After looking at the previous posts I've made, I realized that I haven't exactly described my living situation for those of you who may not know. I technically have a "Señora" (host family), but we don't really live with her. She and her husband live in the apartment right next to ours. They live completely separately from us... so that's why we're responsible for our own cooking and laundry...
...even though cooking and washing dishes is a whole new concept to me, I feel right at home doing my own laundry! It may seem uncharacteristic for me (lol), but by choice I have been washing my own clothes for at least 8 years now. (If Bob Rusk were responsible for the laundry in your home, you'd do your own too! haha) What I WASN'T ready for, was a washing machine that can fit about 3 things and NO dryer. I can deal with small loads of laundry. But hanging clothes outside to dry is just sketchy to me. At home, I opt to hang the clothes I don't put in the dryer INSIDE the house. Unlike many people, I hate the "fresh" smell of the outdoors, and CAN'T STAND the stiffness of them.
Our apartment building has a "courtyard" type thing in the middle of it, and clothes lines that run through it. Since our apartments are "U" shaped, they run from one window to the other. I caved in and did some laundry for the first time a few days ago... and was so nervous hanging my clothes on the line. #1) The only time I've ever used a clothes line in my life, was using the poles as Monkey Bars in my Grandma & Grandpa's backyard... and #2) WE LIVE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR! If something falls, I'd have to go down and knock on the door of the people who live on the ground floor, and ask them to crawl out their window to go grab it for me. (I looked, and there are no doors to the courtyard... just windows) Thankfully everything went well, and nothing was lost (this time).
Nothing too exciting has happened lately (hello, I just wrote multiple paragraphs about laundry). School and school work has been taking up a lot of my time, and I'm trying to get as much sleep as the Spanish lifestyle will allow. On Saturday, we did go to El Escorial. It's a historic royal site just outside of Madrid. It's a monastery, palace, cathedral, library, museum, school and more. It's HUGE. The creepiest part for me was that we got to go down into the basement with tombs of members of the royal family. It was actually really cool, but the rooms seemed to be never ending and I definitely had the heebie jeebies the whole time!
The town it's in (San Lorenzo de El Escorial) is very picturesque. It has mountains peeking into the sky and is full of narrow, steep streets lined with shops and cafes.
This weekend 2 of my roommates, 2 other girls from school and I are going to Sevilla! I have heard wonderful things about the city, so I am very excited. We're actually leaving tomorrow (Thursday) after class and will return to Madrid late Saturday night. We're taking a bus there and will be sleeping in a Hostel. I've only had one hostel experience in my life, and it was creepy... so hopefully this weekend goes well! :)
Hope everything is going great for all of you... and I'm sorry that my blog is so boring, haha! I will post pictures from Sevilla after I return.
Sangria and Tapas
Madrid at night