I arrived here in Madrid last Thursday and I'm having an amazing time exploring this beautiful city! I'm here to do an internship with 1 Kilo de Ayuda, a non-profit organization that raises funds for projects relating to health, education, and employment. My main responsibilities include media design and production while also maintaining various social networking sites. I've been staying at hostels for the past week by myself but other students in the program are arriving next week.
|My room at Uhostels|
After getting all of that figured out, I was able to finally see the city! First thing I noticed trying to get around was the street signs. They are tiny and located in the most random locations on the side of buildings. I have absolutely no idea how people dry here! I can't even navigate my way through the streets using GPS.
Let's play "Can you spot the street signs?"
By now, you probably get the point.
|El Oso y el Madroño|
In Puerta de Sol, what the tour guide referred
to as Madrid's "Statue of Liberty"
On a walking I got to see Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and the Royal Palace. These were all beautiful places and it was interesting to hear the history that the buildings and statues reflect. The tour guide mentioned that throughout Madrid, you can find holes on the sides of buildings and structures that are from bullets from the Civil War.
On Monday, I started my internship and met everyone at my office. Everyone is really welcoming and patient with me trying to understand their Spanish. This week, I've mainly been searching on the Internet for other companies to collaborate with and doing some advertisement design. Because today is the Madrid holiday for San Isidro, I'm off of work today and tomorrow!
Lastly, I'd like to introduce Menú del Día. Restaurants here give special lunch deals where you can order two plates, a drink, and a dessert for just 10-15 euro. By the end of the meals, I'm always sick from eating too much! Here, lunch is the biggest meal of the day and doesn't start until two. Dinner is always really late, eight at the earliest. I'm having trouble adjusting to these strange eating schedule but I'm getting there!
That's all for this week!