Esperando a los Reyes Magos
I’m still waiting for my new cell phone [EDIT: I received an email about an hour ago saying that said phone is no longer available, back to square one] and for wi-fi to be set up in my new place. Admittedly this makes me feel pretty isolated at times, but aside from that I’m getting settled into my new studio well. I feel more relaxed, my health has improved, I’ve lost some weight, and my hair is softer for some reason. And as I imagine that one of my former roommates’ friends took my old room — as the landlord hadn’t shown it to anyone yet managed to rent it well before I left, and I flat out told her “They need to just live with their friends. No one else is going to tolerate this” — this is best for everyone.
I still need to buy some appliances for the kitchen. There’s no oven (which is pretty common in Spain, especially in apartments), no microwave, and as I lovingly refer to it, a “better than nothing” stove. I’m looking for used appliances (in segundamano stores), on Amazon, and I’m going to check out the “rebajas” that take place after the holidays to see if I can get a good deal. It’s hard enough to be motivated to cook at times with fully functioning appliances, so these are a must buy. At least the stove.
Friday morning I head down to Seville for winter break. I’m also going to Granada for a few days after Christmas. Since “Día de los Reyes” is on a Monday this year, school doesn’t start back up again until the following Wednesday, so we get a good break this year. Part of me is really excited to go back to Seville. I still have friends there and I’m excited to have a vacation during which I don’t *have* to do anything. Not to mention the weather is much nicer than Madrid and Chicago. On the other hand, I’m a little worried I’ll be disappointed, that something will go wrong, etc. And I technically don’t have any set plans with anyone yet. And I might end up spending Christmas at a McDonald’s, I ended up at one here on Thanksgiving (Most of my American expats friends either didn´t have any money for a Thanksgiving dinner and/or didn’t have an oven (see above). If nothing else, it’ll be memorable. And hopefully relatively warm.