Kate in Madrid
Today was my first Sunday in Madrid. I started off by seeing my water polo team play this morning at Mundial. They won! Estel and Eva, two of the porteras, did really well. After the game I caught the end of a masas at Santa Ginez near Sol. . .i stopped a priest in the middle of Sol to find out exactly where it was haha. Then I went to the park at the Palacio Real. I couldn't believe I was sitting in this amazing place just reading a novel for class (in Spanish) like it was this normal, daily thing. And for so many people it is! Everyone was coming out of )or going to _ Mass in the Cathedral, and enjoying the late Sunday morning. There were couples with babies in strollers, people walking their labrador retrievers, and kids playing on the little swingset. And I thought, wow, I am more or less just like them right now. I am not really a tourist on vacation - I am a student, and I have an address in MADRID. As much as I love it - and especially the fact that for a big city it is very different, very personal - I think it could be very easy to become desensitized to a lot of things, especially poverty. Beggars are eveywhere, and it is sad these days how little you can trust people. It keeps people from being charitable. Two new girls live with us now! They are nice, and they will probably be fairly easy to live with, but yikes - 4 girls and ONE bathroom. And it's not like the Gartland bathroom. This should be interesting in th mornings. . .I am going to have to get myself up earlier. . .or sleep in later. They are also very particular about their food. One is a vegetarian and the other didn't even so much as try the paella that our senora made. I mean, c'mon, you are in SPAIN and you live with a woman who used to own her own restaurant! Tonight is the Corrido de Toros! I don't know how I will react. . .yikes. . .