If you’ve been following any of our social media accounts you would think living in Madrid has been nothing but sunshine, rainbows, and happy feelings. But obviously reality is a bit different. While we do love Madrid, there are just some things that get on our nerves.
1. Cash Moneyz
Everyone knows Spain uses the Euro. And thats fine, the Euro is great. My only problem is that €1 and €2 are coins, not paper. I know this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when I give someone a €10 bill and get back 3 lbs of change, it makes me a little upset.
2. Light Switches
Why are they so big?! Its like the country is full of people with poor vision. Also they put the bathroom light switch on the outside of the bathroom…call me American, but that does not seem ideal.
I just feel like it would solve a lot of problems if everyone just followed the same system. Then you wouldn’t have to buy these stupid things to make your electronics work.
4. Nutrition Labels
EVERYTHING is per 100 grams. Thats fine if you are looking at something like meat, but terrible for something like salsa. NO ONE EATS 100 g OF SALSA! The entire jar is like 70 g, so why would the nutrition label be per 100 grams?!
5. Hard to get around (crazy street layout)
I guess this is also part of Spain’s charm, but when you are trying to get somewhere for the first time, the winding streets are mega confusing, especially in comparison to the good ol’ Chicago grid system.
1. Madrid’s Metro
Everyone loves Chicago’s el, but the Metro here wins by far. Its fast, efficient, and clean (none of which can be said about the el).
2. Tapas/Cheap eats
In no other country do they give you free food with a €1.5 drink. You don’t really get to choose, but its guaranteed to be Spanish food…and that means its going to be good. Plus the drinks are €1.5. Thats like 1/4 the cost in Chicago!
3. The people
People here are great and love to meet new people. When introduced, you exchange a quick kiss on each cheek. It really feels much more personal than the standard handshake back home. (when 2 men meet they still shake hands, aka no kissing)
4. Language/// Idioma
I studied Spanish so obviously I like this part of the country. Its pretty much the reason we’re here. Also tapas…that’s the other reason we’re here.
Just google image Madrid and you will see what I mean.