So that was Madrid…

Five days, four nights, lots of fun. Madrid is as cool as I’d imagined, and I’m certainly glad I took the time to visit. Hannah and I had a really good break, seeing lots of sights (the Plazas are beautiful!), drinking lots and lots of café con leche (desnatada, por favor), and also being exceedingly lazy!

It was just the break I needed, and it was a totally different to the pace of life here. Here I have a fairly hectic lifestyle (heheh, usually….tonight I’m writing this curled up in front of a movie sipping tea!) in a very sleepy rural environment….conversely in Madrid I had a much more relaxed time of things, but in this crazy urban sprawl. You know how they say New York is the city that never sleeps? Well Madrid would have to be the city that never shuts up! I had heard about it’s noisiness beforehand, but it really is extreme. 3 a.m. and you’ve got people shouting, rubbish being collected, whistles being blown, and car horns (always with the car horns!).

It was also a headtrip being in a country where I spoke none of the language – previous visits have been to the US or Canada, or France or Germany, all of which speak languages I know / have studied / grew up among. Spanish, however, was pretty much an unknown quantity! I was fairly good at picking it up though, and the Madrilenos were so tolerant of my amateurish efforts! Hannah and I even managed a whole musical in Spanish – guess who came back with the soundtrack to Jesuchristo Superstar in her luggage?

It was really good fun, and now I just have to decide which city to do next… Rome, Dublin, Berlin and New York are all near the top of the list… I might do Dublin next term – but don’t let me kiss the Blarney stone, please – can you imagine a more talkative me?

Cxx
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6 comments:

  1. Go to Rome. You won't regret it.

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  2. Oh what I wouldn't give for some relaxation right about now. Good to hear that you enjoyed yourself!

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  3. I loved Ireland, and I did kiss the Blarney stone, which in my case as well, is pretty unnecessary.

    Glad that Madrid was so much fun. I love travelling. I need to do it more often.

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  4. Glad you had a good time. Dublin will be great.

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  5. New York would be good for shopping! I loved your photos on facebook :)

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  6. You could follow Leonard Cohen's advice and take Manhattan first, then Berlin....I believe that song was called "First We'll Take Manhattan."

    I will vote for Dublin, certainly. But I hope you consider seeing Copenhagen in the first two weeks of August some year. THAT is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

    I'm going to Edinburgh in late September. Woop woop!
    -cK

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