The movie is full of crazy phantasy presenting a story about truth, lies, love, friendship, and so on and so forth. Furthermore, the movie is packed with well-know actors like Johnny Depp, Collin Farrel and Jude Law. I really recommend going to the movies and watch that movie, it's worth it.
On Friday I gave a guided tour to a belgian guy, that is visiting Madrid for the weekend. Again, it was quite fun. In the evening, we had the first Botellòn of the Erasmus students here in Madrid and it was just awesome. The weather was quite okay so we spent the whole evening outside near Plaza de España with loads of students. It was great, how many people were there just having drinks and spending a great time together. Moreover I finally met my tutor after a long time we haven't seen each other. So it was quite fun.
On Saturday evening I wanted to go out for Dinner with Daan, the belgian guy. But it turned out as really difficult. We started our tour at about 22 p.m., which seemed to be the typical dinner-time for the spanish. So we had to walk around for hours and see crowded restaurants, where it wasn't possible to get an empty table. So finally we ended up in an asian restaurant, having our dinner at MIdNIGHT after a waiting period of 20 Minutes, after having signed up on the guest list. I was starving, but in the end we succeeded.
Today I have been to the Rastro, one more time. It was just unbelievable, how many people go there on a Sunday morning just to watch a bunch of "crap". But - I was there as well - and I enjoyed the atmosphere. It's quite worth it going there.
Apart from that, they aleady began installing the christmas decoration in the streets. On the Puerta del Sol they build up a gigantic christmas tree and I am really curious about when the are going to light it up for the first time. Acutally I am not prepared for christmas at all because you still can sit outside on the afternoon to join your coffee or whatever you prefer, but okay...
Oh, saying coffee, one more thing came to my mind. This afternoon I have been to the Chocolateria San Gines, which is a really famous one here in Madrid. In almost every tour guide it is mentioned. So we went there and enjoyed our first typical churros con chocolate, but honestly said... I've tried better things up to now. But it was worth a try.
- Nearly every hour of the day and night, you can find cleaning staff on the streets. Nevertheless the streets are never very clean though.
- In every street in the city center there are chinese people selling beer, sandwiches and other stuff during the whole night. Athough it's forbidden, the put their things on a very "professional" sales counter which is made out of cardboard boxes. I advice you, to never buy sandwiches from them, because they might have been thrown into the garbage can before (e.g. when the police occured).
- Even in Madrid it can be really cold. Unfortunately you cannot find the sea around the city. :-)
- If you ask someone in the streets how to get somewhere, suddenly you can have a conversation about everything and nothing. It's quite fun!
- The walls in the flats are quite thin and you can hear various things from your roomates.
- As there are so many clubs, restaurants and bars around, it's hard to find an adequate one. It's very common to spend hours walking through the streets without finding anything that you could like. But, of course, from time to time you are successful and...
- ...you are also able to make Party until the break of the day. The bars close their doors at 3 am but the clubs keep playing their music until 6 am.
- From time to time, there's a bad smell in the air. Unfortunately almost in every corner of the city center. This is because the guys (not only men!!!) piss anywhere when they feel like pissing (e.g. trees, houses, doors, garbage cans, cars, etc.). So you really have to be careful, where you put your feet while walking.
- The public transport is quite good. You can use the Metro from 6 am to 1.30 am every day. Through the nights you have various nightbuses, that bring you everywhere. If you are lucky and live near the city center, you can go by foot. You will (almost) never be alone in the streets. Does't matter when. Moreover, if you catch the first metro at about 6 am, you probably will not find a seat to sit down. It's crowded as hell because the creatures of the nights are on their way home and others are on their way to work or whatever.
- Talking about work: right in the city center, rather said in the pedestrian precinct, there's the working place of the prostitutes. Every point of time you will find the Ladies standing around and waiting for men to come. They keep on searching very offensive, so it might occure that they try to catch you, touch you while saying "Hey Cutie, how are you? Wanna fuck?". This is really disgusting, as you never know, what or whom they touched before. Uff.