July 2/3, 2014
I wake up and hear Celia calling out Meagan Meagan buenos Dias!!!! She comes into my room with the biggest smile on her face. C stayed home from work today so she could show me some things. First, she shows me the breakfast routine for both girls.
Then me & the girls play freeze dance and Juegos de las cartas, similar to a popular card game we play in the states.
We all go to the supermercado. I pick up all the essentials I did not bring from home.
We also pick up food we need for the week. They like fish (as do I) so we pick up a few different kinds. Then we arrive home and me and the girls play some more. C then takes us to Madrid centre. It is beautiful! We drove in but parked near "Templo de Debod." This sacred statue actually originally stood in Egypt (built in 200 BC !! :O) But, when it became threatened by the Aswan Dam, it was given to Spain as a gift. This also allowed the monument to maintain its historical legacy. We then walked to Sabatini Gardens. We took a walk through the park and stopped to see/hear a rehearsal for a Flamenco show. The artist, Joaquin Cortes, is apparently fantastic and very well known around Spain. Tickets for his show later that night were sold out! We then saw the Royal Palace!!! Interestingly, though, the Spanish royal family does not actually reside there. They live on the outskirts for Madrid. This palace is more for ceremonies, etc. We were getting a bit tired (because we did not have our siesta today :P), and stopped for a coffee at Cafe de Oriente (apparently a famous tourist cafe). J later told me I probably felt right at home because everybody speaks English there :P. On our walk back I hear Celia say "paso de cebra" as we cross the street. It's because the lines on the street look like that of a cebra, or a zebra . As we drive through the city, you would have no idea that it's past 9 p.m because it's still so bright out and the streets are still buzzing with people. C says the sun being out so long is a big reason why they eat so late. "You can't eat dinner with the sun shining in your face!" she says with a smile.
When we return home, C feeds the girls and they go to bed. Then it's time for the adult's dinner. Calamari and tomato & tuna salad. DeeeeeeLishhhhhh! Fruit for dessert we talk and laugh over dinner, translating for one another as we get to know each other a bit more.
I must say I am already feeling at home. C and J are such warm, welcoming people and I'm truly looking forward to this experience!
The next morning, Celia greets me with that same big smile from yesterday. It is a rainy day here in Madrid, so a nice movie seems appropriate. I brought Frozen with me (in both English and Spanish). We decided first we watch it in Spanish to understand, then in English to learn. Unfortunately....... It kept freezing (:P) and we decided to watch Rio 2 instead.
Then we had lunch and the girls told me they wanted to roller skate. But first, we needed to change out of our pjs. Celia tells me I get dressed first and then they will get dressed .... Because they want to wear the same thing as me . They really are too adorable. We discover that we all have a pair of jeggings and so half our outfit was complete. I had a couple of brown cami's and they asked to borrow them. Roller skating was very fun. Celia has rollerblades and she skates well, while Natalia is still learning to use her roller skates. I needed to hold her up most of the time. But nonetheless, we had a blast!
Then we went back home and played school. I taught the girls some English words using flash cards of different shapes and sight words.
Once C and J arrived home from work, I packed for our vacation to Murcia tomorrow. I am looking forward to our family vacation