When I travel east, I’m not sure I do not get over jet lag naturally. I landed in Madrid Monday at 7 AM, and, in the days I’ve been here, I’ve moved toward even more of an American time zone schedule than Spanish. Here’s my sleep since I got here on Monday:

Technically all those AM’s are the next day.

Monday:  noon – 4 PM, 2 AM – 4 AM

Tuesday: noon – 6 PM, 3 AM – 9 AM

Wednesday: 2 PM – 5 PM, 6 AM – 1 PM

Thursday: 3 AM – 5 PM with a brief wake up at 5 AM where I popped melatonin

I know what I need to do, set an alarm for tomorrow and get onto a more normal sleeping schedule, but I would have expected a more normal one by now.

This is one reason I love traveling north/south to South America. There’s rarely more than a two hour time change in either direction–though in the winter West Coast to Buenos Aires is five hours–so there’s no jet lag. I also don’t mind traveling west. I tend to be a night owl, so I stay up to when I would have stayed up anyway, which is usually a reasonable time in my new time zone. It’s just traveling east that kills me.

All this isn’t to say I haven’t had an amazing week in Madrid so far. I went to the second leg of the Champions League Semifinal–the second biggest soccer game of the year worldwide–and had a blast. It could have only been more fun if Real Madrid had won.

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I am excited for Madrid’s restaurants eventually, but I’ve been able to cook for myself all week, which is something I had been missing the last month of staying with friends and family.

I’ve been able to sample the infamous nightlife of Madrid twice this week, and I’m rested up for this three day weekend that starts tonight.

But I sure would prefer to be on a more consistent, earlier sleep schedule. That’s the goal for next week!


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