Sunday, 15th of March 2015

Now that I have been in Madrid just over 5 weeks, plus my first week which was spent in Rivas just outside the city, I have settled into somewhat of a routine. I want to give a glimpse of what it is like on the day to day for me here, since it differs so much than anything I have done before.

 

Monday through Friday I have Spanish class at 10am, so I wake up at 8:30 to eat, get ready, and study before leaving to walk to class at 9:30. Class goes until 1-1:15 depending on how quickly (and correctly) I finish the last few exercises. Then I walk somewhere to eat some lunch before walking to take the 30 minute metro ride to Rivas’ office in Madrid. This usually puts me in the office from 2:30 to 3 at the latest where I will work until 5:30 on Women’s Futsal Cup preparations, which I will talk about more next week. Then I head back to the metro (I am learning to love public transport…) to take it back home which is another half hour ride. This puts me back in the house at a little after 6pm where I will get ready for training and eat.  At this point in my day I finally have some downtime since I don’t have to leave for training until 7:30. Training doesn’t start until 9pm, but we have to get there early to change and be ready to play at 9. We finish anywhere from 11 to 11:30, so I normally get home after midnight eat something (the Sarmientos always leave me dinner which is unbelievable and much appreciated) and pass out.

 

The mornings and afternoons are pretty constant, on the days off of training I just swap it out for studying and sometimes studying via application, which just means meet some people for a cerveza or two. It’s a schedule that keeps me busy, but I think it is a good thing.

 

And I can’t forget about the weekends! We always have our matches, which most recently was a very nervous win 4-3 at home (one step closer). And then the day we don’t have a match I usually try to do something fun. I went to the Copa de Espana this past weekend and saw the two semi-finals.  My coach, Ramos, invited me to an Atleti match the weekend before. Sometimes though I just relax and go to the park or something.

 

Next week I will talk more about the exciting things USA Futsal has going on these days as well as give the update on Rivas!

 

Thanks as always, hasta luego!