So we are on our second day in Madrid. We have yet to take many pictures and enjoy it because of the short amount of time we have to find a place to live. We can't afford to stay in a hostel or hotel forever so we are pushing to find one! :)
So two days ago we drove from Barcelona to Zaragoza. We decided to break up our trip into Madrid and get to know another city. Zaragoza is a quant city but nothing really exciting. At least we didn't think it was. Yesterday we left Zaragoza and drove into Madrid. The trip was about 3 hours and there was not much to see. Brian said it looked like what he expects to drive through if we went to new Mexico. Pure desert. But the cool thing is the fact that every once in a while we would see ruins of old little castles and every so often fields of sunflowers. But that was the highlight of the road trip. Once we arrived to Madrid we got lost in the highway tunnel that I guess takes you all around the center of Madrid but under ground. We finally got out and found our way to the location we are staying at. We are staying at an air b'n'b location. The way it works is people offer their house to travelers. They charge a fee per night, but it is a lot cheaper than what you would expect to pay at a hotel. It might not be for everyone, but we love it. We are staying with a couple who are from Peru. They have lived here for about 6 years now. They have been so helpful in telling us what to expect when searching for an apartment, the price range, and the best and safer locations. We barely got to meet Alejandra today because she is in her residency so she was on a 24 hour hospital shift. Last night chris and his friend Paul took us out to watch Barcelona vs. Villa Real. Of course Barcelona wooped! We watched it at an Irish pub and had some Irish beer. They also ordered typical tapas for us. And FINALLY something worth eating. :) we had patata arugada, huevos rotos, and little green peppers that are roasted typical from Galicia. It was so good. So I am glad they took us out and ordered.
We also got to meet Chris's friend Paul who surfs!? Ironic!? Brian was beyond ecstatic to find out and got a chance to exchange info so that they can go on trips together. This guy goes like at least every other weekend, which obviously made Brians day. So we ended last night good, full, and tired. Today we searched and searches for apartments with no luck. We did get a chance to visit some nice areas of Madrid, and decided that we really want to find an apartment in La Latina. It has everything we need, coffee shops, grocery stores, the park, and the best market! Mercado the San Miguel. It was love at first sight. They have everything I could ask for! Just google it and you will see. Or on second thought, come visit us please :) we bought fresh made pasta, raviolis, juice (oh the fresh fruit juice :), I wanted ice cream, and jamon serano, and wine, and olives, and paella. But I couldn't. But when we got back to the house we made the pasta with pesto and it was the end of our night. No apartment, but a good cheaper home made dinner.
Well my hearts, I am very tired, have to get ready for another day of searching, but I hope my next blog had good news about our living situation. Buenas noches! <3 Nat