Spain and I have a love/hate relationship. It’s been a year so far with plenty of ups and downs–but we’re still together. I learn new things and discover new places every single day thanks to my intimate involvement with the bustling, polluted, cranky, and cosmopolitan capital. I walk its streets. I teach its kids. I ride its metro and buses. I run in its parks. I know its bakers, its bar owners, its dentists, its supermarket cashiers. We’re still getting to know each other, though. We’ve got time.

I’ve been thinking and talking about blogging for a long time. Sort of like how I thought about yoga a lot over summer vacation, and recommended it to my friends. Without actually doing it. (My yoga teacher loved that one–hey, we could call it “katie-asana.”) But the time has come–back to work, back to yoga classes, time to start blogging.

Right now we are experiencing a nearly unheard of phenomenon in Madrid. Rain. It’s been raining since Tuesday. Thank goodness, though. We need it–Madrid is notoriously dry.

Yesterday, crossing a busy intersection in the rain, I reflected on the frequent use of vulgarity here in good old España. A man crossing ahead of me, nearly run over by a guy who was oblivious to the fact that we had the right of way, smacked the car’s hood and yelled, “¿A dónde vas, coño?” That is, “Where are you going, cunt?” Only in Spain.

1 Response to “Intro”

  1. 1 Ben Sunday, 30 September, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Coño…one of the greatest four letter words I know.

    A former roommate of mine has just started as an auxiliar in Madrid. I will certainly be directing him to your blog.

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