Wow, that's all so negative. But I'm just trying to explain why, despite being with an absolutely wonderful family and getting paid to take care of two kids who spoke marvelous English, I was not at my happiest in Madrid. I tried to make the best of it and explore the city, to immerse myself in real castellano (as opposed to a mix of Spanish and Galician), and even to appreciate the scorching heat.
But now that I'm done there (and have been for a month now), I feel like I can just can come out and say it--being back in Galicia is truly glorious. The weather is nice and cool, the food is fantastic and cheap, the people are friendly, and I just feel like I'm back home. I love Galicia and I'm not shy about shouting it from the rooftops!
Who wouldn't love a place like this?? It has everything!
Beautiful beaches--the water on the Islas Cíes was so blue it looked fake
Great views and the ocean to boot
Interesting geological phenomena like la Playa de las Catedrales
Mountains and rivers and great places to go hiking
Famous historical sites like the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela
Interesting musical heritage (bagpipes are cool, just like bowties)
Great food and wine, which also happens to be inexpensive
An interesting language that is not Spanish but still mostly comprehensible (unlike *ahem* Basque)
And last but not least, Celta de Vigo, a newly first-division fútbol team! (photo by the awesome Xose)
So, if you haven't been here, come! If you have, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Que viva Galicia!