Sunday, October 5, 2014

Madrid: Week 1. Craziness Level 8.

It's been exactly a week since I've been here in Madrid. Still feels unreal, but I'm looking forward to call this my third home pretty soon.

This week was mainly about organizing my life and doing all the necessary to "move" here permanently. Looking for apartments, fixing my papers, bla bla bla.

Although I was able to do one touristy thing and went to the Prado Museum which was amazing. I'm not an art connoisseur but I realized I like paintings more than sculptures. My favorite one was The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch. I think I stood in front of the painting for like 15minutes. It's a 3-piece painting showing the Creation, Earth with temptations and hell in great detail. You can't take photos of the paintings in the Museum but you can't really appreciate the intricacy unless you're really there.

Going back to the Spanish normal life, I really like the fact that people are very friendly and warm here (the polar opposite of what Singapore is for me). Everyone will just say Hola! to you randomly - but I wish I can speak Spanish because most people can't understand Ingles. :(

And then there are the tapas, the vino and the cervesa. It's very cheap here as compared to Singapore. Bought a bottle of red wine earlier today and it was just 4.95EUR!! Plus if you go to the restaurants, they will give you chips or olives on the side every time you order drinks! And it's like 3EUR per glass. I can also see that Spanish people like staying outdoors, maybe that's why all these coffee and tapas places are everywhere. Just walk a few steps and you'll see another one in the corner. I'm still getting used to the food though. I still love my rice but I do like their jamon!

The biggest change for me is definitely living alone - I don't have my Roomie anymore :( But I've gotta move on and grow up. And it's been tiring viewing houses. Some rooms are too small, no windows. Then there are gorgeous ones but the people you will live with are quite meh. I still have tomorrow to decide but I think I know which one to pick.

I'm currently living in a service apartment sponsored by my company and I'm still getting used to being alone - hence the reason for blogging because I'm going mad without someone to talk to in person (do note I've been whatsapping constantly and skyping with family and friends YET I still feel ALONE!!!!).

However, I've been kept entertained by all the livestreamed shows and movies (horay for couchtuner and popcorntime) but mostly because of all the crazy nonsense mishaps I've been doing in this apartment.

MISHAP #1: I was calling up people to view apartments but no one ever picks up their phone - then one time someone did and I got all excited and accidentally wrote a long straight line on the bed sheet with my blue pen. Panic attack so I hurriedly removed the sheet, went to the sink and tried to rub it off - did not work. So I rushed to the washing machine to clean it off. Thank god the stain was removed.

MISHAP #2: Never used a dishwasher before. I was too lazy to clean the dishes so I tried to use it. Worked the first time but I didn't put any soap. I became suspicious about how clean the plates are so I tried the second time but this time adding some liquid soap. When the cleaning was done, I realized I put too much because it was full of foam when I opened it. Fail. So had to redo again until all the soap is gone.

MISHAP #3: My skin is getting too dry here so I bought a bottle of Dove. After showering, I was so excited to lotion up. So rub rub rub. The lotion felt a bit thick, but I continued on. I dunno but I grew suspicious so I googled "Gel De Ducha"...It was a shower gel :( So i had to take a shower again... :(

MISHAP #4 (the best one ever): My bathroom is connected to my room. So the usual showering occurred...After 5 minutes, I REALIZED I FORGOT TO CLOSE THE SHOWER DOOR! All the water came out, almost flooding the bathroom, and also started going inside the room! Another heart attack moment, I rushed out and started laying out all the towels to absorb the water. Eventually, with the help of 3 big ass towels and a mop, the bathroom and room have been saved!

It's been only a week and I suspect more craziness to come ;)

XOXO I miss my girls and boys in SG and MNL! Lots of love from the other side of the world!