This post was drafted a few days ago In a desperate bid to try and distract myself from the upcoming events this week (my cousin is coming to Dubai, followed by a layover in Sydney where one of my very best friends is flying to meet me), I’ll share my experience of Madrid with you all!
The flight was quite a challenge, more so than I had thought! It was fairly long, with two full meal services and although the customers were hilarious and very nice, they all wanted about six drinks each, which kept us on our toes! At least the time passed quickly, and then we were in Madrid! One of the crew I had actually flown to SYD-AKL with on my previous flight was on the trip, and although we didn’t hang out (her boyfriend is in Spain), she gave me an excellent list of things to see/ do/ eat and I was excited to try them out. I befriended another crew from Business Class, and seeing as we were the only two who hadn’t yet been to the capital of Spain, we arranged to meet up and explore.
Laura and I caught the metro (the “Tiffany Blue Line” was how I was able to find our way through the system) to the Sol station, right in the centre of Madrid. It was raining when we arrived, so naturally we took cover in the closest building we could find…ZARA 😀 After some looking around, we found the Museo de Jamon the “Ham Museum” which is a nice restaurant that sells cured meats and all of the Spanish fare (paella, sangria, omelette, ect) but for a fairly touristy price, which we’ll keep in mind for next time.
To add to the atmosphere, there was a huge Liverpool army of fans chanting because there was a match on the following day in Madrid. Pretty amusing 😉
After our snack, we went to find more snacks at the Mercado San Miguel. This is quite possibly the equivalent to the Disneyland of food. Not that I have had the pleasure of visiting the happiest place on earth yet, but I can imagine! It is a gourmet market filled with various stalls of cheese, olives, tapas, calamari, shredded fish, fruit, sushi, sweets, cocktails…everything!
For three euros you can have 3 tapas and a glass of wine. It was great! We were so full after that we walked off our food in the rain, bought matching ponchos and then finished up the evening with more shopping. I was in bed, asleep by 9pm and it was great 😀 The next morning I braved the cold for some food shopping for the girls and I. 20 euro bought me some jamon y queso, omelette, gazpacho, paella mix, chorizo and the best sangria so far, better than Barcelona! (Read all about the previous adventures from my 2x trips to Barcelona here!) I also got some snacks for the flight back which were amazing 😀 munchies officially eradicated!
Needless to say, my friends were very happy when I cooked dinner upon my return 😀 Next post up will be, *drumroll, please* the Big Apple, aka NYC!! x