Put Yourself Out There

On Tuesday, the girl I’m tutoring informed me that my eyes are black. Finally. Someone agrees with me.

Also on Tuesday, I taught the family how to play Go Fish. I lost miserably, and then I was taunted for the first half of dinner. Dang it.

On Wednesday, I met up with Brandi, and we had a pretty good stroll around central Madrid. We got some café con leche, tried to find the supermercado portion of El Corte Inglés, made a quick stop at H&M, ventured back into El Corte Inglés, found what we were looking for, walked around and got some tapas for lunch. All in all, it was a good time. I’m glad to have met someone who is doing the same program I am, and who’s been here for a few weeks longer than I have. Also, she’s pretty dang cool.

At one point, we chatted about how in order to have a good experience as a foreigner going through our volunteer program, you need to be proactive. You need to find contacts and make it a point to meet them. For me, that’s meant messaging people on Facebook, 20SB, and Couch Surfing. (My potential CS meet-up kind of fell through with the minor cold I caught.) Regardless, sitting around hoping someone will do the work for you will not help you make friends.

In related news, I’m hoping to get out this weekend, find some other cool spots, and make a mental note of other places I want to explore because I have a visitor coming to town next Friday. I mean, I’d be content sitting around and just eating churros with this guy, but let’s face it: that could get boring, and I could get fat. And while that’s kind of putting myself out there, that’s not what I was aiming for.

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