B.I.T (Bullfighters in Training)

Trip Start Sep 02, 2013
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Trip End Jun 14, 2014


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Where I stayed
Katelyn's Apartment
What I did
University of Castile-La Mancha

Flag of Spain  , Castile-La Mancha,
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Katelyn met me at the train station. It was so exciting to finally see a familiar face after being away from home for two months! We walked the 20 minutes back to her apartment, talking non-stop about everything that we have been up to since arriving in Europe. Once there, we didn't stay long. I dropped off my stuff and we were back out the door to go see one of her friends. We showed up at his house just after 10 and he was just finishing making dinner, what a coincidence. Katelyn's friend Luca is from Italy and had made us dinner of homemade gnocchi and tiramisu, it was absolutely delicious! And it was nice to sit around and talk with some of the friends Katelyn has made since being in Spain.

The next morning Katelyn had class from 10-1. I decided to take the morning to sleep in a little bit, make myself a nice breakfast, take a shower and watch some TV. By the time I was ready, Katelyn had come home from her class. Along with her roommate Veronique (another girl from Laurentian) we went out to downtown Ciudad Real. We went to a cute little restaurant for lunch and then I got the full tour of the city, some of the statues, the parks and Katelyn's University.
We had a relaxing afternoon and dinner. Then at midnight,we went out to the Spanish Parking Lot Party. It is exactly what it sounds like. A parking lot filled with Spanish students drinking, talking and listening to the music that was blasting out of the cars that lined the parking lot. Only staying for just over an hour, I got to meet some more of the students from her University, a very interesting cultural experience. We finished our night by Skyping our old roommate Natalie back at Laurentian. It was great for all of us to in a way all be together again!

Katelyn had Friday off of school for All Saints Day, so after breakfast we went back to the train station to head back into Madrid. In Madrid we went to the Plaza de Toros and go through the building listening to an audio guide. It was amazing to see the inside of the stadium, walk on the bullfighting ring and learn about the history of bullfighting. This is the place in Madrid, that for 2 weeks every June they fight around 6 bulls each day. In the history of the ring, since 1930, only one bull has every been saved.
After the bull ring, we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the streets of Madrid until we found a nice tapas restaurant to get dinner. We got 12 different tapas and a jug of sangria to share. The tapas included blood sausage, croquttas, potatoes, grilled peppers, salad, meatballs, calamari, battered shrimp and Spanish sausage. It was a fantastic choice, and the Sangria was great too!
We finished our night walking around Plaza Mayor, doing some shopping, buying artwork and eating churros with hot chocolate, yum!

That night we stayed in a hostel right downtown. Katelyn and I shared a room with a guy from Venezuela and another from China (or what I assume by the Chinese he was speaking during his sleep) . My flight back to Amiens left at 7:10 Saturday morning. Leaving the hostel at 4:30, I said a quick goodbye to Katelyn.


This past week was my first time traveling alone. And I have to say I am very proud of myself for all I accomplished. Along the way I also learned a lot; how important it is to get outside of your comfort zone, to meet new people, to not let silly things stop you (like rain or money), and to have a much more positive outlook, that sometimes when things go wrong, I just have to stop and remember what an accomplishment it is on its own for me to be here and how lucky I am.
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Uncle Don on

Very proud of you. What a wonderful week of travel .Thanks so much for sharing

Mom on

So... it looks like red wine sangria. Did you make Katelyn drink 90% of it like you did to me in Barcelona?

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