We left Madrid and took a long bus ride up to Bilbao today. Spain is a beautiful country from an air-conditioned perch in a travel bus, and I look forward to exploring my surroundings in Bilbao.
I managed to fry my alarm clock when I plugged it in, forgetting the voltage differences in Europe. My laptop charger cable seems to be holding up, although the power converter on the cord is getting hot. I'll make a point not to use it for extended periods of time. The last thing I need is to be without my laptop in a foreign country. Another note: I need a new alarm clock.
I'm getting better at Spanish just by hearing it. I'm not sure where I'll end up on the placement test in about 10 hours, but either way I'm committed to enjoying myself here in Spain.