It’s now been a week since I’ve been home from Spain and I can definitely say that I’m missing it already! My time spent in the laid-back city of Barcelona, to the more fast-paced style of Madrid, are all wonderful memories now. One thing I can say for sure is it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to see both cities while I was there. So, I’m thankful that the study abroad trip was split up during the week. For me, Barcelona and Madrid, while they have a lot of similarities, are also quite different. Barcelona was great because it seemed to have more of a laid-back vibe. There are parts of it that reminded me of when I lived in San Diego; maybe because it’s a coastal city. I really enjoyed the weather which I owe to being so close to the ocean. On the other hand, Barcelona still had that city vibe of Madrid, especially in the evenings.
So, after our four hour train ride to Madrid, the first thing I noticed was the sharp contrast of weather once I got off the train. The weather seemed to be a bit more humid than Barcelona which was expected since Madrid was more inland. Regardless, I noticed it had more of a metropolitan vibe and I was very excited to see what the city was all about. We did some more sight seeing while we were there, and ate at even more wonderful restaurants. There was one particular restaurant that I ate at which was my first time eating octopus. I can honestly say that eating octopus has never really been something that I’ve wanted to do, but since it was ordered and on our table, I said why not. Plus, I was actually amazed at how good it was. If I had to compare, it would be similar to calamari, but not as tough in texture.
After a few more days went by, my time in Spain eventually came to an end and I was once again packing up to head to the airport to fly back to the states. Part of me was excited to get back home, but there was another part of me that wanted to stay. So, after hours of flying I was finally home and couldn’t wait to sleep in my own bed again. In addition, I had a new job to start the following Monday, so that was also something I was excited about.
But, now that a week has gone by, I can honestly say I wish I could go back and spend some more time in Madrid. It was by far my favorite city out of the two I visited it and there was so much more I wanted to do and see. When I was asked why Madrid was my favorite, I couldn’t really explain it in words; I guess I was just attracted to the vibe of the city. It’s just something that you feel while you are there.
Hopefully, I will be able to go back and visit again someday soon. Until now, it’s back to work and back to finishing up my final year of college.