the place to be

My road to Andalucía passed through Madrid, where our plane landed, so we took good use of this chance by deciding to stay for 2 nights and see a bit of the capital of Spain.

I have to say I simply loved it. I don’t know if it was just because we mainly walked through the beautiful city center, with stone paved clean streets, pretty green trees and stylish buildings, but I was pleasantly surprised by this city and wished I could have stayed for at least a few more days. We stayed at the cutest apartment ever, a 3-beds room with bathroom in a hostel at the 2nd floor of an old building (Hostal Villamañez, I recommend it wholeheartedly), at an unexpectedly good price, right in the old city center, with a small balcony with cute view of the narrowish street (image above).

We basically had only one full day to spend in Madrid, that being Saturday. On Friday night, after the arrival, we walked past the amazing old buildings from the hostel’s neighbourhood and entered a sort of pub where we ate amazing food and  enjoyed a delicious Sangria. Saturday we walked all day long, trying to visit as many interesting places as we could. And we did see a lot of great stuff for just one day. Sunday brought another pleasant surprise – after hurrying to the bus stop and arriving 2 hours earlier, we had a nice breakfast with café con leche at one of the the bus station’s restaurants. BUS STATION! Like a train station or even airport! Extremely well equipped, with information points, platforms and ticket offices for each of the companies, restaurants, bars, toilettes, screens with arrivals and departures, everything so well connected and the buses were pretty new and even had wifi. In what sort of 3rd world country have I lived until now?!?!

I only wish I had stayed more in Madrid… I feel there is more about it than just the slight glimpse I had of this fancy city. And another thing I liked, beside people’s fashionable clothing, is their Spanish – I could actually understand every word they said, unlike Sevilla, where everyone talks unbelievably fast and shortens words, even whole sentences.

Yes, I have finally arrived in Sevilla, my new home for the upcoming months. ♥

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