Meet Sebastian - Erasmus en Madrid
Hey Seb, why did you come to Madrid and whereabouts did you come from?
I'm from Berlin and right now i'm doing a six month/one semester internship in Madrid as part of my bachelors degree.
How does Madrid compare with Berlin?
Berlin and Madrid are in some cases really similar, but still different. Both cities have a lot of young people and culture, but I see Berlin as a more multicultural city than Madrid.
What do you do with your spare time Seb?
I spend the majority of my time going out with friends, making music or travelling through the country - I want to see other parts of Spain while I'm here.
What are the top 3 spots that come to your head when you think about Madrid?
1. Parque del Cerro del Tio Pio (it has the best view over Madrid).
2. La Pequeña Graná (my favourite place to get a beer and it's cheap, but the food is excellent).
3. The whole city center - areas like La Latina and Malasaña.
What do you want to do most beforeyou leave?
Learn more spanish, meet people and of course do more travelling through the country.
Do you have any tricks or advice for people that are going to move here?
Learn spanish before (even just a little), because a lot of people don't speak english which causes a lot of problems when you're looking for flats.
What's been the most difficult thing about moving to Madrid?
As I mentioned earlier, definitely for me the language barrier and a lot of people not speaking english.
Whilst we're speaking about difficulties, how have you managed with Spanish banking? Which bank do you use and why?
I'm using Sabadell - it has accounts without fees and you can find branches and ATMs everywhere in the city.
What's a typical day like for you here in Madrid?
Monday till friday it's work from 9 till 6, and afterwards it's mostly chilling or seeing friends/doing things with my flatmates. At the weekend it's always different, sometimes going out, sometimes travelling or sometimes just doing stuff for myself.
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