Rest of the 1st week of school

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Tuesday:

Not too much happened on Tuesday as I only had one class at 5 pm, quite the change from Wash U. I got up around 11:30, bought some school supplies, and headed to the gym at school. I recently discovered that I definitely enjoy working out to Techno Music.

Today, I believe, was the first day I went to THE Bocadillo (Sandwich) shops of ALL sandwich shops in the world. In reality, it's called something like "Productos Extremos" or something like that, which is actually a market for cheese, ham, vegetables, and other types of produce. This store is owned and operated by 2 sisters who are also full of love, care, and the mastery of sandwich artistry.

Honestly, I am overwhelmed with options each time I go in there. They have everything: ham, chicken, turkey, sausage, fish, etc for meats. Mozarrella, cheddar, cheese and more queso. Vegetables galore (I recommend the avacado) and spices and sauces such as Pesto.

What's even better is just watching and talking to these two sisters put love and care into their sandwich masterpieces. After you pay, they say, "Adios cariño (sweety, more or less) or "corazón" (heart) and I even got "Hasta luego, tesoro (Treasure!).

Not only did I feel like treasure when I walked out of the store, but I felt like I was eating a treasure chest of full of gold with every bite of the two sandwiches I have had so far.

Tuesday night consisted of Paella for dinner. My first homemade Paella experience in Spain. Maruja made a fantastic rendition of the Spanish delicacy. Delicious yellow rice, chicken, and shrimp with shells still on them, thus making them very difficult to eat.

Night festivities consisted of Seco Cinco once again, where Jóse hooked us up with free rounds and amazing tapas appetizers as always. We introduced a couple more people to local beer-ry and concluded without question, it was definitely our favorite place.

Wednesday:

This day followed suit as did Tuesday, only I had two classes today. I now decided to take the class called "Political and Administrative Structures" as my class with Spaniards.
The class seemed moderately interesting until my friend Jen and I realized we were supposed to hand something in at the end of class. However, because we missed the first class, we had no idea what was going on. We talked to the teacher afterward and all was well.

Bocadillo ensued after class...

10 minutes later, I went to gym, lifted successfully, but then almost upchucked my bocadillo due to the massiveness of it.

As a result, I went home and took a nap. Later that night, we went to an Irish Pub called O'Neill's and enjoyed some drinks and watched the fútbol game of England vs. Spain. Spain won 2-0 so that was pretty cool. We vowerd to go to a Real Madrid game sometime this semester for sure!

Thursday-All went well with 2 classes and an awesome sandwich once again.
We went too hookah bar and another bar around the area of Huertas, which is a pretty happening place for the most part.

Friday:

Friday was fantastic since I did not have to wake up at any time. As such, I decided to wake up around 2pm, and see what Doogan was up to as I wanted to meet up with him the night before, but it didn't work out. Nevertheless, he stumbled into Farber and Mimi, and decided tomorrow was going to be a picnic in Parque del Retiro with Doogan and I.

I took the 15-minute yog (as in jog or yogging-soft J) into the park as my regular cardio exerice. After the brisk run, I found Mimi and Farber, pleasantly sitting about a blanket with a food spread of sliced salchicha (sausage), olives (ew! the worst!), manchengo cheese, onion bread, pizza crackers, and seeded grapes. So for about 1 hour and off, we sat, conversed, and scarfed some little snacks amidst a glorious, 60-degree day in gorgeous Parque del Retiro. Later, Doogan and his friends joined us, along with 2 of Mimi and Farber's aquaintences and just enjoyed a fantastic day in the Park. Once again, I love Spain.

Tomorrow I embark for Segovia and Toledo with the WashU program. Updates on architecture to be continued...

Jake
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