Hello to all of you reading this post!!!!
It’s been almost a year since I first stepped foot in Spain. My journey to get here was a good one, I started the New Year (2018) on a plane from Berlin, Germany to Madrid, Spain. I have to say that it was very interesting. At the airport in Berlin it was actually the first time that I saw so many women working as security in an airport, I don’t know if all the men requested the day off due to New Year’s celebrations or why there were so many women but it was a first for me at least. As usual everyone was nice, I haven’t really had any bad encounters while traveling, yes of course I have been in “dangerous” or “sketchy” situations especially as a solo traveler, but that will be a story for another post. On my arrival to Madrid I was very hungry, and my room in the hostel was not ready so I decided to walk around and find something to eat. I have to say that at this point I hadn’t slept for almost 24 hours, and hadn’t taken a shower. I found a cafe around the corner that was very busy, so I went in and had breakfast. I was surprised that there were a lot of thing open since it was January 1st. After having brunch I went back to the hostel, took a long nap, woke up, got ready and went out. The first time seeing or the beauty of Madrid was at night and I don’t know if it was because I was listening to the song “Perfect,” by Ed Sheeran but I fell in love with Madrid. It took my breath away, most of you who know me know that I love walking and the hostel I was staying in was centrally located so I walked everywhere in Madrid, literally everywhere except to the train station because I was running late.
During this trip I was decided to go run every morning to “Parque el Retiro,” I thought to myself how could would it be to say I went running there? I loved the idea. I stayed in Madrid a total of five nights, I only went running three mornings but I enjoyed every single one of them, each day was different. The first time I went there I didn’t get to walk around the whole place because I had more things planned for the rest of the day and didn’t want to get tired, the second day I even went to an art exhibition, the third day I decided to run around the whole park and let me tell you this: It was hard, I didn’t realize how huge this park was!!! I also went to the “Palacio de Cristal,” which is a palace that has crystal walls. So beautiful!!! I tried to go to a bakery every day after my run, I also fell in love with the bakeries there, I love food and missed a good bakery with a lot of variety. If you go to Spain don’t forget to eat at a bakery!
I can say that I went to most of all of the touristy places in Madrid, I even went to a mall. I walked so much! I was super happy, I walked during the day and at night and I have to say I loved it. Madrid looks special and beautiful at night, during the day it was also magical. I also have to mention that there were so many people everywhere, at points it was a little bit hectic, but I was able to manage. Madrid was wonderful, I did not expect that at the train station you had to go through security because in Germany and Italy, even Switzerland you didn’t so imagine me being super late, getting to the train station, not finding which gate I needed to go to, then finding it and realizing I still had to go through security, put my bags through the scanner, then realizing they actually have some doors that lead to your train and that they actually close them, however, I was barely on time, and they saw me running and did not leave 🙂 and people were so nice that they helped me get with my luggage (I had to remember all of you that I don’t travel light, I always have a big luggage and a carry on always heavy). The train was very nice, I loved everything about the train ride and the views.
P.S.: For one of the best sunsets or sunrises got to “Jardines del Templo de Debod,” such a romantic and stunning place, this temple was actually donated by the Egyptian government to Spain, this temple was originally located in Aswan, Egypt, however, due to the fact that it was flooded during nine months out of the year and other facts it was decided that the temple needed to find a new home.
Like I was mention here, if you have any questions about anything let me know. I am always happy to help with whatever I can.