Madrid 3May 21, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C
Went to these HUGE markets.
Went inside the Royal Palace, epic.
Went to these HUGE markets.
Went inside the Royal Palace, epic.
I flew from Frankfurt to Madrid, all by myself. I put my bag in my bin all by myself. And made it through the Spanish airport all by myself.
10 points to Hufflepuff.
Lucy (a friend I worked with, also the girl who got me the job) picked me up at the airport with her younger brother, Gonzalo. We drove to her mom’s workplace so I could meet her, then back to her house which is where I’ll be staying during the week. She gave me a tour and made us lunch, whiskey chicken and rice. It was really good.
After we ate we went downstairs and packed a small bag of things to bring to Valencia with us, which is a 4 hour drive from Madrid. We put it in her (tiny) car and filled up on gas and snacks.
The hotel were staying in is artist themed, and by that I mean every room is a different artist instead of just a number and each one has a painting from that artist inside. We arrived around 9 pm and we were both so tired that we just grabbed food (tapas) from around the corner and then crashed.Read more
When we arrived in Madrid we checked into our hostel and then decided to get our grub on! I was extremely hungry because I didn’t have dinner the night prior since I felt nauseous due to my migraine. We got lunch at a place called Cien Montaditos per Marks recommendation and it was a magical experience! On Wednesday’s they have a deal where each sandwich is only a euro. I got 5 sandwiches which perfectly hit the spot and were all delicious! This was probably the best cheap food that I’ve ever had. I also got a drink called tinto de vernano which is wine, gassy water, and lemon for only 1,5 euro! This is basically the more authentic version of sangria and it was delicious. I was so blown away by how little I spent for such good food! We then decided to celebrate the Spanish lifestyle and take a siesta for two hours. When we woke up Grant and I did a free walking tour and Naomi stayed back because she wasn’t feeling well. The tour was nice and covered a lot of history. We saw many important sites like plaza mayor, Botín which is the oldest restaurant in the world, the cathedral, and the palace. After the tour we attempted to meet up with Naomi at a place called Museo de Jamon, but realized after she left that it had multiple locations. This was bad because she doesn’t have texting or data and resulted in us accidentally going to different locations. We eventually figured out this blunder and were able to find each other after Naomi went back to the hostel to use the WiFi to message me. Once we finally met up we walked around and shopped for a bit until our free hostel dinner. After our hostel dinner Naomi decided to call it a night since she was feeling sick, and Grant and I played drinking games and went to a bar/club with the hostel. The hostel somehow managed to get all of us open bar at the club for an hour which blew my mind. The alcohol wasn’t even low quality so we easily could have made back the cost of the hostel for a night from the free drinks we had. I still have no idea how that was possible but I wasn’t complaining! We then danced at the club for a few hours with some friends we made at the hostel. It was a ton of fun and I am still shook that I paid less than 10 euro for all the food and drinks I had the entire day! We got back to the hostel around 3 am and called it a night. The hostel we stayed at, Sungate One, is probably my favorite hostel I’ve stayed at so far with great facilities and fun activities. Also having a private air conditioned room for the three of us was a big perk. We slept in a bit the next day to recover from our late night. We then decided to start our day walking around the famous Mercado de San Miguel. The market itself was really petty and cool to see, but was very pricey for Madrid standards so we decided to just get juice and dessert here. The desserts we got were beautiful looking small cakes that were also really tasty! After leaving the market we went to a supermarket to buy picnic food for lunch. We had our picnic in Retiro Park which was great, especially since there were benches for me to avoid sitting in the grass. Retiro Park is massive with many different things like free art exhibits to check out. We only explored a small portion of the park, but what we saw was beautiful. Next, we went to the Prado Museum which has the third largest art collection in the world. We were pleasantly surprised to discover upon arrival that the museum is free for any students under the age of 25! At the museum was one of Naomi’s favorite paintings of all time, the garden of earthly delights. The painting was really interesting and had a lot going on and it was exciting for Naomi to see it in person. Another highlight of the museum was seeing apparently the most valuable version of the Mona Lisa. People don’t realize that there is also a Mona Lisa in the Prado so this one did not have large crowds like at the Louvre. I wanted to take a picture with it but apparently you aren’t allowed to, sad. My favorite piece we saw was probably this marble statue of a woman wearing a veil. I was very impressed with how the artist made this veiled face all by chiseling marble. After spending four hours exploring the museum we went to Marks favorite restaurant, Tabernas Maceiras, for a tapas dinner! There we shared a bottle of white Albariño, a cheese platter, pimientos de padrón, mejillones, bisteck, and pulpo. All were absolutely delicious and it was a great treat yo self meal! After dinner we decided to go back to the hostel for a chill night of watching the final episode of the bachelorette since Naomi wasn’t feeling well. After watching the episode I discovered that I won the bach bracket! Woo victory is mine!! When we were done watching the episode we went to sleep and enjoyed our last night in a private room. We were luckily able to for the most part avoid the August heat during our stay which was a pleasant surprise. I liked Madrid a lot and am still impressed with how much bang you can get for your buck in the city!Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Plaza de Olavide