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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.

Palacio Real

Picture 1 of 7

Eduardo and I in front of the Royal Palace. For some reason we always take bro pictures and chicas picture, but never together.

( 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.