|Today was highly uneventful, and perhaps that's okay. I've been on the go so much in the past few days that I think a day to not have any obligations or itinerary was a good thing. I woke up at 7:30, just like I would have in the States. That needs to change! I didn't leave the house until around 2:00PM since it was raining off and on and I didn't want to get in the mix of that. So it cleared up enough for me to head out and do some walking. I was going to go to El Retiro and Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, but it started to rain a little bit and it was just a nasty looking day. After walking a few miles, I decided to find a place to have lunch, and then I'd do a little shopping.
I've known for a while that I'd need to buy some clothes while I'm here, and part of my original idea was to pack lightly so that I could buy a few articles of clothing and have room to bring them back. From what I can tell, people here in Europe know how to dress, and they do it well. At times I do feel like I stick out like a sore thumb (it could be because I'm taking pictures of everything), but I definitely don't look native to Spain. I'd like to assimilate and blend in a little better, so I bought a pair of jean shorts today for 15,99 € (about $16.50). Normally I would never buy a pair of jean shorts, but literally everyone here is wearing them, and they look good. It's kind of a hipster look, and while my students have told me numerous times that I have that look going, it's not working in Spain. So yesterday Paul and I popped into a store called Springfield, and I was amazed at how cool the clothes were, but more so at how inexpensive they were. So I decided that I'd come back today and get a few items.
But all I got were the jean shorts. There were maybe a few other things I debated getting, but I am such a stickler when it comes to buying clothes that I become indecisive and then I end up buying nothing. It's something I do with most purchases, not just clothes. But my rationale is that I'll be here for a while, so should I feel the need to buy a button up shirt or a pair of jogger pants, then I know exactly where to go. Luckily, Paul lives a few blocks away from Gran Vía, which is a street known for shopping. There's H&M, Lefties (which is where I bought the shorts), Springfield, Adidas, Nike, New Balance, and a few other stores. Since I'm ignorant to clothes I didn't pay too much attention to what was on Gran Vía.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a lot warmer and a lot nicer, so I hope to get to some places of interest. And if not, then I'll hit up all the pastelerías in the area and go into a sugar coma. Either way it sounds like a great time!