Editors Note: Alyssa Fleming is the daughter of Susan & Dan Fleming and her grandparents live in Waynedale. She has just started a nursing program in Madrid, Spain.


Hello Friends:


As for living on my own, I think I’m starting to get the hang of it…I think.

I got sick a couple days ago and discovered that none of the supermercados have canned soup! Being the uncultured American that I am, I was shocked! and scared by the fact that I would have to make myself chicken noodle soup that is not microwaveable! However, I was very proud of myself when I completed the soup and my roommates had some (I cooked a big pot) and everyone said it was good so grown up points for me!

I have gotten homesick a few times, but I’m told everyone does, and I am certainly making lots of friends and loving this country (even if they don’t have canned soup).

I know a couple of you were wondering about the culture in Spain…well I can tell you that they do have siesta…however not everyone takes a nap…the stores just close…and it’s quite inconvenient. There is a shop siesta and a restaurant siesta and the shops usually close from 2-5 in the afternoon. Thank goodness that not all shops close, and in the center of the city (known as sol) you can usually find whatever you need at any time on any day.

Also, the nightlife is very different from the States. Here, if it is on the weekend, they eat dinner around 10 o’clock at night and then get ready to go out. They go out around 12:30 or 1:00 and stay out until 6am. All the bars and restaurants usually close at 6:00am and open back up somewhere between 9 and 10, however, Sol, where most people go for the night, never sleeps.

Last night I went to a chocolateria (sp?) with my friends in Sol and we got churros y chocolate, and let me just say, you have not tasted hot chocolate until you have tasted Spanish hot chocolate, it is none of that powder quick stuff, it tastes like melted chocolate. We drink it with a spoon and dip the churros in it. But the place I found is open 24 hours and I am so satisfied to know that I can get churros anytime I want.

Well, I think that about sums up my life here, for now anyways, and knowing me I will send the email and then think of something that I forgot but it will just have to wait a while 🙂 Hope everyone is doing well! miss you all and thank you for all of your help and wonderful emails I feel very loved!


Alyssa Fleming, Madrid

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