Hi everyone! Here we are at the first post of this new adventure, my blog. I spent various days thinking about how to launch it. I didn’t know whether to give you a little description of me and the topics that I will discuss here whether to launch it right away with my travels or to do many other things. At the end I told myself, why do you have to choose? Do both, so here we are. I decided to rely on one of the cities that most overwhelm me and make me wish I didn’t have to leave it, Madrid.
I visited it twice, the first time I had a crush on it while the second time I fell madly in love with it. It could have been caused by the circumstances, it was my first trip completely alone, it could have been because it’s charming, but despite all of that it will always have a place in my heart. Regardless of how much I will travel or where I will end up it will come with me reminding me that if I want I can do anything, even to leave for a journey of a week in a foreign country completely alone and to know only the essential minimum of the local language. It seemed really hard for an introverted person like me, but the desire to return there after that first time it was so enormous that I decided to throw myself and after the initial fear the sight was wonderful. The plane trip didn’t worry me too much, because I had already traveled alone by plane but this time there would be no one waiting for me at the destination. I would have been a whole week on my own and I worried on whether the other people would understand me or not. I arrived in Madrid and I was very happy to be able to buy a season ticket of the public transport, the small victories of an introvert abroad who doesn’t know the language very well, until I saw the map with the various subways stations and my satisfaction passed away. In front of me I had what seemed a myriad of colored lines that went in all directions and intertwined with each other.
I hadn’t study the path I had to follow to reach the hostal where I would have stayed, bad, very bad, always study before at home the path to do if you don’t want to find yourself in my situation, so I had a good ten minutes there trying to figure out where I was and how to reach it, studying the various routes and subways changes. The funny part of this story is that proud of myself that disentangled it I climbed on the subway and followed the path I had studied a few moments before, I got off at my stop and started to walk. After several minutes I realized that there was something wrong, in fact the walking part should have been very short instead I was walking but the hostal wasn’t in the view. In short I stopped at a store and asked what was the number of the street I reached because, probably due to my tiredness, I didn’t see it anywhere and by the response of the kind saleswoman I realized I didn’t get off at the right stop. I got off at the stop before mine so I had to go all the way uphill with a backpack dragging my heavy suitcase under the sun of midday in May. Now that I tell it I laugh too, especially thinking about what appearance I should have had when I finally arrived and they gave me the key of the room, instead in that moment I think it would have been the last thing I would have done.
In the following days I managed to visit most of the things I had set for myself at home like: the museums (Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza); the Real Jardín Botánico; various squares and monuments. I managed to get a trip to Toledo with a touristic bus too. I really liked this small town. I found it relaxing and quiet despite the various tourists, a kind of rest from the center of Madrid with its noises. The small and narrow streets brought me back to years and years ago, they made me feel even more the soul of the town. I strongly recommend you to go visit it if you are planning a trip to Spain, it’s really worth it, although I recommend you to stay there at least a full-day so you can relax and enjoy everything and don’t do like me that opted for a half-day trip.
At this point I imagine you have some questions, why Lingue e Viaggi? Who is there behind the blog?, or, why I’m here? What she writes could interest me?. Here you have the answers:
- Lingue e Viaggi means Languages and Travels in Italian, that is because I’m Italian so I wanted my blog to have an Italian title. I choose these topics because they are two of my passions that I want to share with you and on which I have decided to focus my blog;
- Who is there behind the blog? I believe this is one of the most difficult questions to answer but I will try to give an answer as accurate as possible.
- I am a girl who loves traveling and discovering new cities and countries. My travels are generally cultural travels , so around museums and similar things, even if I love also getting to know the cities better by walking and getting lost in the streets discovering places I would have never found otherwise.
- I’m fascinated by languages and at the moment I’m studying three languages at university: English, Spanish and French. It seems strange because before I talked about me as an introverted person but the passions can’t be controlled so I’m looking for a balance between the two things even if at the moment there always seems to be an internal war.
- I love music, listen to my favorite songs or my favorite singers gives me a sense of well-being and charge that allows me to have that extra boost. Moreover, music is part of the culture of a country so knowing it helps you to understand better the culture and get in touch with it by feeling an internal point of view.
- I love acting and singing so much that I’m attending a course. I like the feeling of the stage, the interpretation of someone else that is not me and the ability to vent myself, to express emotions that belong to the character that I play, identify myself with it so much to feel it almost mine. Being on stage makes me feel good even if before I enter on it not so much.
- I have a great passion for reading since I was a child. The genres that I prefer are the horror and the fantasy. Identify myself in a good book and detach me from what I have around I think it is one of the most beautiful sensations in the world.
With this points I hope I managed to give you an idea of who I am, with the blog you will know me more and more.
- To answer the question about why you are here and if you could be interested in my blog, I will now explain to you shortly, I hope, the contents. Once upon a time years and years ago … I’m joking! Seriousness: I opened this little space of mine to talk about and share with you two of my biggest passions, travels and languages, so you will find all posts related to these two large areas. Things like: stories of my various travels; advice on things to see; my thoughts scattered here and there; tips on how to improve your language learning; how not to be demoralized when it seems that you’re not going forward; and many other things. In practice this blog is for anyone who loves the idea of traveling, who’s fascinated by languages, who’s simply curious or love both because they are in my opinion closely related:
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. (Nelson Mandela)
The quote in my opinion fits at the best what I think of the correlation between languages and traveling. It isn’t necessary to learn perfectly every language of the countries you want to visit, but to have a basic knowledge of a few phrases or words allows you to learn more about the culture in which you are entering, feeling you much more an integral part of the environment.
I will talk to you about my trip to Madrid in more detail in another post. I hope you enjoyed reading this and continueto follow me. If you have any questions, doubts or just want to let me know what you think I would really appreciate it.