Americans in Madrid

intentionality and living abroad

intentionality and living abroad

I've had this post on my mind for months now, ever since I couldn't decide whether or not to engage with people when I knew we only had a few weeks left in Madrid.  It came up again with a couple who knew that we were leaving in a few days, and yet had us over for a gorgeous meal, knowing full well that they may never see us again.  And then two girls came to our community group right before we left and I thought, "What's the point in talking to them?  We're about done with this."  

museo cerralbo

museo cerralbo

After we went to the Templo de Debod (see all about our time there here), we popped around the corner to visit the Museo Cerralbo.  I hadn't read about it in any guidebooks, but came across it randomly somewhere and am SO glad I did!  It's one of my favorite places we visited in Madrid, and I especially like that it has free hours.  

museo sorolla

museo sorolla

Next up on our tour of "free and cheap in Madrid" was the Museo Sorolla, or the Sorolla Museum.  Composed entirely of the work of Joaquín Sorolla and located in his former home, the Sorolla is full of portraits and landscapes done in a primarily impressionist style. 

taking stock: march

taking stock: march

Making: my very last lesson plans...this is our last week of teaching as Semana Santa (Holy Week) is about to begin and most of our will students take off for their villages for an extended Easter break.

Cooking: these pulled sweet potato BBQ sandwiches and they're our favorite right now.  Usually we switch things up every two weeks or so, but right now we can't quit these.

 

museo de historia

museo de historia

In January we decided to stop spending money from our savings, and to start living entirely from the money we were making from teaching English in Madrid.  This was easier said than done, because paychecks, or rather, envelopes of cash (which is how we get paid here), come once a month rather than every couple of weeks like we're used to back in the U.S., but we decided to go for it.  Part of not spending anymore out of savings meant doing so in all areas, not just with our daily expenses.  The hardest area for me to let go of was travel.  We decided to stay around Madrid unless we had the money to leave the city, and we haven't had that ability until the past week or so - and now it's kind of too late (we're leaving in just 11 days!).  

However, it was sort of a blessing in disguise, because we've really made an effort to see Madrid in the last couple of months.

taking stock: february

taking stock: february

Making: plans for the summer.  How can it be?!   I've started penciling in a few things here and there but it just feels crazy to be looking at July and August right now.

Cooking: tonight?  Nothing!  Danny has an interview over dinner so I think I'm scavenging - toast, crackers, cereal - whatever's easy and around the house.