Sometimes, the most unexpected things are what makes you the happiest and this trip was one of those moments.
A low budget, two tickets and a cheap airbnb was all it took to make this week one to remember.
I asked one of my friends if she was down for an adventure and she said yes! I told her all about the cosy room I had found in a beautiful street in Madrid and the cheap airplane tickets and she became as excited as I had become about it.
The night before, I could not sleep as I was overwhelmed with excitement. We got to the airport at 5 in the morning and at 7AM we were flying over Portugal headed to Madrid. I was so excited since this was my first time on an airplane and my friend..not so much…fell asleep through the whole flight while I freaked out over everything.
Upon landing, we took a shuttle to Atocha and spent hours waiting in a nearby McDonald’s for the time to check in, in our new home for the next week. 1 PM hit the clock and there we were, getting lost in a beautiful city looking for our house. And when I say lost I really mean it…we must have asked a dozen people for directions using the little spanish we knew and the little english they knew but eventually found our place.
After resting for a while we decided to explore the surroundings and I took a few pictures. We were so lucky to have found a place in the centre of Madrid!
The next day we visited a beautiful park, the El Retiro Park, where we spent hours just admiring the beauty and breathing the fresh air.
After spending hours in that beautiful park we decided to explore a little more and visited a couple of stores near our house.
On Sunday, we went to the Reina Sofia Museum which is beautiful and my favourite in the two museums we visited. I always loved going to museums and after spending part of the year studying art in my History class, I found myself looking with more attention to details. I personally preferred Reina Sofia because it has more abstract art, which I always liked more. The exhibitions were amazing and the museum itself had a beautiful garden.
Afterwards we visited the Royal Botanical Garden and I don’t think there are enough words to describe how beautiful it is so I’ll leave you with a few pictures.
The next day we went to Puerta del Sol, one of the most famous and busiest squares in Madrid.
We also visited Puerta de Alcala that looks a lot like the Arc de Triomphe, it was beautiful.
On Wednesday we spent the day in Prado Museum, the most important museum in Spain. It was filled with tourists but it was absolutely breathtaking. So many galleries and so many works of art.
After hours in the museum, we hung out with some friends, that showed us around places we han’t visited.
Sadly, our trip came to an end the next day. At the end of the day we were flying home to Portugal with our hearts filled with love for this beautiful city and our minds filled with stories to tell.