I spent last weekend in Madrid. Disclaimer: Madrid is a huge city and if you decide to walk everywhere instead of taking public transportation your legs will hurt a lot. That’s right. Rather than spending a few euros every day to take the metro and figure out how that works, I decided to make the two-hour walk to the city center from my Airbnb each day that I was in Madrid. Granted, I wandered past some really cool buildings and neighborhoods that I would have missed if I would have taken the metro, but unless you are super fit and have lots of extra time, I would suggest taking public transport when visiting Madrid (or any foreign city for that matter). Like, I run 15 miles for fun and my legs were killing me halfway through the second day.
Anyway, in Madrid there are tons of huge, palace-like buildings everywhere and gorgeous fountains in their plazas every few blocks. There are also some pretty cool museums such as the Prado and Madrid has its very own Egyptian temple! During my time there I also took a day trip to Segovia, a nearby city with a giant roman aqueduct and a castle! The city of Segovia itself is very old-fashioned with tiled roofs and everything. It was a very cool sight and a must-see for anyone visiting Spain! I also had the opportunity to watch a bullfight while in Madrid. It was a really cool experience that I enjoyed watching, though it is not for the faint of heart—especially if you faint at the sight of blood. Anyway, Madrid was a great place to experience some real Spanish culture and practice my Spanish some more. I’ll be visiting Barcelona soon, so check back in a couple of weeks to read about that! ¡Hasta pronto!