B.I.T (Bullfighters in Training)
Trip Start Sep 02, 2013
32Trip End Jun 14, 2014
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University of Castile-La Mancha
The next morning Katelyn had class from 10-1. I decided to take the morning to sleep in a little bit, make myself a nice breakfast, take a shower and watch some TV. By the time I was ready, Katelyn had come home from her class
We had a relaxing afternoon and dinner. Then at midnight,we went out to the Spanish Parking Lot Party. It is exactly what it sounds like. A parking lot filled with Spanish students drinking, talking and listening to the music that was blasting out of the cars that lined the parking lot. Only staying for just over an hour, I got to meet some more of the students from her University, a very interesting cultural experience. We finished our night by Skyping our old roommate Natalie back at Laurentian. It was great for all of us to in a way all be together again!
Katelyn had Friday off of school for All Saints Day, so after breakfast we went back to the train station to head back into Madrid. In Madrid we went to the Plaza de Toros and go through the building listening to an audio guide. It was amazing to see the inside of the stadium, walk on the bullfighting ring and learn about the history of bullfighting. This is the place in Madrid, that for 2 weeks every June they fight around 6 bulls each day. In the history of the ring, since 1930, only one bull has every been saved
After the bull ring, we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the streets of Madrid until we found a nice tapas restaurant to get dinner. We got 12 different tapas and a jug of sangria to share. The tapas included blood sausage, croquttas, potatoes, grilled peppers, salad, meatballs, calamari, battered shrimp and Spanish sausage. It was a fantastic choice, and the Sangria was great too!
We finished our night walking around Plaza Mayor, doing some shopping, buying artwork and eating churros with hot chocolate, yum!
That night we stayed in a hostel right downtown. Katelyn and I shared a room with a guy from Venezuela and another from China (or what I assume by the Chinese he was speaking during his sleep) . My flight back to Amiens left at 7:10 Saturday morning. Leaving the hostel at 4:30, I said a quick goodbye to Katelyn.
This past week was my first time traveling alone. And I have to say I am very proud of myself for all I accomplished. Along the way I also learned a lot; how important it is to get outside of your comfort zone, to meet new people, to not let silly things stop you (like rain or money), and to have a much more positive outlook, that sometimes when things go wrong, I just have to stop and remember what an accomplishment it is on its own for me to be here and how lucky I am.