It was just the break I needed, and it was a totally different to the pace of life here. Here I have a fairly hectic lifestyle (heheh, usually….tonight I’m writing this curled up in front of a movie sipping tea!) in a very sleepy rural environment….conversely in Madrid I had a much more relaxed time of things, but in this crazy urban sprawl. You know how they say New York is the city that never sleeps? Well Madrid would have to be the city that never shuts up! I had heard about it’s noisiness beforehand, but it really is extreme. 3 a.m. and you’ve got people shouting, rubbish being collected, whistles being blown, and car horns (always with the car horns!).
It was also a headtrip being in a country where I spoke none of the language – previous visits have been to the US or Canada, or France or Germany, all of which speak languages I know / have studied / grew up among. Spanish, however, was pretty much an unknown quantity! I was fairly good at picking it up though, and the Madrilenos were so tolerant of my amateurish efforts! Hannah and I even managed a whole musical in Spanish – guess who came back with the soundtrack to Jesuchristo Superstar in her luggage?
It was really good fun, and now I just have to decide which city to do next… Rome, Dublin, Berlin and New York are all near the top of the list… I might do Dublin next term – but don’t let me kiss the Blarney stone, please – can you imagine a more talkative me?