Another day, another surprise.
When I woke up two hours later than what was expected, I should have realised the day was not going to go as I initially planned. As I was preparing to go to the Madrid International Student Welcome Day, I got a message from one of my friends asking me for directions to the nearest hospital. It’s not every day when you get a question like this so naturally, I was worried and wanted to know why she wanted to go to the hospital. By the time she explained what had happened, I had already changed shoes and was on my way to her room. I just had to stop in another friends’ floor to get said directions.
This is how I ended up in Hospital de la Paz an hour later.
Before I continue, I would like to mention that my dear friend is well and hopefully resting after having her kiwi yoghurt. Having said that, spending the whole day in the hospital was still exhausting and stressful, especially when you are abroad, far from your family. This is why I am glad that I was able to go with her. When you are in your year abroad, you never know what can happen which is why you need a good support network around you. Although we spent hours in the emergency department both tired and worried, I am proud of the way she handled everything. I told her so myself. Despite the constant worrying and the language barrier, we both did pretty well overall and that for me was a success in itself.
I tried my best to distract her with innocuous games whilst we were waiting to hear back from the doctor. From “I spy” to the hangman, we pretty much tried it all until we eventually got called in. I hope we never have to go through that again but in case something like this happens, I feel like we are more than prepared for the challenge.
You live and you learn.
It’s what happens in Erasmus.
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Until next time,