My twin sister talked a lot about Spain – the friendly people and the wonderful art so I was naturally very excited to go to Spain. Not long after I a spent a week and a half in London and spontaneously booked a ticket to Madrid without any knowledge of it and no accommodation booked. A friend from Boston – Beau – whom I met from Sandemans London Tour was staying in Madrid at the time and was kind enough to meet me at the airport at night.
I was really grateful because I’m all alone and my travel buddy went to Belgium instead. We took the Metro to Sol which took about 30min to get to from the airport. Ticket fare wasn’t too bad, it was 2 euros I think and the Metro was quite comfortable, clean and looked rather new and spoke English and Spanish. Thank goodness!!
When we arrived at Puerta Del Sol, it was busy and everyone was pumped for a great night out. I was tired but Beau introduced me to his friend and we went out for some tapas, drinks and a bit of dancing. It was fun but at that time, I wasn’t really a night owl. If you’re in Spain, they have a different time.. it’s called “Spanish Time”. What this means is that people here don’t have lunch until 4pm and dinner at 10pm! In the morning it’s quiet and in the afternoon they have siesta time (they take naps and close the shops). It’s terrible, but in Madrid, it wasn’t too bad. Where I stayed was quite touristy so I didn’t noticed much besides the late nights……..
If you’re like me and decided to spontaneously go to a city/country you know little about, you can never go wrong with Sandemans free walking tours.
First thing in the morning I went straight to the man in the red uniform. My tour guide’s name is Ian and he can speak English and Spanish. The turn out was quite large but he managed us professionally. (FYI, there is a tourist information centre nearby of the waiting area.)
If you want to see more you got to go to Madrid! To be continued….