Dear Madrid! I will miss you! Why am I saying this? Well, it’s my last week in Madrid and I’m having mixed feelings. I don’t want to leave this beautiful place with amazing people, but I’m looking forward to seeing my family again. Living, working and going to school here has become my normal routine for the past 4 moths and I know that I have to get used to another life once I’m back in the Netherlands again. Madrid has been an amazing experience and I can look back at this adventure fondly. An adventure is a mystery and you never know how it’s going to turn out. I have experienced a lot of things, good and bad, but the bad didn’t make my stay in Madrid any worse.
Yesterday I had my last Spanish class and I have received my certificate. I really enjoyed taking my classes and I will miss it. One thing I learned is that learning Spanish in a not native country is not as good as learning in a native speaking country. When I left The Netherlands my European level was between A2 and B1, but now that I have had my classes in Madrid I know I wasn’t even close to that level. Now I can say I’m between A2 and B1 and I’m very proud of my achievement. Entiendo y hablo español mejor que cuando llugué aqui. I will continue my Spanish in The Netherlands on B1 level and hopefully in a few years I’ll speak fluent Spanish.
My suitcase is already packed and my room is getting emptier by the minute. This means the ‘going away day’ is almost here. So, look back with me at my most funny and frustrating learning moments in Madrid and see if I have achieved my goals.
What did I learn most?
I have learned a lot about the language but to give an answer to the question I have also learned a lot about the culture and cuisine of Spain. Spanish people disfrutar de la vida and I love that! Tapas became one of my favorite ways of eating and I will make them at home definitely. I’ve got so used to the Spanish life that I enjoy living it, it will be a big adjustment when I get back home.
What was my most funny moment?
My funniest moment is probably the day that my abono didn’t work. It wasn’t fun that my abono decided to be ‘out of order’, but the part where I started communicating through a phone and computer screen with the lady behind the desk was. Google Translate was such help that day for me. I have mentioned this is my second blog and I had such a laugh there.
Also my first visit to the doctor’s office was fun even though I was ill. While examining me, she decided to teach me medical terms in a funny way and I even forgot I was ill at that moment. Thinking back about that moment, I learned a lot of important words that I could use for my other visits to el medico.
What was my most frustrating moment?
My most frustrating moment was when I had to wait forever to get my abono fixed at ‘consorcio transporte publico’. More than 30 people were waiting before me and only one person was working there. This was the low point of my trip and I don’t ever want to go there again. Another frustrating moment was when I had to go to the hospital and there were no door numbers. I arrived late and missed my appointment and eventually waited for an hour to make a new one and get declined because I don’t have a tarjeta sanitaria. Frustrations, frustrations, frustrations!
The best thing I did was exploring Madrid. Taking trips through the city was one of my favorite pastimes. I have seen a lot of the city, but I believe there is more to see, so I’ll definitely come back. Another thing is spending sunny days in Retiro Park. Enjoying the weather and the beauty of Retiro was also on my list of favorite moments.
What do I like about Madrid the most?
I love the architecture. The buildings are incredible and the parks beautiful. Walking through Madrid is definite eye candy. There is always something to see.
What will I miss the most?
LLAO LLAO & bocaditos! Ice cream shop llao llao is my favorite place I love that yoghurt ice cream with all those delicious toppings! I have to eat it at least once a week, because it’s so good. There is no llao llao in The Netherlands, so I won’t be able to eat my favorite ice cream. About the bocaditos, I have to learn how to make them, because I am addicted to them. I will also miss the beauty of Madrid, the way of life, the easygoing people and the culture.
Did I achieve my goal?
YES! YES! YES! My goal was to improve my Spanish in 4 months and it certainly has improved. Going to school helped me improve my Spanish, but the day to day life made sure it improved more. For example: my visits to the doctor’s office helped a lot. You see it isn’t always bad to go to the doctor; it is good for your health and your language.
Hope you all enjoyed reading my blogs. I had a great time writing them for you and sharing my experiences. Gracias por leer!