2018 has been pretty successful for me thus far. I have been following most of my New Year’s resolutions – start yoga classes, meditate, continue learning languages, be more positive, give less f**ks about unimportant things.
As a family, Tony, Matilda and I are also making progress towards our family goals. These include traveling to Russia (leaving this week!) and saving for a property in Sicily (I am Pinterest-ing Italian tile like crazy!).
But what I have been sucking at is blogging. Whoops. For that I apologize.
Today’s blog is about my most recent trip to Madrid. Per usual, I was traveling for work and wasn’t sure what to expect upon arrival. I had heard many wonderful things about Madrid, but in my travels I have found that cities have their own personalities. With these cities, as in life, not all personalities are compatible. For example, I don’t mesh well with Barcelona, Dusseldorf, or Delhi. But I get along very well with Athens, Paris, and Salzburg. Where would Madrid fall?
I had less than 48 hours in the city but in that short amount of time, Madrid and I meshed very well. 🙂
What I first noticed on the drive in from the airport was all of the gorgeous sunshine. The sky didn’t have a single cloud in it, and I later learned this is pretty standard for Madrid. The majestic and historic looking buildings along Gran Via were all very clean; same with the sidewalks and streets. The people walking Gran Via were trendy and beautiful, but also approachable. The vibe was lively and talkative, yet relaxed. You could find both fancy and casually dressed people throughout. They were popping in and out of expensive stores, cheap stores, food stands and 5 star restaurants. Everything was next to each other, everything was calm, and everything was absolutely my speed.
I spent my only night in Madrid wandering Gran Via, the main street of Madrid. I took a lot of the back streets, and that is where I got to truly experience Madrid. These sights were coupled with the mixed smells of Spanish jamon, red wine, cigarettes and young boy’s cologne. I made sure to indulge in both the red wine and jamon, melting further into my seat with each savory bite.
I had less than 48 hours in Madrid, but I feel like I left having made a great friend. My short trip was extremely impactful and memorable, and I am already looking forward to returning.