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And I’m hit with a little culture shock

Hello everyone!  Thanks for all the e-mails and inquiries.  I hope you are all enjoying being snowed in and frozen to death during the storm of the century.  Things are going well, but today was a tough day for some reason.  Currently I have 5 dollars left and I’m waiting on one card to arrive from the U.S. and I have to wait 10 days for my bank card here to work.  The bad thing is that I need to buy a new Metro pass (47.50 euros) until then I’m buying per trip (1 euro).  I tried to go to the bank today and of course they close at 2:30 p.m. (I arrived at 2:45).

Um, I’ve had both my intercambio language exchanges and they’ve been interesting. My first one was with Alberto you is currently out of a job and trying to brush up on his spanish.  Instead of sitting and talking we walked all over Madrid.  We started at 4:30 and finished at 7:00.  Now don’t get me wrong the exercise was good, but I walked for 2.5 hours.  My feet hurt.  Today I met with Cristóbal, who is a history professor. He is 45 I think and is not what I consider a professor, but it’s Spain so whatever.  He currently works on a T.V. show set called Águila Roja (Red Eagle) which is a show about Spain in the Medieval days.  He also showed me a lot of places to eat and where to get a good fried calamari sandwich.  He had café, a beer, and another beer + tapa.  Let’s just say I’ll need to plan more accordingly with my money the next time.

I’m home for the night and though I’d put up a few more pictures of my Palacio Real trip now that the slideshow thing is working.  Let me know which way you guys prefer to see my pictures please.

[imagebrowser id=3] ( I changed this for Megan)

After finishing this post I want an Arni’s Jr., free drink refills, a good movie night with friends, and ice cream.  All of those unavailable as of yet in Spain.

  1. megan says:

    Aw! We miss you too! Do you need us to send you some money via Western Union (I have always wanted to do that)? And I don’t know if anyone has told you but it is not lovely swirling snow, it is hard pelty sleet. There was probably only 2 inches on the drive way, but it weighed a ton!
    I will make sure I eat an Arni’s jr for you. It is a difficult sacrifice, but for you, I think I can muster it. Just don’t ask me to put french on it. That’s where I draw the line.
    p.s. no likey the slide show. We need captions!!!!! No slacking.

  2. Darcy says:

    I love and miss you, Grant. I would mail you ice cream if I could! Also, I’m jealous of the fried calamari sandwich.

  3. Mary Mills says:

    Hope your card came or you got to the bank on time. Can’t you use your credit card to charge your bus pass or get a cash advance so you have some $? Hope you have a great weekend. We are having breakfast with Jonathan and Everette at Cristos in the AM. Love seeing all your pictures. Your camera is taking nice ones. I am getting excited about visiting you this summer!

  4. megan says:

    Love the captions, especially of pictures 3 and 7.
    p.s. went to Arni’s for you Sunday.

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