On to yesterday though, I got up for a free breakfast at the hostel that really isn't a lot, but it sure gets me by. Then, I took the metro for the first time to meet up with Karin so that we could look for apartments. While buying my ticket, a couple that were traveling in Madrid asked if I could help them, but unfortunately I could not despite trying. I bought a ten-trip pass which was easy, but they were asking about individual ones and I couldn't figure out how to do that yet on the machine. I'm sure in a few more days or weeks I will be able to help people after getting to know the city more. Once I met up with Karin, we started mapping out the places that we wanted to go to, we then had to put money on the phone and call places to set up appointments and this is when it got hard. It wasn't speaking on the phone that was the hard part (we both actually did very well with this). It was the fact that people either didn't answer, already had the place rented out, or weren't available that day to show us the place. It was kind of frustrating because we had a total of seven or eight places to look at and we only looked at two. The first one was close to a big park, which I thought would be nice, however the place was not so nice and too expensive for it's worth. There were two other guys at the piso visit and one was another auxiliar and the other, a Canadian getting his Master's here in Madrid. They were both really nice and we will most likely see the other auxiliar again. After this first visit we had A LOT of time before our next one so we walked to Atocha (which is the big train station nearby and grabbed lunch). We sat outside and ate next to these interesting baby statues. See below.
At least we didn't sit right in the front of the one that had it's eyes open staring at us. :) Anyway, after this we went back to Karin's place that she is staying right now and just hung out until our next visit. The second visit went well. Again it was a tad more expensive than what I preferred, but at least it was worth the money. It's a place close to the metro, near a huge and really nice park, I would have my own bathroom, and a queen size bed. It really was a great place, but I personally just don't need all of that extra stuff, although it would be nice, I'm sure. After this, we decided to walk through the park that was next door, it took us awhile to figure out how to get into the park, because we had to find the bridge that went over train tracks, but we found it and it was awesome! I'm not much for rock climbing, but my boyfriend is and this bridge had handholds for climbing all over it! So he would love it. People just bring their climbing gear and go climbing on the bridge. Honestly, some of the climbs seem a little dangerous, but it's still cool.
|Hand holds underneath the bridge|
|Crossing the bridge|
|Rock climbing hand holds go all the way up, across, and back down|
|Supposedly the only planetarium in Madrid|
|Not my picture, but this is what it looks like|