Though the stipend Madrid gives us (1000 euro) per month could be (if properly budgeted) enough to live on, most auxiliaries search for private classes. You have more than enough free time to do one or two. Currently, I spend an hour on Mondays and Wednesdays with two girls, five and seven. I make 18 euros each class. Each Tuesday, I have two boys, seven and nine, 30 euros . The most time I've heard spent on extra lessons is five and I'm still looking for one more to add.
I came to Madrid questioning whether I could find good Asian food. Be it Thai, Chinese, Filipino (which I am), or Japanese. I scoured blogs for good recommendations and followed suggestions on the Auxiliares de conversación en Madrid Facebook page. The recommendations led me to Maiia Thai on C/ Princesa and Siam on C/ San Bernardino. The two restaurants are fairly close to each other (about 5 minutes walking) making it the perfect pair to compete. Let's start with Siam. The restaurant
Today marks my first week in Madrid. I'm back in my beloved Spain, the land of jamón, patatas bravas y café con leche. While I'm SO incredibly grateful and happy to be here, I'm not expecting this to be study abroad part dos. If you applied to the North American Language and Culture Assistants program through the Spanish government, remember: you are on your own, folks! That includes finding accommodation for when you first arrive, finding your apartment, and of course, making friends. The
I stayed with a host family and Khadija, my student host, was more than generous. Her mom cooked every meal for us, each one bursting with flavor. Nothing beats a home cooked meal, especially when trying Moroccan food for the first time. I was incredibly impressed! Each morning she laid out a wide spread of breakfast items. We ate pastries with jams and butters, and of course we had little packets of chocolate. I wish the chocolate for breakfast fad would stick in the U.S., but no such luck.