What I learned: Week 2

  1. When you enter a class at a Spanish university, you should say hello to the other people in the room, but unlike at an American university like Tufts, you should sit near other students to acknowledge their presence.
  2. Restaurants in Madrid are a lot easier to go to (and the staff will be a lot nicer to you) when there’s only 3 or 4 people, compared to 6+.
  3. An American ID doesn’t work here for much, you have to use your passport to prove who you are for anything important. Even to join a gym I had to show my passport.
  4. When a family has two drivers and one shared car, planning and communication is important no matter what country you are in.
  5. Visiting the Prado and Reina Sofia museums on the same day is exhausting even if you only spend an hour in each one.
  6. At the Basilica of San Francisco in Madrid, you can enter the church to view the art (Goya and others) when a wedding is taking place.
  7. Like the Tour de France, there’s a 23 day long bike race that tours Spain, and ends in Madrid.

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