Life in Madrid
Living in Madrid is truly incredible, I haven’t written in a while because I have been so busy immersing myself into the city and traveling…and of course doing schoolwork. The food here is incredible. I live in La Latina an area that is well know for having the best Tapas bars around. You can go to El Tigre and get unlimited Tapas and a drink for 6 Euros. A must have here is madrid is Paella, if seafood is not your thing that’s not a problem because most places have so many options of different types of Paella you can eat. I have to admit I have not eaten out as much as I would like to because I am trying to save my money so I can travel around Europe more. Cooking at home is a lot cheaper than eating out all the time. Normally I can get all of my groceries for the week for under 20 euros. Life in Madrid is very economical which is one of the things I am really going to miss when I go back home.
My apartment in Madrid is in a really great spot in town. I recommend getting an apartment as close to the center of the city as possible because at 1:30am the metro and buses stop running, and when you go out with friends it can be a problem is you are not walking distance from the clubs and bars. When I say walking distance I mean less than 25 to 30 minutes walking. In Madrid we do a whole lot more walking. Many people live in apartments with many people which is good because your roommates can give you hints on where you can go. My biggest recommendation is to live in the city center if your coming to study in Madrid, the center is where everything is going on and also where a majority of the other erasmus students stay as well. This is also where all the nightlife takes place. I currently am living in a 3 bedroom apartment with a girl from New Paltz and a guy from Birmingham, Britain. My roommate from Britain was super helpful when we first arrived, telling us the places that are good to go out for dinner and just general things to know about living in Madrid. He has been living here since September so he knows the area pretty well. When you come to Madrid you can’t expect a lavish lifestyle like in New York. The hot water in the shower only runs for about 10 minutes and clothes line and fresh air is your new clothing dryer. These small things you will get used to after a week or so. I really love living in Madrid the lifestyle may be simpler than I am used to at home but it is so awesome. There is always something going on in this city trust me when I say if you choose to study here you will never be bored!