Well everyone, I'M HERE! I still can't believe I am currently living in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my entire life. These first few days have been crazy and orientation hasn't even officially started yet! Nevertheless I will recap these past few days to the best of my post-siesta ability.
DAY ONE: THE FLIGHT TO MADRID
The plane ride to Madrid was a breeze!! I was nervous about the TSA and all that, but it wasn't difficult. Most of the Bradley kids arrived at O'Hare to take our 4:55pm flight to Madrid. I think we all were nervous, anxious and excited, but we clicked pretty easily so the time waiting to board flew by fairly quickly. Once on the plane I realized how large international flights can be; the plane was massive! I was closer to the back and had a middle seat. To my left I sat next to a lady from Spain who didn't speak any English so she just kept smiling at me, which was cute. To my right I met a student in my same program and another guy from UW-Whitewater who was studying abroad in Madrid. We chatted a bit, but we mostly did our own thing.
The flight was about 8 hours total, not including the time difference, so not too bad. The food on the flight was pretty good and I'm glad they had a vegetarian option! I thought I was going to sleep through the flight, but I realized I could watch movies and play games on the TV screen, so I indulged. I played Solitaire, Bejeweled, Bowling and Who Wants to be a Millionaire (I sucked at that one, never going on that show in real life). I also watched the Maze Runner and Lucy. I liked both, but Lucy was confusing as I am still unsure as to what I watched…
DAY TWO: THE FLIGHT AND BUS TO GRANADA
Once we landed in Madrid I was in awe of their airport. Not only was it huge, but basically a mini-mall. It's like a very expensive mall with stores like Burberry, Zara and Victoria's Secret. After going through customs and a 26 minute walk to our gate, we sat in the airport for layover about 4 hours. Our flight didn't get posted until 15 minutes before we left, which made us nervous, but we made it work! Once we landed we were greeted by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and palm trees. After a bus ride to Hotel Melia we at lunch since they eat later here, between 2pm and 3pm.
After lunch we walked around and explored "El Centro" where I tripped on cobblestone and decided I seriously needed to ride on a motorcycle before May!! After a heavenly siesta-jet lagged nap, we went out for tapas, vino and cerveza at Navas 14 with the coolest waiter ever. Don't worry y'all, I'm legal here. :) We met up with some of the other kids in our program too, met two locals at another tapas bar and finally ended our night with mojitos at a club called Kuvee. We even danced with Ruben and Lydia who were there too. Overall, it was a great first night here in Granada! I can't wait to see what happens next.
I'd rather splurge on a good meal than a nice hotel, wine than water and plane tickets than club covers. Traveling and eating are my two favorite things, so follow my journey to see where I go and eat next! I'm just living my best life.