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saturday, june 27, 2015 the coffee
I was able to sleep in until about 9:00am, and I was feeling pretty good about how I slept. The bed at the apartment was perhaps a little too firm, and the pillows had no give to them. Even still, I slept alright. I've been sleeping decently well while in Europe, but let's face it, nothing compares to the comfort of your own bed and pillow. I'll never take those things for granted, and I'm very much looking forward to that first night back when I can pass out in my own bed and hopefully sleep for the next two days.

Once I was up and out of bed, it was time to make coffee! I had purchased a small carton of milk for 0,62 € the other day, which surprised me at how inexpensive it was. Not only was I surprised at the price, but I was also surprised that milk isn't sold in a cold section. It's in a carton or bottle, but it doesn't need to be refrigerated until after you open it. That makes me feel a little uncomfortable with drinking milk that sits on a shelf, but it seems that the pasteurizing or homogenizing process is different here, so I trusted that it was okay. I heated some milk in a little kettle on the stove, and then I set out to improve my coffee making skills with the Moka pot. I put in less grounds than I did the other day, and the end result was exactly what I wanted. I had successfully made a café con leche, and I have to toot my own horn and say that it was quite good. Thankfully I had made enough for two cups. :-)

With the coffee tasting fine, I started getting my luggage in order and cleaning the apartment. It was during that time that I realized that I had been living on my own for a few days in a legit apartment, so it was a brief taste at what it would be like to live in Sevilla. It didn't feel any different than living in my house in Indiana other than that nothing there was my own. I was very comfortable during my stay, and the process of making coffee made me feel like it was my place. It was a neat experience to do that, though there really is no place like home. I think everyone would agree with that.

Making sure I had everything I came with, I left the apartment and headed outside. I had been in contact with Reyes, the woman from whom I was renting the apartment, and she was kind enough to give me suggestions on how to get to the train station. My original thought was to take a taxi, but I wondered if I could do better and save my money a little. So while I was sipping my coffee this morning, I investigated bus routes. Sure enough, there was one very close to where I was staying that would drop me off right in front of the train station. Instead of spending close to 9 € on a taxi fare, I only ended up spending 1,40 € on a bus ride. That meant extra money for lunch! I've really become quite comfortable with various forms of transit over here. It's all so easily accessible and cheap! I've never had to rely on anything other than my own car, so this has been a learning experience for me, and it's been fun learning how to get around!

The train ride back to Madrid was decent aside from the malfunction of the air condition in my coach, thus resulting in some warm temperatures. I wasn't too bothered by it, but some other passengers asked if they could move to other coaches, which they did. I was able to get a quick nap in, so obviously I didn't mind it being a little warm. Or maybe I was just that tired.

The rest of the evening was spent checking out the Corte Inglés (remember what this is!?) and devouring three tacos for 1,00 € a piece. Takos al Pastor is easily my favorite restaurant right now, and I foresee myself making a few more visits before I leave Madrid in two weeks. I also need to try a Spanish tortilla! I've had one in a tapa form, but I want to try the big version at some point! I'm heading to Segovia early tomorrow morning, so that means an early night for me tonight. ¡Hasta mañana!

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