My Bullshit Bingo thoughts in the Spanish capital.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I am halfway through my third working week here in Madrid, and although it's not exactly easy to be back in a cubicle, constantly being bombarded with questions in technical Spanish (questions I probably knew the answer to 16 months ago, but that's now long forgotten, if I had only understood what they asked me in the first place), I have yet to throw in the towel. While attending my first team meeting, I did however get a bit worried when my first thoughts were "Bullshit Bingo!!!" and "What the heck am I doing here? Nothing has changed!" I hope it's all part of the "Homecoming Blues" and not just selfish me (some friends just called me from the Canary Islands, where they are on a weeks holiday. "We are on the beach now, drinking kick-ass cocktails while watching the sunset". "That's not fair, I want a holiday too!!!" I immediately replied). Hmm, I'll give it some time, and I am sure it will be fine, ...hopefully.

Well, enough work for now. As I mentioned in the previous blog, I have never been to Madrid before. So in fact I am pretty excited. I have managed to see quite a bit of the city already, and also sampled the nightlife a few times (what did you expect???). Central Madrid seems pretty compact, so most interesting places are within walking distance. I think the city itself is pretty, with many nice parks, plazas, museums and buildings. And most importantly, the city seems very lively. There's tons of bars (I don't think I have seen as many Irish pubs in any other city) and restaurants, streets full of people all night long, and it's all mixed with nice sunny weather. I just read in my guide book that Madrid is infamous for it's climate. Apparently they have nine months of "invierno" (winter) and three months of "infierno" (Hell). I am sure the summers here in Madrid are pretty darn hot, but when "utepils sesongen har allerede startet" and I have already walked around in a t-shirt and seen nothing but sun since I came here, I don't think there's much to complain about (beats the winter in Scandinavia for sure ;-). So, I am pretty sure I will like it here (I just have to stop going to all those Irish pubs where there's nothing but English speaking foreigners, so I get to learn some more Spanish)...
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