From one city to another…
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.