People are everywhere in Madrid. On any given day you see a new fashion statement, new person in your apartment building, and an unfamiliar face in your class. However, even in the densely populated city of 3.3 million you run into the same people who you live by or take the bus with when you are out and about in a different area of the city. 

It is refreshing to wake up and head out the door knowing you are going to have another day of first sightings. I am definitely going to miss people watching and always meeting someone new. Being an extrovert really pays off in the third largest city in the European Union. Though, as much as I love meeting new people in Madrid I look forward to meeting new people at Marquette. I haven't had a semester yet where I haven't made another lifelong friend and I can't wait until I am back at my home base meeting and greeting the new people at my work, in my classes, and my apartment building. It will be strange not having to give two besitos on the cheeks though, I love that custom here. Maybe I can bring it back to the good old 414 and it will catch on... 
 
This post is a bit materialistic, I am warning you. Also, it has the potential of being a bit disturbing. 

Today I was straightening my hair and a large chunk fell out. I knew my straightener wasn't the best, but I didn't think it would do that to my hair. I researched the manufacturer and now, after four months of being in Spain, I learned that you should not straighten your hair every day with this specific straightener. In the U.S. I straighten my hair once or twice a week, but here being blonde and having curly hair really makes me stand out so I usually opt for using a flat iron. So today, I guess I look forward to not having to straighten my hair and letting it be au naturel. 

I am going to miss getting all dressed up each day though. In the U.S. we dress much sloppier than Europeans and each day I struggle to not give in an put on my Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes, and have yet to give in. I think I am going to try and keep up my nice appearance once I get home. That means no sweatpants or yoga pants unless I am going to the gym. Let's see if that happens. I give it a week.