So everyhting turned out very differnet from what I planned after Bonnie visited me (we had a very good time investigating several Cafés and Museums).
I did not -as planned- go to Sevilla, because Sevilla did not seem to want me to go there ;).
My Airbnb stay was cancelled and I spent a week looking for either a hostel or a Couchsurfing Backup, but neither worked and the prices for a 3-nights-stay in a Hostel already mounted the 160 euros… Then, they cancelled my shared-car connection to Sevilla as well, just when I was going to bed on Thursday the week before the travel. And that was it. I decided that it was enough and spent looking for other things I could possibly do. All Madrid was going to travel somewhere for Easter and I didn`t want to stay home alone.
After a lot of brainwork I decided to quit thinking and my stomach told me, that I would really go back to Heidelberg once more and visit Alex and my friends again, although I just had the pleasure to see them a month before. However, Alex helped me to book my flight the next day, since I was hiking out and to stupid to get in front of a computer and next day I flew to Germany :D. It was a absolutly wounderful week! There would have been no better choice for me in this time.
Since the month that I am living in Madrid, I started to do running as a sport. I used the week in Heidelberg and got myself my first real running shoes, that were very expensive, but what-the-hell they are awesome! And they are not shiny neon pink, for wich I am very grateful. Who has been to a shoe-consultation in a shoe-shop knows that it`s the shoe that chooses the runner and not the other way around ;P.
I have the aim to run a half-marathon on the 20.September in Karlsruhe and I am super-happy for anyone of you to join me :).
I finished Easter, even having painted an Easter Egg (the old-school ones ;)). Back in town and apart from work, I did some hiking on the weekends and explored some wounderful new Cafés more.
I also started to go on the monthly farmers-markets which provide a unique opportunity to buy real 100% rye bread and have a very cheap lunch trying all the samples of cheese/ jamón/ marmelade (tomato marmelade is my new favorite).
Through this markets, which were part of Couchsurfing-events, i got to know a whole new buch of exiting and lovely people. Like Nanna form Denmark, for example :). She spend a week on holidays here, I got to know her on her first day on one of those markets and we kept on meeting up on the days to come. One time, we went to the big food-market of San Miguel in the City Center and together with a man from Uruguay we tried a kind of mussel that looked like shark-teeth with green-blackis lizard-skin (have a look at the pictures! ;)). To eat those, you had to peel off „the tooth“ and eat the texture inside. For it`s adventurous appearance, it just tasted like salty water, so I would not recommend it (and like fresh seafood is, it is expensive).
Very recomendable is however, a Café at the Center of Town, called the „Jardín Secreto“ or the „Secret Garden“. This place has a menue full of tempting sweets like spanish-hot-choclate, brownie variations, nice cakes and really really good yoghurt-shakes with fruits. I posted you some pictures of this place as well, since it has a quite dreamy atmosphere, no chair is like the other- one even looks like a birdcage and hangs down from the ceiling :D.
All in all big travels have to wait a little while more. I am starting to plan my big escape in July/August, as I will finish my work in the institute at the end of June.
My route will be along the south-coast of Spain. To Almería, Málaga, Gibralta and so forth. if I can I would love to make a one-day trip to Marocco via boat- preferrably with a tourist group. Then I shall travel Portugal from the South up to the North (Faro, Lisabon, Coimbra, Porto and more), crossing over to Spain again. There I want to visit some nature-reserves, located on little islands near the coast and hike around there. After, and probably in the first week of August, i want to walk the last part of the Camino de Santiago- from Santiago to Finisterra, as it was described to me by several people as the most beautiful part of the way. That will take approx. 7 days. I hope I can physically do this :).
At last I want to fly over to Mallorca/Menorca, see spanish-gothic architecure, go on hikes all the time and then return back to Berlin and finish my year abroad.
This is the dream-outline of the big escape, but lets see how everything works out and how many great people I will meet who have ideas or knowledge that could change my plans :).
Big hugs for everyone! :3