My friend and I plan to stay one month in Madrid, February 2014. We plan to take Spanish lessons there before moving onto Malaga area and then Barcelona. Rather than read through hundreds of postings, I hope I'll get some help by posting my own questions. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
There are many language schools. Does anyone have any recommendations on those to avoid or attend? We are both over 50 with a desire to learn some basics that would be useful in restaurants, when shopping, traveling, and chatting with locals who are more comfortable in Spanish than English, etc.
We would like to rent an apartment for a month or each have a room in a house with kitchen privileges. Can you recommend neigbourhoods, again mentioning any to be avoided. Thanks! Most of the language schools seem to be in the central area of the city. As transit strikes seem to occur from time to time, we would want to be within walking distance of the city center. We are aware of a few agencies for renting apartments, however, if you know of any reputable ones, please let us know. Once the school we'll attend is decided, I may come back here for more suggestions. :-)
I'll start there.