Thursday, May 22, 2014

Aqui finalmente!--Madrid

I am now in my hotel in Madrid after a long flight and morning of exploring the city!  I slept most of the 7 hr. flight, so it went a lot faster than expected! Yesterday couldn't have gone more smoothly since my last couple fiasco posts.  We woke up early to make the trip to Detroit--the closest emergency passport agency-- and met the security guards right at the opening.  They were super helpful and cool and got the info for my new passport right away. While waiting for the info to be processed and printed, we explored downtown Detroit a little.  We got lunch and soon enough the passport was ready, and we were on our way to the airport cutting it a little close!  Of course there had to be a detour and lots of traffic to make it interesting.

I finally got to the airport and got my boarding pass, and said bye to dad once again.  I could tell he was a little nervous about sending his baby girl off to Spain all by herself.

I made it safely to Philly where I had a 3 hr. layover.  It seemed like there were a ton of young people just like me, studying abroad on the same flight that I got a chance to talk to, so that was comforting.  I even met a couple guys who are in the same program as me that missed their flight yesterday too! We decided to ride the bus to our hotel together and decide what to do from there since we missed the group tour to Segovia today.  We walked around Madrid for a while, and saw Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Cibeles, ate at a small breakfast place, and went to the mercado de San Miguel for some tapas.  We tried to speak Spanish as much as we could, but when they reply back in English and laugh a little, you know that they know you're american haha.

Madrid could definitely be overwhelming at first, but the more I walked around, the more I got used to it.  I was reminded of one of my favorite verses, Joshua 1:8-9. "Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night, so that you will be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged.  For the Lord your God will be with you WHEREVER you go."  Ever since I was little, we would say this verse as a family as we crossed state lines.  It's a good reminder that no matter how far I am from home, He is always there.

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