Getting the Abono Card for the Metro

I lucked out on getting my Abono Card for the Metro. I got in and out in less than 10 minutes. Plus, you will leave with your card in hand.  All I needed to bring was my US Passport, address, phone #, and money for the transport card and 1st month’s payment.  They will take your picture there.

Breakdown of Cost

  • €5 for the transport card.
  • €35 (joven) or €54,60 (normal)

If you live around Sol, go to the Sol Metro stop and get on Line 3. Get off at at the Legazpi stop. Put this address in your Google Maps App:  Paseo de las Delicias, 150 28045 Madrid ‎

Here’s picture of the street and shop:

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Source Google Maps

Best of Luck!!!!

Stresses of Getting Stuff Together for a Metro Card and Residential Card

I’ve become over whelmed with all the stuff I need to do for obtaining a metro card and submitting paperwork for my residential. I’ve read different blogs to get information, but I am dashed and confused  with all the information I’ve processed.  So many appointments to make and money to spend!!!

Abona Card

  • A passport (if you’re a foreigner) or Spanish ID.
  • A photocopy of your ID.
  • An ID-sized photo, which you can take in photo booths in most metro stations. (Note: Some appointment locations, like Sol and Avenida de América, will take a photo for you.)
  • A phone number.
  • Your address.
  • €5 for the transport card.
  • €35 (joven) or €54,60 (normal) for your first recharge. You can pay in cash or with a credit/debit card (in most locations). It’s best to have cash on-hand just in case.

Residential Card

1. THE SLIP OF PAPER WITH YOUR APPOINTMENT

2. FORMULARIO EX-17

3. CARTA DE NOMBRAMIENTO (2X)

4. PASSPORT (ORIGINAL + COPY)
5. JUSTIFICANTE DE LA TASA PAGADA

6. THREE (3) SPANISH PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOS

7. CERTIFICADO DE EMPADRONAMIENTO

Moving into to the Piso: Finally Have a Place to Call Home!

I lucked out on the piso I moved into this weekend. Why? I knew personal someone who had a piso they were trying to move out of and find a replacement tenet.  I have an amazing purple room with a big bed, baloney, desk, and   lots of closet space. It’s nice to have a place to call home for the next 9 months. I still need to go get some stuff for the room: bed linens, pillows, blanket, lamp for the night stand, and other stuff. I need to make a run to Ikea for these items. I still have a few more things I need to finish up within the coming week: getting my paperwork together for my resident card, metro pass, and opening up a Spanish banking account.

Moving to Spain has been one of the most stressful things I have ever done. Why? One, I moved to a foreign country 5,000 miles away from home and everyone I know. Two, I had to find housing speaking broken Spanish. Three, I had to navigate through a city I wasn’t to familiar with the streets or metro system. Most people that know me would say I worry too much with different elements in my life. However, for once I am not worrying myself to death with elements in life that I can’t control. Spain has shown me that everything will work out and life will be grand. I guess I am adopting a Spanish mindset with how to approach life’s problems.

The Truth About Finding a PISO (Apartment/ Flat) in Madrid : The AMERICAN vs Spainard Piso Shopping

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Some people dream of living and moving to a foreign country. Some get to live the dream overseas; however, adjusting to a new place, language, and culture can be stressful. A person wanting to live overseas has to have all their lose ends in the country they are moving from such as bills, housing, and packing. It takes a lot of energy, time, and money to relocate overseas. Even with all the things listed above to deal with, I still made a once in a lifetime choice to move overseas. I don’t regret my choice to move to Spain!

In late September every year, many Americans and other native English speakers move to teach ESL in Madrid’s public schools. I arrived in Madrid on 9/18. I got to my hostel.  I spent 48 hours relaxing and adjusting to the time change.After the 48 hours passed, I started using websites like Idealista and Easypiso.

To find a piso in Madrid you have to call or use Whatsapp to contact possible a landlord. Next, comes the hard part, you have to ask questions in Spanish (I had to get out of comfort zone and  communicate in Spanish with possible landlords). If you like what the landlord is saying, you need to request a time to come by and look at the apartment. In America, apartment hunting is done in a different style. Spain’s approach to piso hunting requires some getting use to. You have go in person to view the place and ask more questions. If you don’t feel comfortable, ask someone to come with you. Someone will be willing to help out. Maybe offer coffee or tapas? Once you come to an agreement, you will need to sign a contract with your landlord.To research more on how to find a piso in Spain, go to the bottom of this blog for some useful links or Google piso hunting tips. 

Personal Thoughts on the Experience: My Spanish is improving  in a short period of time! Also, I have been made to step out of my comfort zone to accomplish a task. My personal development is improving. 

Questions for the Reader: Have you ever moved, worked, and lived overseas? Where? What was it like? Was it hard? What would you share with others wanting to move overseas?

Tips:

  1. Don’t go through an agency! They will charge you for using them.
  2. If you are not good at Spanish, get someone to help you with your texts. Don’t worry you will get better at Spanish in the timeframe you are looking for a piso.
  3. Don’t e-mail landlords!! Spaniards prefer that you use your phone to  call or Whatsapp them! Spaniards don’t reply to emails that fast, so use a phone to get this task done.
  4. Be safe! Use your gut on going to the appointment or not.
  5. Research areas in Madrid!

For more information check out these blogs:

Madrid Barros (Neighborhoods) 

How to Look for a Piso