Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lately part 2

Venezuelan dinner

Photo shoot

Modal verbs musical chairs, anyone?


Popcorn castle!

First interviews!

Taking a break at Cien Montaditos

Chocolate sandwich and tinto de verano

Monday, September 19, 2011

Yes, we're alive

Hi. We are here. You can find us locked in our apartment under lesson plans, construction paper and cardboard.

Barely any time to blog these days, but I at least wanted to share the kinds of things we've been working on.

Below, a little bit of home made its way into my lesson about the who/what/where/when of festivals. :) (Elementary level)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lately

Plaza Mayor

Almudena Cathedral
Palacio Real de Madrid

Practicing our lessons at home

Study snack: white Cheetos

Our plaza

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Our Classmates


Our first class outing (missing a few!). So lovely to finally get the chance to know each other outside of school. It´s going to be a great month!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Good & The Weird

What I'm really liking so far…

1. Having sangria every night. (I'm talking the 1 euro gigantic bottle I have sitting in my fridge like it's Kool-aid or something :))

2. The weather. Pleasantly mild during the day and cool at night.

3. Friendly Spanish people. I hope it's not just because we look foreign, but locals have been so kind and considerate - from the guy on the metro whom I accidentally hit with my bag to the patient store owners who let us practice our Spanish instead of forking over the "dos empanadas carnes, por favor!" and shooing us away. So many "perdons" and "no pasa nadas" with a smile. Love it.

4. Our program, TtMadrid. More on that later. But basically, if you're looking for a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) program in Spain and you want the best, go here.


Some struggles (These were manageable but by no means convenient :))

- REGULAR coffee. You know, the normal black kind to which you add cream and sugar?! I'm sure this was mainly a language barrier problem on our end, but we couldn't wait long enough. So, our solution: Buy fresh grounds from Starbucks and buy our own little trusty coffee maker.

- The customer is always right….not. While most American companies cater to their consumers (like 80% about the consumer and 20% the employees), in Spain it's more like 50/50. That means hours of operation are limited, and stores just do their own thing in general. Difficult when you are trying to get things done, especially on the weekends. Our solution: If it's open, shop in bulk.

- Finding our cooking repertoire. Thank goodness for pasta and sauce - always a good go-to when you don't have time, money or the whereabouts of sliced turkey. Or ground beef. Or chicken. Or peanut butter. Or salad. Or fresh milk (most places have this power milk stuff, or milk-in-a-box…. not for us:)). Our solution: If you find something you like, buy a lot of it. And remember that store! (I'll blog a list of top ones eventually)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 2: Holy jetlag!

So.... we slept for 12 hours when we only meant for 6. I guess that´s what happens when you´re awake and moving into a new continent for 24+ hours.

But those were 24 super productive hours. We bought and installed new stuff for the flat, explored our neighborhood and Gran Via, went grocery shopping and cooked our first meal, went to El Corte Ingles (which is like if Macy´s were to sell everything that Wal Mart does), and took our first siesta (which was very painful to wake up from). At night, we went wandering around, taking in the night scene. Lots of people - all ages, all different kinds, celebrating lots of different things (we could tell by the different themed costumes lol)...

Today, we´re doing more home stuff, feeling out the area, finding a church and hopefully practicing our train route to school. (Side note: School starts tomorrow, so I´m hoping we can continue to post frequently...)

Besos

Outside our apartment

Fixing stuff up

A La Plaza de España

David in the plaza on our corner

Saturday, September 3, 2011

We´re here!

We´ve arrived safely to our new home. Not really sure what time it is, but we haven´t slept for more than two hours since we left. We found our apartment and already started home improvements. So far, we´ve been able to get everything we need done with our limited Spanish and pantomime.

Today we´re off to find our own Internet so we can keep these posts coming without having to run to the cafe...

Here are some pictures. Hasta luego,
David

Malasaña - our new neighborhood
Spanish bakery... they sell meat too. Kind of weird but we were excited.



Friday, September 2, 2011

Peace out, America!

In Miami and we were already mistaken for being Spanish! Lol... OK, so maybe it was more David and less me. But a lovely Spanish lady asked us what time the "avion" lands in Madrid... And we both smiled big smiles at her and said ummmmmmmmm. Lol... Whatever, we made a new friend and had a quick Spanish lesson. She said "gra-thee-as."

A little rainy and we're 15 minutes delayed, but all is well with us. :)

-Alexis

Sent from my iPhone.

Start of our new adventure

Some goodbyes...

Us with my not-so-baby-anymore cousins, Sarah and Amanda. [We're missing AJ here!]

August was filled with great times in Florida with some of our family and friends. So sad to say goodbye...