March 13, 2004
i went to the protest against terrorism last night with a friend from school. all major cities in spain participated. it was huge. i?ve never been among that many people in my life. it was raining and freezing. we got to one spot in the street and stood in the median and we could see the view of the plaza de cibeles. it was incredible. people were spilling into the plaza from all angles. definitely an experience i?ll remember.
steph and i went to a mall outside of the city today called xanadu. it has indoor go-carts, bowling and skiing. and a mcdonalds. take a wild guess where we ate lunch. it?s a very sweet mall. all the coolest stores that are in the city, except all in one location. and we both bought these cool earrings from h&m to wear at softball games. they?re dangly skull and crossbones. might be dangerous running the bases. maybe we can tuck them in our ears or something when we?re up at bat.
last night i watched forrest gump dubbed in spanish with the son of the senora i live with. it was funny. ??mi madre siempre me dec?a que la vida es como una caja de bombones. nunca sabes que vas a tocar.?? ha ha.
tonight i?m just going to go home and get some homework done. i?m beat from shopping.
check you later.
March 11, 2004
a terrorist group bombed the train station in madrid this morning. but don´t worry, it wasn´t close to where i live or go to school. but it´s still crazy here. like 9 11 in madrid. apparently the worst terrorist attack in spain ever.
March 09, 2004
it´s been a while, no?
how´s life? life´s great here. my trip this past weekend was just what i needed to reflect and remember that my life in madrid is not real. of course, neither is life on the camino (for those of you just tuning in, last weekend i flew to santiago de compostela to walk to the coast). i had a lot of time to think and just get out of the city mindset for a few days. i won´t elaborate, because i´m sure it´d bore you to death. but saturday, the 3rd day, was gorgeous. i walked alone from cee (a port town) to finisterre (the edge of the world, before columbus´ day). practically the whole walk was beside the ocean and it was a beautiful day.
so, i´m not depressed anymore. that´s a good thing. i´m in one of the best moods i´ve been in since i got here.
we made our reservations for the hotel in rome today. apparently, there´s some sort of conference there, so it was hard to find rooms. but we´re staying in a 4 star in the center of the city for only 32 euros a night. sweet. 1 week.
this week´s just chill, since all the traveling is coming up. yesterday, i did nothing, since i didn´t get back from santiago till 8am then went straight to school till 5pm. finally got home around 7 and i showered and washed clothes and did homework and talked with the rents till dinner at 1130pm. today we bought bus tickets to barcelona (we´re flying out of there for rome because it´s cheaper), went to the travel agent to find a hotel in rome, went to starbucks, did some shopping. steph, emily, stacey and i went to ben and jerry´s a little while ago to celebrate emily and eric´s anniversary.
i think we´re going to see school of rock later this week. i´ve already seen it, but steph hasn´t, and some other friends of ours want to go to the movies. thursday or friday we´ll go out because i didn´t last week. and that´s a good enough reason. saturday steph and i want to go to a big mall outside of madrid. and sunday we´ll go to the rastro (the flea market). that´s about it.
hey ya is playing. hella awesome.