A few days ago I had to go to Madrid for a job interview.
Madrid is about 700 Km from Girona, but since a couple years ago we have a high velocity train that can get you there in four hours. Even so, to be there around 11am, and safely get to the interview in time I had to catch a really early train. And so I decided to go the day before, this way I would be more relaxed and rested for the interview, and I also got to do some visiting.
Although technically I had already been in Madrid two times, I can assure you it was like I had never been there. The first time I went it was in a high school trip when I was sixteen, during which I was so distracted with my friends I almost don’t remember anything of the city. And the second, about a month ago, when I went there for work, but this time I did not even get to see anything because I they kept me busy all the time.
This is the first time I have done tourism on my own… I was a bit excited about it, as I think is always good to try new things. And a two day trip was perfect to have a small peak on travelling alone. And what I have found out from this small taste is that visiting alone is not precisely my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun, and for sure that next time I have to travel alone for work or stuff like that I’ll do the same thing and try to do some tourism on my own. But I have seen I like better travelling accompanied. I was all the time sending pictures though whatsapp to my boyfriend and my brother and sister. And I think it is because I like sharing the experiences, giving opinions on everything I see… I guess I am the sharing type… 🙂
So here you have a few pictures from my day rambling around Madrid… Sorry about the quality, they were taken with the phone. 🙂
This first picture was taken on the gardens next to the Royal Palace.
La catedral de la Almudena.
I loved the signs for the street’s names…
This market, called Mercado de San Miguel, wasn’t a common market, the stalls instead of raw vegetables and groceries, sold tapas, beers and cups of wine that people had standing up or seated on some stools scattered around..
The ambiance inside was amazing…
I asked to be taken a picture on the Plaza Real… obviously a perk of visiting alone is I don’t have my personal photographer (a.k.a. my boyfriend Sergi) with me 😉
Of course I walked by Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s most famous spot.
The receptionist on my hotel had recommended me to get into the El Corte Inglés (a mall chain that is very famous in Spain) in Gran Via and get up to the ninth floor where there are various bars from which you get this amazing views of Madrid city center.
One of the things I liked the most was the several pedestrian streets there are in the centre, very pleasant to walk by and filled with tourists and locals alike.
La plaza de Santa Ana.
The second day, after the interview I had three hours left to wait for my train and since the train station was very close to the Parque del Retiro I even got to see the park. The funny thing is that I was already carrying my suitcase (small one of course), and dressed up in my interview clothes so I guess must have been looking quite crazy strolling along the park like that. 😀
This last pic is inside the Atocha train station, where to my surprise there was this kind of “jungle” with like a thousand turtles!!
All in all a great trip, and a nice experience! I am now crossing my fingers while waiting to know about the interview… but if I don’t get the job, we’ll at least the trip will have been worth it 😉
Have you ever travelled alone? Did you like it? I would love to know you thoughts about it…