¿Te gusta Malasaña?
By: Chelsea Raubenheimer (University of Colorado - Boulder)
Three years ago I discovered the singer Manu Chao and fell in love with his song “Me Gustas Tú”. In the song there is a line that says, "Me gusta Malasaña, me gustas tú". At the time I wasn't sure what Malasaña was so I did a little google search and discovered that it was the alternative barrio in Madrid - reminiscent of Greenwich Village or Camden in London. Yes. Three years later I found myself filling out my housing application for Madrid and I remembered what I had read and casually mentioned that it would be cool to live in Malasaña. Wishes were granted and here I am now in Malasaña with my wonderful host Cristina!! She is the big sister I never had and we have adapted quite well to our life together!
Seeing as we are both constantly on the go, it is hard to find time to talk so I have gotten into the habit of leaving her notes all the time- just about funny things that have happened to me, asking her about her day, etc. Then when we do get to see each other she will correct the grammar in my notes and tell me better ways to say each phrase in Spanish. It has been a fun way to keep tabs on each other and also work on my Spanish. Anyway, everything has been great - from her wonderful cooking, to waking up on a weekend and blasting The Strokes, to the view off my balcony, to my first caña at a bar down the street with her... it has been quite the adventure!! Nothing like I expected beforehand, but so much better.
¡¡¡Me gusta Malasaña!!!