Hi Spoonie Community - I’m so sorry I have been MIA. I moved to Madrid 8 weeks ago & it has been an absolute whirlwind. I spent the first two weeks staying with my cousins & attending orientation. I spent the next two weeks living amongst two, horrific homestays.
The family at my first home smoked inside 24/7. As someone with asthma, a weak trachea, fish eye-shaped bronchial tubes & 70% oxygen capacity of a normal body, this wasn’t going to fly. I immediately recognized the health risk & had to move out.
My second homestay was slightly better, however there were a myriad of situations that were inappropriate & pushed my anxiety to the absolute edge. For example, we were never allowed to leave a fan on in our shoebox of a room for an extended period of time (to save $) so my room was extremely hot at all times. As someone who already has a hotter body due to my stomach issues and whose body overheats every time I get sick (aka after every meal) this was absolutely miserable. I was constantly drenched in sweat, scared I would pass out. All the while, I was desperately looking for an apartment to live in permanently. The first apartment fell through. My anxiety was strangling me whether I was inside or outside of my homestay, and I felt like I was living in constant panic mode. It was terrible.
After two weeks, I found my apartment and moved the hell out of my homestay. Unfortunately, my apartment lacks WiFi, something VERY difficult to set up in a country who does not value urgency when it comes to customer service haha. It’s been 4 weeks since our initial appointment, and we still don’t have it. Setting up everything we need to get started has also been immensely more expensive than anticipated, thereby adding to my anxiety.
I finished my four weeks of Spanish classes & immediately two of my best friends from home arrived to visit me. We went on a 10 day adventure, visiting 4 cities throughout Spain. I had the absolute time of my life. However, my body is feeling the brutal impact of too little sleep, too much crappy food and alcohol, and extreme stress.
One of my friends who I care for dearly left yesterday. It was like having family here, a source of com