First, here's some background... As most of you know, I am currently teaching English in Madrid. I am able to do so through the Auxiliar de Conversación program which places native English speakers in schools all across Spain. This program is very popular because it is one of the best ways for getting a visa to live abroad.
When I started planning my move to Madrid, I scoured the internet for advice for my future move to Madrid. I luckily came across multiple blogs and facebook groups from past Auxiliares with answers to my many questions such as... "How much should I pack? How early should I arrive before I start working?" and "How easy is it to find an apartment ("piso" in Spanish) in Madrid?" The general advice from past Auxiliares left me with the impression that it would be pretty easy to find a place within a few days.
Well...as you can tell by the title of this post, the correct answer is that it was not easy at all. And thats not to say it wasn't easy for those previous bloggers in years past, but this year was anything but simple. Because of this, I spent my first few weeks in Madrid stressed out that I didn't have a place to live.
But I am here to tell you that after 3 and a half long weeks of searching and contacting over 60 different landlords, I am no longer a nomad! It took a lot of perserverance, and a lot of walking trying to spot any "Se Alquila" ("For Rent" in English) signs...
I am so happy to finally have a place to call mine where I can unpack once and for all. I found an adorable 4th floor exterior studio right in the heart of Madrid. Not to mention, it has a cute little terrace to people watch from!
Now that I am finally settling in to my new home, I can't wait to fully explore this beautiful city!