A fantastic first night in Spain..
Trip Start Jun 17, 2009
3Trip End Aug 04, 2009
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Where I stayed
in ''la villa universitaria''
It wasn't much of a fun flight... I had the only non-reclining seat on the plane (and it was totally booked) all the way to Madrid. I brought too much luggage (and I really didn't do bad for 7 weeks here). At the airport in Madrid, I had to get my luggage and then take a bus to another terminal.. the airport is gigantic... and it's not like the driver gets out and helps you with all your bags. Two ''madrileñas'' (that would be ''women from Madrid''), were making fun of me because they assumed I didn't know any Spanish... laughing while smoking some cigarettes, watching me going back and forth from the bus dragging on luggage and saying in Spanish "wait for me, wait for me." I spoke back to them en español about how I was staying for 7 weeks, and they could give me a hand instead of laughing if they wished, and they looked surprised to hear Spanish.
I started to discover the city today and made lots of mistakes.. took the wrong bus number... ate at the wrong times... gave incorrect money... but that's all part of the experience! I feel like I'm already starting to understand how it all works now that I've been here a day. By dinner time, a friend of mine from Central arrived.. his name is Dirk (from Petosky), and we had a great evening with a few other students. It is 4:00 am here in Spain, and I just got home (as is custom here). Nobody goes out until 10:00 or 11:00 at night..and the streets are packed. We sat outside at a corner bar, drank some Sangria, and then headed to "Casa Inés'' for some salsa dancing.. and I had a GREAT time... it's been a long time since I've danced some salsa.. and it was a blast. We all signed up for ''bachata'' lessons, which start next week.
This week there is a HUGE festival in Alicante, called ''Las Hogueras.'' Basically, it's a festival to celebrate the start of summer and is the biggest festival of the year here. There are all kinds of gigantic floats and foam statues built all around the city that make either political, social, or historical statements (or just for fun). There are concerts, dancing, music, etc in the streets all hours of the night for three days, and the last night of las hogueras, all the foam floats and statues are burned in huge fires in the middle of the city. I will be sure to take lots of photos and videos tomorrow as these are all beginning to be displayed around the city.
Tomorrow night is more salsa.. watch for pics and videos to come :)