Well goodbye weekend and hello New York

This past weekend was my last weekend in Madrid for about two months and one of the funnest weekends I have had here so far. I am heading back to New York to see my family and I am extremely excited to see my babies.

Anyways, back to this weekend. This weekend was ridiculously crazy and not in a partying way but just in all that I did. Lets begin with the bad and end with the good. June is the last month for one of my friends living in Madrid before she moves to Malta. She wanted to have a little get together and go out to celebrate her time here in Madrid and of course I was like that’s a great idea. After spending the afternoon and early evening with my Spanish classmates talking and hanging out I headed home to get ready to hang with her.

Honestly, I should have known better than to trust her club picking skills lol but the club she chose for us on Friday night by far was the worst. The club she chose was called MediasPuri and it started off ok. When you enter you are greeted by this ‘vampire’, well not really greeted but a ‘vampire’ is hanging off the railing and stuck to the wall. I saw it and thought ok just a little weird but you know when in Madrid. So I fully enter the club and come to the realization that it is a gay bar. Now I have nothing against gay bars I just personally cannot listen to the music (particularly the beat) for very long. Besides it being a gay bar, what struck me as weird were ‘the performers’. There were people dressed up as…. *blows out a deep breath* honestly I really don’t even know. They were wearing all red samauri looking robes or bottoms with pasties on their nipples (the women) and the men were just wearing pants. I saw about three shows. The first two were ok, interesting but not really my cup of tea. I was already telling my friend that I wanted to leave and that I wasn’t really feeling the place. But before I could leave the third show happened and as soon as it started I got a very weird vibe. To me that show felt demonic and even my friend said to me that she felt it was satanic so what I thought was a vampire when I came in was really a person portraying hell. I mean the performance was so weird that it had a mask of satan’s head with horns and a bigger sculpture on the floor. What really was the last straw was the fact that at the end of the performance the lead lady was handing out communion bread to everyone. Honestly, the night wasn’t bad because MediasPuri is a gay club, it was bad because of the lack of respect MediasPuri had for religion.

*honestly, I took a few videos but I must have deleted them*

Saturday was a new day and I was ready to put Friday night behind me. Saturday I literally did nothing until about 7pm. It is so hot in Madrid right now, over the weekend the temperature during the day was in the 90s and only dropped about 10 degrees once evening hit. On facebook I saw an article about things you can do in Madrid and one particular monument caught my attention. I decided I wanted to see the monument and catch the sunset. If you ever want to see some Egyptian architecture while visiting Madrid check out Templo de Debod. Since I was staying in the La Latina area for a bit, I was able to walk to the monument and what a beautiful walk it is. I passed the Royal Palace, my favorite bridge, and so much more. The area where the monument is is known for their sunsets. Afterwards, my friends and I checked out some bars and stumbled upon a bar that had just opened up. It was a great evening full of laughs and fun.

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Templo de Debod. It was beautiful to see the lights change as the sunset occurred.

Sunday I went on my first hike ever. So my girl Arianna convinced me that the hike would be easy and that we would be swimming most of the time. What a lie that was, the hike was not easy. Yes, the ground was even but we ended up walking in the heat of the day for almost 4 hours before making it to the first swimming spot. Overall, I hiked a total of 17km for my first hike ever. Insane, right? As much as I yelled at Arianna I must say in the end I did enjoy myself I just wouldn’t hike again during the summer months. I swam in a lake y’all for the first time as well. Normally, I only swim in the ocean or in a pool but because it was scorching hot I didn’t have a chance to be bougie about the water I swim in. The only way to cool off and to stay hydrated was to swim in the freezing water. I must say the day was full of adventures and unexpected things.

That weekend was one of the highlights of my stay in Madrid (of course not including the traveling I do outside of Madrid) since I got here. I must say that living in the city instead of the outskirts has allowed me to travel around the city and explore new places without having a time constraint.

The simple things in life

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The arch in Puerta de Toledo

I cannot believe that at the end of June will make 5 months in Madrid. Honestly, time stops for no one and nothing. It truly amazes me when I think of all I have accomplished and done so far. I am steadily learning and practicing Spanish, adapting to the Spanish culture more and more, exploring the world, and learning more and more about myself.

My weekend was pretty uneventful; did a little work and moved out. Moving sucks no matter what country you live in but I think Spain takes the cake. Or better yet moving your things with the use of public transportation sucks. I was planning to move closer to the city after the summer and move out of my place at the end of the June, but since I am going back to the states to visit earlier than I thought, I decided to move out now.

On another note, for the first time I am actually looking forward to going home to see my family. Now, don’t get me wrong I do miss my family but I talk to them at least once a week for hours. But my nieces and nephew, now that’s a different story, I am so excited and ready to actually hold and hug them.

In the 5 months I have been living here I never really explored La Latina area. The short time I have been in this area thus far has been great. From the different bars/restaurants, the statues, and the cultural things offered you are never lacking in things to do. One of the famous things to do in La Latina is go to the flea market that happens every Sunday.

So far, my time here has been enjoyable. When I look back on all the convincing and explaining I had to do to get here it has definitely been worth it. As individuals we must learn to follow our dreams and listen to our gut more and more. It has been engrained in us to go along with what society has portrayed as an acceptable lifestyle even when we are miserable playing that role that it can be difficult to step out an go against the grain. Granted, I am not saying that stepping out of the norm to pursue your dream will be smooth sailing but as the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. We should never be afraid to follow our passions. Granted we must be responsible in what we do, for example if you have a family to feed and take care of now might not be the best time to step out and pursue a far fetched idea. Simple put, when you have family depending on you and responsibilities, you must be wise in what opportunities you take and decline.

Life is a journey not a race so enjoy the different turns and paths you take because ultimately you are responsible for your happiness.