Recently the four-month mark has passed on my time living in Madrid, and I can’t believe it’s nearly over already! I’ve dedicated some time (time spent not studying for finals) to reflect on a few places in Madrid and ways I have made it a second home.
My university is located about 30 minutes away from the city centre and studying here feels vastly different than back at home – through a combination of being in Spain and the types of classes that I’m taking, which have absolutely no relation to my degree. I’ve taken online journalism, film/TV directing, international journalism and structure and information effects on media systems (which essentially critiques how information is reported across all different types of media).
My classes are divided into a lecture and then a practical session, where we are given tasks to complete in class – so it’s run more like a high school than a university. This is also the case in that the sizes of each of my classes range between 20-40 people (both lectures and practicals), whereas back home my lectures could hold up to +200.
Three exams left! (Well – two exams and one final essay)
My morning kick at Coffee and Kicks
Generally if I’m not in my flat I’m here (or at AbonaVida, more on that below), drinking a cafe con leche de soja. The cafe is inspired by the owner’s love of sneakers and they brew a fantastic coffee. I’m going to miss coming in and the barista memorising my order. I’m currently on my 4th loyalty card so I believe I’m one of their most dedicated customers! 😛
Coffee, tea, drinks, tapas – AbonaVida has a lot to offer and more, most of it is sourced organically. During the day the vibe is quiet and relaxing which made it to be a calm place to do any work or take a step outside the flat.
A second to talk about one of the coolest places I’ve recently been to – the Anticafe in La Latina. The bar has a hipster ambience with a wide range of drinks and the best sangria I’ve had here!
Planning a month’s worth of backpacking through Italy, Greece, Germany, Belgium and France!!! Also a visit from my Mum where we’ll be seeing Valencia and Barcelona! So although this post I think is a bit short, there is definitely so much more to expect from me 😉