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Welcome to Madrid, where the days start late, the nights end later, and the locals look like Javier Bardem.

Sound good? Well, there’s more. Much more. Madrid is home to some of the biggest and baddest sights in the world, from museums filled with iconic art to discotheques packed with Spain’s most beautiful. From Goya’s The Nude Maja by day to the (almost) naked madrileños at night, Madrid insists that you stay on the move—in only the most laid-back style, of course. When it’s time to recuperate, slow down, savor some of the best in Spanish cuisine, and lounge in one of the city’s immaculate parks or gardens under the warm Spanish sun.

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2110, 2015
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Holy Toledo! A Daytrip Saga

By |Food, Madrid, Spain|0 Comments

For all of those who don’t know me (and I mean all because this is my first post), I am currently studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain for the semester. The city is great, the beaches are even better, and the paella is fantastic, but once in a while, a girl needs a change of scenery. This past weekend I took the eight-hour bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid to visit a friend that is studying abroad there. Because of Spain’s own version of Columbus Day, we had Monday off of class and a whole day to spare before [...]

1110, 2015
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Madrid’s Literary Neighborhood: Barrio de las Letras

By |Culture, Madrid, Spain|0 Comments

It’s safe to say that when most tourists visit Madrid, they make a beeline for the Prado. Or for La Plaza Mayor. Or for sangria. Only late into their trips, if ever, do tourists learn of el Barrio de Las Letras, the city’s literary quarter that was once home to Spanish Renaissance greats like writer Miguel Cervantes, playwright Lope De Vego, and poet Francisco Gómez de Quevedo. The small neighborhood tucked away behind la Puerta del Sol and near La Latina boasts alternative nightlife, artisan foods, and literary walk on Calle de las Huertas. The walk, lined with [...]

2507, 2014
  • Madrid Train Leaving for Toledo

Hasta Luego, Madrid.

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On leaving for Toledo. I’m sitting in the Atocha station waiting to catch my train to Toledo. I’m unshowered, sweaty, a little dehydrated. But I don’t want to get up to grab some water because I’m afraid someone will take my seat, which is a rarity in this crowded station. That nagging, dusty, nostalgic feeling about leaving a place is stuck in the back of my throat. It’s been two weeks since I first stepped off the Tribunal metro stop into the heart of Madrid, lost, obviously foreign, and completely alone. I’ll be honest—the first few days [...]

1007, 2014
  • A photo of a protest in the Puerta del Sol, Madird.

Finally, a Protest

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On Spain's (other) national pastime. I've been waiting for eight days now. Finally, I saw a protest in Puerta del Sol. It wasn't that large of a protest, maybe fifteen people, all older than 40. They were holding signs reading "real transición sin rey," or, "real transition without a king." The protestors were in opposition to the declaration of a new king, the now-Prince Felipe (to be King Felipe VI), whose father Juan Carlos I abdicated on June 2. It seems that a lot of Spaniards don't think their 30-year-old democracy is true. I don't know [...]

807, 2014
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Unicorns, Spider-Man, Whistles… Oh My?

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On Madrid's many vendors. Since I’ve been staying in one area of Madrid for about a week now, I keep running into the same people. Most of them are vendors of some sort, capitalizing on the high traffic of tourist areas like major plazas and squares. These people go to great lengths to amuse tourists (and hopefully earn a euro or two). Two of them, middle aged Spanish women, throw on unicorn/goat costumes like blankets over their clothes and crouch down in the middle of La Plaza Mayor. The costumes are made of strips of shimmering confetti, [...]

Madrid was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by letsgoadmin

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