I have been here since January 9th, which actually seems like forever ago! I live very close to school (a five minute walk) which is nice because I know more than a few students who have to take a 20 minute Metro ride! I live with a senora, Esperanza, and another student, Jessica. We each have our own spacious and furnished room, and share a bathroom.
Esperanza is great! She is a funny Spanish grandma who speaks ABSOLUTELY no English. I probably looked like a deer in the headlights the first few days, but I am becoming much better at understanding at least the basics of what she is saying (responding, however, is a different story...). The other day, I asked her if she knew any English from previous students, and she instantly said, "NO! I am NOT going to learn English so you all HAVE to learn Spanish... you came to Spain to learn Spanish!) Point taken, Esperanza :)
Here are a few pictures I took today.
These are on the balcony of one of the SLU Madrid buildings. One side is the city...
DO NOT let the blue skies fool you.. this is probably the second time I have seen the sun since being here! The weather is unusually nasty, with snow, rain, and generally gloomy skies. I am hoping it gets better soon!