Thursday, February 19, 2009

Greetings from Madrid

Yes, folks! Rather than spend February and March mooning around in the cold in San Francisco, I thought it would be more fun to do so in Madrid. So aquí estoy, figuring out yet again how to work this very ethpanish keyboard. I´ve already had to stop by FNAC to buy a mouse (el ratón); my general lack of physical coordination means I am most emphatically not a trackball kind of guy.

I got here on Tuesday -- have spent an inordinate amount of time sleeping since then. But have managed to get out and about enough to check some of my favorite haunts. Will be starting school on Monday - given my usual lack of restraint about these things it will be 7 hours a day of class for the next seven weeks. Though I´m glad to say last year's time in Buenos Aires and Guanajuato were obviously of some use - when I stopped by the school yesterday afternoon to finalize registration details, I managed to acquit myself fairly well.

DonQuijote (the school) has moved to much larger, more luxurious digs since I was here last. I am staying in an apartment I found online and that I've rented for two months until mid-April. it's close to where I stayed last time, so I know the neighborhood, and it's about a 15-minute walk to school, which seems ideal. Given the shameful state I was in by the time I walked up the 4 floors to the apartment with my suitcase on Tuesday, the exercise that walking around madrid will bring can only do me good.

yes, as soon as I get around to it, I will change the name of the blog back to MAINLY ON THE PLAIN.

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