Madrid’s Best Bits!

Madrid’s Best Bits!

From one city to another…

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My bank holiday involved a 4 day weekend away in Madrid, Spain with my sister which was AMAZING! I mean, where do I even start?

First of all, the weather was gorgeous – quite hot probably an average of 28 degrees which is heatwave weather here in the UK but it wasn’t humid and was easier to handle (if you have survived a UK heatwave, you know what I mean). I had to travel alone as my sister was already there for a work conference and I had to use Spain’s public transport system to get to the hotel – a very daunting experience indeed and I know about as much Spanish as a retired couple in Benidorm so communication was definitely an issue but not a huge one plus it did motivate me to maybe learn Spanish as a second language in the near future.

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So I land and feeling a bit out of it but is forced to go to conference dinner with my sister where I was amongst world-class researchers and professors – none of the names or studies rung a bell (surprise, surprise) but at least the food (or lack thereof) was decent. The whole fine dining situation was a totally new experience for me so the portion sizes came as a problem to me and why guests needed both red wine and champagne glasses on the table at one time slightly baffled me. Excuse me and my lower class standards but if anybody is familiar with this lifestyle please care to explain?

Conference Dinner settings

Conference Dinner settings (Taken from my Snapchat)

The next day was quite relaxed. We woke up, ate breakfast at a small cafe around the corner from our hotel room. I wasn’t quite familiar with what the Spanish people usually eat for breakfast and was too scared to ask so I let my sister do most of the talking but we were served with quite a filling breakfast along with a cake (strawberry cheesecake), fruit salad and freshly squeezed orange juice. I don’t think I ate until late in the evening after that meal. Later in the day, we took a small walk around town then found ourselves stuck in the torrential rain for about 30 minutes – I knew from that point it was time to retreat to the hotel until further notice.

Breakfast in Madrid

Breakfast in Madrid

Later that night after watching Real Madrid be crowned Champions League title winners for the eleventh time, we headed out for a quick dinner at Caffe del Arte which ended up being our main go-to venue for food.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

The remainder of the holiday mainly involved tourist activities. We took part in a FREE walking tour where we learnt about the history behind Plaza de Mayor and the Palacio Real (Royal Palace of Madrid). We also visited Madrid’s Botanical Gardens which I would highly recommend you all visit but if you suffer from hayfever like I do, make sure you got it under control before entering. I’m not really a massive fan of flowers but I couldn’t resist taking a pic or 100+ of the flowers.

Unedited photos taken at Madrid's Botanical Gardens

Unedited photos taken at Madrid’s Botanical Gardens

Steak and Burger

Jack Burger at SteakBurger

Obviously, I couldn’t leave without having a burger so we went to an American style restaurant called SteakBurger. The service was pretty slow considering they were not that busy but I was overall satisfied with my final meal of the holiday. I ordered a Jack Burger which is a standard burger with bacon, Monterey jack cheese, bourbon sauce  along with chips and more onion rings as a side and a frozen mango flavoured daiquiri.
More onion rings

More onion rings

If anybody knows me well,  they will be fully aware that I love cocktails so there was no way I was leaving without an alcoholic beverage haha. Unfortunately, my time in the sun had to come to an end. It was time to fly back to London Luton and there’s really no place like home  when you come back to typical UK weather: rain and grey clouds *cries internally*. And to make matters worse, I brought a Halloumi & Roast Pepper focaccia from Costa before heading home, only to wake up the next day with a stomach ache 🙁 so guess who won’t be a Costa anytime soon?
Frozen Mango Daiquiri at STEAKBURGER

Frozen Mango Daiquiri at STEAKBURGER

Overall, I am definitely planning to go back sometime and probably do some more shopping and eat at more Spanish restaurants. The weather was lovely for most of the trip, the prices are pretty decent for the quality offered and the guys are hot but that’s a topic for another day.

Next up: AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

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