I heard so many conflicting things before going to Madrid, most people loved it and warned me that I would be sucked into the city only to be seen again when my bank account was empty and then others told me it was too hot in the summer and I’d be confined to my air conditioned room for my entire stay. The reality for me was somewhere in between.
Views over the park royal palace in the city.
Although it was unbearably warm at times and I showered what felt like a million times a day most days I was still sucked into the cities charm. Well maybe it was more like slipped on a pool of my own sweat and slithered into it, either way my trip that was meant for four days turned into two weeks and I still felt there was more to see.
Street art and venue beside the Mercado de la Cebda
I did all the obvious touristy things (the ones that were free anyway), Prado museum, la renia Sophia etc… Most of the museums and galleries are free either in the last two hours of opening or if you have a valid student card and you are under 25. My favorite museum was la renia Sophia, which houses collections from Dali and Picasso as well hundreds of others. It’s super big though so I did it over two days.
On the roof of La reina Sophia, taken by my beautiful friend Gabby Rogers.
The city is full of wild life with turtles and fish in the ponds in the parks and in the train station. They are perfect lunch dates, even if you do look mental trying to talk to baby animals in public… The parks and plazas were perfect for passing the days away doing nothing more than people watching and reading (two of my favorite activities).
I spent my birthday here, this was one of the first times I got to proper experience Spanish nightlife. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend my birthday then on a roof top pool in the middle of the city and then topped off with cake and free drinks in the evening.I would like to give a full comment on it but being me I blacked out after pub two on the pub crawl… All I know for sure is that there was like of stage dancing and hair flipping, my two favorite things.
Most of the people I met in Madrid were so nice and accommodating apart from the first hostel I stayed in where I had major problems with some of the men that were staying there and the staff were so unhelpful. The second hostel I stayed in was so nice and I made some really good friends there, the staff were so friendly and willing to help with anything. Mad4You, the second hostel I stayed in was sick. The breakfast was the best I had in all the hostels I’ve stayed in, it was the highlight of my day, every day.
When the second week was closing in I realised that I needed to move on and see more places before my money ran out. I was really sad to leave but I will definitely come back to Madrid it’s a place where I don’t think I would ever get bored. Although I was planning on going in the general direction of Lyon, a free over night bus ticket to Lisbon fell into my lap so my decision was made for me.