Ok so I’m pulling your leg with the whole living like “royalty” in Madrid, totally stayed in a cheap hostel, ate cheap meals, and did free activities (thank you tarjeta de extranjera!).
BUT THIS IS THE REASON WHY I FELT LIKE ROYALTY:
http://vimeo.com/63111221 (Click on the link…and feel free to check out the other videos from the concert as well)
That is correct, I got to see Mumford and Sons in concert while in Madrid. BOO YA!
Literally this concert was one of the best I have been to. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be able to see them. When I told all of my co-workers at school that I was seeing this group I got blank stares and “Que?”…so really that tells you how NOT popular they are in Spain.
After that excitement was over, we explored Madrid.
Our first stop was the Riena Sofia Art museum, the contemporary art museum for Spanish artists. It is home to Picasso and Dalí’s artwork. My favorite part is that it houses Picasso’s Guernica, which represents life during Franco’s rule…don’t worry I won’t launch into that again, but you can see it’s a pretty dark painting.
Our next stop, of course, was Plaza Mayor. The local hang out spot for Spaniards.
Fun facts about this plaza:
-It has had about a dozen different names in the past.
-The plaza was home to bull fights.
-During the Spanish Inquisition, prisoners condemned to death were put on trial and executed in this plaza.
-Most importantly you can feast on this amazing sandwich:
The next important stop in Madrid is the Mercado de San Miguel. It’s an indoor food market (kind of similar to the one we went to in Barcelona, but classier), where little restaurants and bars serve different types of food. All of the stalls look delicious. To say we stuffed ourselves full is an understatement…we literally had NO self control.
Once we literally couldn’t eaten any more, and enough people saw how American we were, we headed to the Royal Palace.
Some other great and interesting sites we saw:
Although our trip to Madrid was short, I am not too worried because I will heading back there when my friends come to visit in May! So then I will give you the FULL tourist blog that you all are waiting for. What’s next? Our day trip to the BEAUTIFUL Salamanca!