It’s been just over a week since I first arrived in Spain and I think I am finally settled in. With the help of Nicole, another EngSci student here on PEY, I was able to find a large room with a newly installed hardwood floor, TV, desk, and private ensuite bathroom for just 280 euros a month. Not only is the room nice, but it’s located right in downtown Alicante, just minutes away from the beach and nightlife, and it’s across the street from work! Here are some pictures:
A typical day in Spain goes something like this:
7:45am – Wake up after my cell phone alarm has gone off for the third time.
8:00am – Check my e-mail.
8:20am – Eat a quick breakfast.
8:28am – Leave home.
8:31am – Arrive at my desk at work. The mornings are usually not the most productive since I’m still tired, but I usually figure out what it is that I need to accomplish for the day.
11:30am – 2nd breakfast! In our office at CYPE, everyone works in “boxes” or clusters of 6 people. Every box tends to hang out together, except for my box which splits up and goes with people from other boxes. Since I’m new, everyone wants me to join them, so I tend to rotate which groups I eat with. 2nd Breakfast consists of walking to a nearby cafe and ordering a “tostada media con tomate y un cafe con leche” which is a toasted panini-like bun topped with olive oil and crushed tomatoes, usually seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper. “Cafe con leche” is basically the Spanish equivalent of a cappucino. 2nd Breakfast costs anywhere in the range of 1.90 to 2.20 euros depending on where you go.
12:00pm – Back to work. I usually get the most work done in this period of time since I would have just had a coffee.
2:30pm – Lunch break! I typically go home for lunch since it’s just 2 minutes away. Sometimes people from work go out to eat at a nearby restaurant, and sometimes I’ll go to the supermarket to buy fresh bread with which to make a “bocadillo”.
3:30pm – Return to work. Sometimes I’ll take another hour for lunch and return to work at 4:30, but then I have to stay an extra hour at the end of the day.
6:30PM – Home time, unless I took a 2-hour lunch. Also, on Fridays, we skip lunch and leave at 3:00pm. During the summer months, we get out of work at 3:00pm every day.
7:00PM – Go for a run by the beach. There’s a nice 6K route along the water.
8:30PM – Start cooking dinner (unless Nicole is cooking for me… we tend to take turns cooking for each other).
10:00PM – Do stuff on my computer (like upload pictures, respond to e-mails, and update my blog).
12:00AM – Bed time.
As it’s now midnight, it’s time for me to go to bed.
Adios! Here are some pictures (I’m now experimenting with Flickr):