DE MADRID AL CIELO

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…Sau cand la ei e mai bine decat la noi.

“De Madrid al cielo” … cum zic spaniolii, adica un fel de a spune ca, dupa orasul lor doar Raiul e mai frumos, si asta cu o conditie: sa ai de acolo de sus o “fereastra” spre capitala Spaniei, ca sa urmaresti tot ce misca.

Povestea mea de dragoste cu Madrid a inceput acum vreo trei ani cand am ajuns pentru prima data acolo. M-am simtit ca acasa din prima clipa. E normal pentru noi, ca romani, sa ne acomodam usor acolo, sunt la fel de galagiosi, limba o inveti imediat si avem obiceiuri destul de asemanatoare.

De atunci, m-am intors de 7 ori la Madrid – am ajuns din omul care spunea ca nu o sa calatoreasca de doua ori in acelasi loc, un fel de Madrid-junkie. Uneori, mi se face atat de dor de locul ala incat inchid ochii si imi imaginez ca sunt acolo, pe strazile care nu dorm niciodata.

…Or, when over there is better than over here.

“De Madrid al cielo” , is the Spanish way of saying that, after their city, only the Heaven is more beautiful, and only with one condition: to have a „window” in the sky  that overlooks the capital city of Spain, so that you could watch everything that’s happening there.

My love story with Madrid began about three years ago, when I first got there. It felt like home from the first moment. As Romanians, it’s normal for us to adapt quickly over there, they are as talkative as us, we can learn quickly the language, and they have similar habits.

Since then, I’ve returned 7 times to Madrid – I’ve come a long way from the girl who used to say that she’ll never visit the same place twice, I’m a Madrid-junkie now. Sometimes, I miss that place so much that I close my eyes and I imagine that I’m there, on the streets that never sleep.

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M-am gandit de multe ori cum ar fi daca intr-o zi mi-as face curaj si as pleca sa locuiesc acolo. DEFINITIV. Ma trezesc insa repede la realitate – cum sa mai primeasca inca un roman pe cap cand la ei rata somajului printre tineri creste intr-un ritm alarmat de la o luna la alta. Dar asta nu ma impiedica sa visez ca poate, odata si odata, daca locul meu chiar e acolo o sa imi indeplinesc si visul asta.

Imi place ca pe strazile din Madrid te simti liber cu adevarat! Pe langa faptul ca in Spania exista multe comunitati atat de diferite incat ai putea crede cu usurinta ca nici macar nu sunt localnici, acolo s-au adunat oameni din toate colturile lumii. Europeni sunt peste tot, alaturi de oameni din America Latina si America de Nord. Cel mai interesant e modul de perceptie al americanilor, care spun ca Madridul e orasul european care se apropie cel mai mult de New York. Pana acolo nu am ajuns inca, dar ii cred pe ei pe cuvant!

Si intr-adevar, pe langa sentimentul pe care il ai cand stai la o cafenea si in jurul tau se vorbesc cel putin 5 limbi diferite, la Madrid gasesti o libertate bine inteleasa. Oameni care, desi au greutati, nu au uitat sa zambeasca si nu si-au pierdut compasiunea pentru altii, care se imbraca si in alte culori decat negru si gri, care iti zambesc fara niciun motiv cand vad in metrou cat de mult iti place orasul lor, care nu se calca in (si pe) picioare in intersectiile aglomerate si care nu iau foc in trafic de la cea mai mica prostie, care citesc in metrou si alte ziare decat cele de scandal (au chiar poezii postate in vagoane) si care stiu sa manance al naibii de bine!

I’ve thought a lot of times how it would be if someday I would just move there. FOR GOOD. But I wake up quickly – they will not welcome there another Romanian, when the unemployment rate amongst young people is growing from a month to another. But this can’t keep me from dreaming that, maybe, someday, if my place is there, I will fulfill this dream.

I like how, on the streets of Madrid you can truly feel free. In Spain, there are so many different communities you would think they are not locals, people from all around the world have gathered there. The Europeans are everywhere, along with people from Latin and North America. The americans view Madrid in the most interesting way, they say that it’s the European city that resembles New York the most. I haven’t been there yet, but I trust them!

And indeed, along with the feeling that you get when you are at a coffee shop and the people around you speak at least 5 different languages, in Madrid you can find freedom in the true sense of the word. People that, even if they have a hard time, still remember to smile, and haven’t lost the compassion for others, people who dress in lively colors, people who smile back for no reason, that don’t step on your feet when it’s too crowded, and that don’t curse in traffic for no reason, people who read in the metro (they even have poetries posted in the wagons) and that eat a damn good food!

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