Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Why I'm water-logged and world-weary

This is what my first day in Spain looked like:

3:00 p.m.: Arrive at Madrid airport
4:00 p.m.: Arrive at casa de Molly
5:00 p.m.: Lunch
6:00-9:00 p.m.: Siesta
10:00 p.m.: Dinner
12:00-1:30 a.m.: Turkish baths

The Turkish baths are apparently where all the young couples in Madrid go to make out.

There were a lot of couples. And a lot of making out.

This picture is not representative, you see, because there is no making out. I didn't take any pictures myself; I stole these from the website. But you can bet that if I had taken pictures, you would see a lot more making out.

All in all, the baths were wholly enjoyable and relaxing. There was a tepid bath, a hot bath, and a cold, and I mean cold bath, and you were meant to move from one to another in that order.

Eastern music was piped in over the speakers, and the rule of complete silence in the baths was mostly disregarded. I spent most of my time in the tepid bath, shunning the two extremes, with my ears submerged until the noise around me became muffled, and the only sound was my own breathing.

I watched the light play against the cavernous ceiling and relaxed, letting the water soothe my travel weary joints and muscles.

I'd like to say I came home and slept like a baby after that, but alas, the restorative powers of the three-hour siesta were too strong for me, and I lay awake for many hours before finally drifting off sometime before dawn.

I guess I still have a lot to learn about this Spanish life.


  1. Rubber ducky, you're the one! You make bathtime so much fun!

    (Or however the song goes...)

  2. Oh, it was a real cultural transition for me, a Midwestern boy who thought staying up to watch Johnny Carson was almost naughty.

    I remember eatling such a light breakfast, going to class for three hours via the Metro, sleeping from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., going to class until 7, studying/hanging out and getting very hungry until 10 (when dinner was served), and taking in the street scene until 1 or 2 a.m. Drinking wine at most meals. I got real used to it. I never saw the Turkish bath, though. Must get back soon.

    Enjoy! :)


  3. oh my god- so in a couple of weeks i could be making out in a turkish bath??? do they just hand out hot spaniards at the door??? i love you rach for bringing this into my day!!! miss you!

  4. It's the making out that tires you out to go to sleep when you get home. Do like Tal says and bring a hot spaniard in there with you.

  5. I am so jealous... Glad you're enjoying yourself!