My first impression of Madrid was not the best. I’d been under the weather for a few days, so when we walked down Calle Fuencarral on a Saturday night I was more than a bit overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe how many people were there, and that was just the beginning. We were meeting friends and they’d decided that we meet at Fuencarral and Grand Via – quite possibly the busiest intersection in Madrid. Everywhere you turned there were hoards of people.
All I could think was: what have you done?!
I will fully admit that judging Madrid based on its busiest street on it’s busiest night wasn’t the best, but that’s what happened. Over the next few days, we walked the same route and as I became more familiar with it (and started to get over whatever was ailing me) I started to feel more comfortable and could appreciate all that Madrid had to offer.
By day three I was in love with our new city: the sights, the architecture, the parks; I couldn’t get enough. Not only is Madrid aesthetically pleasing, but it feels very safe and clean!
My love for the city only increased when we spent an afternoon on the hop-on, hop-off bus. Now, I know hop-on, hop-off buses are insanely nerdy and for old people, but I don’t care, I LOVE them! As an honorary senior citizen, I am right at home on a hop-on, hop-off tour. Cruising around by bus is my favourite way to get to know the sights and sounds of a new city. After a tour of the route(s) I generally have a good sense of where I want to explore and avoid. This hop-on, hop-off tour of Madrid was no different; we spent 2+ hours zipping around the city and by the end of it I had a mental list of places to revisit that was a kilometre long!
So far, I have absolutely no regrets about moving across the pond (but really, when you don’t have to wear a coat in November, what’s not to love?!)
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