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Get Paid to Party: Madrid Edition

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Oct 25, 2012 —  Being a writer or photographer in Madrid is not as simple as it sounds. Sure there are plenty of days of cruising around the shops and parks and tree-lined streets. But when it comes to Madrid's nightlife - it's a whole different ballgame.

Our team of experts quickly learned why siesta is not only condoned, but needed. In a city where the bars and clubs can 'start' getting crowded at 3am, it takes being a true night-owl to navigate the wheat from the chaff.

Here are three of our favorites in their own words while on the job. We salute you ladies and all your sleepless nights and sleep-filled afternoons!

 

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    Katey Glover – Madrid

    What is your favorite part of the job?

    My favorite part of the job was it helped to get me acclimated with Madrid. I had just moved to Madrid, found the job with Party Earth and this helped me find places to go and meet people. Everywhere I went, the people were nice and helpful…I really had a great time doing it. Plus, everywhere I went I was asked “Would you like anything to drink?” Hehe.

    Short Story/Anecdote from your time on the job:

    I was the only person working in Madrid, so I went from having NO idea about the scene in Madrid to having a good idea about places to go and not to go. I had just moved here, didn’t know anyone or where anything was and my Spanish was “no bueno,” so starting up with Party Earth was my way into Madrid. I had to buy a map of Madrid and look like a tourist to find venues. After a while, my friends would laugh at me when they would see me out working and yell “Katey!! You look like a tourist!!” Lol

     

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    Molly Glasgow – Madrid

    What is your favorite part of the job?

    I absolutely loved going to all the venues in different neighborhoods. Madrid is a massive city, and if you don't have a guide, you're likely to miss most of the amazing barrios that aren't close to the city center. Also, working for Party Earth always gave me something to talk about with my fellow party-goers – people were always amazed at what a cool job I had.

    Short Story/Anecdote from your time on the job:

    Two of my girlfriends and I went to a very high-class, glitzy venue and were surprised to find that we were probably at least ten years younger than anyone in the place. But this older, sophisticated crowd seriously knew how to have a good time. The dance party extended from the dance floor almost to the bar, and we were absolutely loving life watching women who could be our moms getting a bit sloppy and pulling the greatest old-school dance moves we'd seen in quite a while. A couple of men in pristine suits offered to buy us drinks, and although I was reluctant at first, I discovered one of these older men was the most fascinating person I'd ever met. He was a businessman from Angola who had taught himself Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French and had traveled to every continent and over a hundred countries. This gentleman gave me the best piece of advice I have ever received while discussing learning new languages. He told me that he has found that people are so fearful of making a mistake or coming off as incompetent that they often just give up instead of taking the chance that could potentially open up new doors and create new opportunities. He advised me to always put myself out there even if its intimidating, because if you do it with a smile, most people will overlook your mistakes and appreciate the effort. This man and my internship with Party Earth taught me that in life the only thing you should truly fear is fear itself. You only live once and you won't regret making a fool of yourself, but you will regret not living life to the fullest for fear of making an inconsequential error like wrongly conjugating a Spanish verb.

     

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    Hannah Kissel – Madrid

    What is your favorite part of the job?

    Madrid is a metropolis of bars, clubs, and tapas spots, so it’s easy to get lost in the abundance of fiestas. Party Earth was like my own personal VIP tour guide, showing me the ropes while allowing me to cut the lines.

    Short Story/Anecdote from your time on the job:

    One day when I was photographing Retiro, a seemingly homeless man plopped down next to me. He struck up a conversation about how he was going to change the world with his hotel where the elephants and lions would freely roam the land. I thought he was a funny man, and wrote him off as one of the hundreds of homeless, insane people wandering Madrid. A week later when I was telling the story to a few locals, I found out his name is Andreas, the incredible millionaire with an art gallery who is infamously known for roaming the park and appearing loco. I now know never to judge a book by its cover, or a Spaniard by his stories.

     

Katey Glover – Madrid

What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job was it helped to get me acclimated with Madrid. I had just moved to Madrid, found the job with Party Earth and this helped me find places to go and meet people. Everywhere I went, the people were nice and helpful…I really had a great time doing it. Plus, everywhere I went I was asked “Would you like anything to drink?” Hehe.

Short Story/Anecdote from your time on the job:

I was the only person working in Madrid, so I went from having NO idea about the scene in Madrid to having a good idea about places to go and not to go. I had just moved here, didn’t know anyone or where anything was and my Spanish was “no bueno,” so starting up with Party Earth was my way into Madrid. I had to buy a map of Madrid and look like a tourist to find venues. After a while, my friends would laugh at me when they would see me out working and yell “Katey!! You look like a tourist!!” Lol

 

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