I boarded a bus last Thursday at 3pm for a mini getaway to visit mi mejor amiga en Madrid, Angelica and to (finally) see Madrid. My first 2 days in Spain were spent in Madrid, delirious and taking care of essentials- getting money, buying a phone, figuring out the metro, going to the train and bus station to buy a ticket to Almeria, getting lost, and relaxing in the famous park. My impressions of the city, well, let’s just say, I was ready to write it off. Angelica adores Madrid, she can’t get enough of Madrid and until this weekend, I didn’t get it.
Ah. the difference of exploring a city with a friend who knows good spots, having no expectations and just giving it a chance!
I arrived thursday night at 10 pm and we relaxed so we would have energy to being our Friday at Banos Arabes! Very relaxing. I felt spoiled! Banos Arabes are definitely worth the 1.5 hr. Yet I have to admit, I prefer the baths in Almeria even more. The company in Almeria is more modern, more spacious, have a few more baths and the sauna smells like Eucalyptus.
We passed by the Plaza Mayor and took photos of the randomness in the plaza:
We were hungry so we made our way to the Museo de Jamon (a butcher shop and standing cafe) with 1 Euro items on the menu! I ordered a cafe con leche and a bocadillo de Chorizo (spicy salami sandwich)
We were full but then found ourselves in El Mercado de San Miguel. I wanted to eat everything but I just admired everything instead (longing to come back on an empty stomach!)
My visit to Madrid would not be complete with out a visit to Chocolateria San Gines, famous for Churros (long, slender doughnuts) and thick chocolate (and powered sugar too, if you wish)
Then I relaxed for a bit while Angelica taught a private class. Then I met up with a gal named Lauren, who writes a wonderful blog about all things de Espana. It’s a great resource if you’re living in Spain, planning a visit or simply love food!
By chance, I found out there was a Flamenco show at El Cortijo Restaurante, thanks to a Event posting on Couchsurfing. It was incredible. It was free to enter. You had to reserve a table and spend 10 Euros minimum on food and drink. That’s it? No problem. (turns out one of the CS’ers was a dancer) Typically, watching Flamenco in Madrid is expensive and there are various opinions on “how true” the Flamenco is since it’s origins are in Sevilla.
I was impressed and while watching, told myself, You’re going to find a place in Roquetas or Almeria to take lessons! Flamenco is a musical art form as well as a dance form. (If I figure out how to load videos to my blog, I’ll post them here)!
What do you love about Madrid? What are your favorite foods to eat/Places to eat? Where are your favorite places to visit in Madrid?
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