Why I keep going back to Madrid

It’s been forever since last time I wrote anything on here. The good news is it looks like I still have readers! So here I go again.

I am back in Spain after just seven months and it feels as though I never left. I’ve been here for two weeks now. I flew here on New Year’s Day and settled in Madrid, once again, though this time I think I’ll be here for just less than three months.

Madrid on Christmas

The thing about Madrid is you live here once, you come back twice…or TRICE! (As Conan would say.) You just keep coming back. As much as I dislike the way certain things work in Spain, it is undeniably a great place to be. It’s almost stress-free for those used to the hectic life in the US. So I couldn’t say no to my boyfriend when he said that “we should go back.”

This time, I’m in a different part of Madrid, near the neighborhood of La Latina and Prícipe Pío. It’s a much quieter area compared to Ronda de Atocha, steps away from the train station Aotocha Renfe, and where I used to live before. It was nice stepping out of the door and being right there, where the “action” was. But the area where I’m staying now is not too bad either. It has its nice little encantos, like fruit shops, bakeries, the typical local bars, a big gym, and the mall Prícipe Pío is within walking distance!

Principe Pio

Principe Pio

Transportation around here is great also. But then again, it is one of the greatest things about Spain no matter the city. It is easy to get to and from places. My nearest metro lines are 6 and 10 and they connect to pretty much all the lines. There are a number of bus lines and connections of all sorts, as well, and taxis everywhere for speedy preferences.

It’s nice to be back. I like the fact that I came back just in time for rebajas (sales) which last until the end of February in most stores of Madrid. (Check out favorite places to shop in Spain) It’s a great time to shop! Also, next week, January 19, 2013, is the Madrid Gastrofestival—a culinary festival that is celebrated every year. There will be art, food, and wine… Can’t miss it!

One thing is for sure though; I prefer Madrid in the summer. Actually, I prefer any city in the summer! I was pleased with the weather when I walked out of the airport the first day as it was much warmer than it had been in Philadelphia. But that changed quickly because the following days it got very cold. Last summer was too hot. Now it’s too cold. The good thing is that it’s still Madrid, and it’s worth it.


One Year Anniversary

It’s been a year since I started writing Vado a Spain (which by the way has a new look today!) So, happy 1st year anniversary to it! 🙂

I don’t update this blog as often as I should, but I enjoy writing my posts when I do. It’s provided a lot of people with information, people who are normally world travelers, students and Auxiliares de Conversación (language and culture assistants). I think it’s important to share what we know, as long as it helps people in a positive way. Undoubtedly, this blog will also help me refresh my memories of time spent in Spain (which was the original reason for creating it) as I move on in life.

To celebrate my one year, here are some of my personal favorite archives. Read on and happy blogging!

Visa to Spain

A Teacher’s Work

Los Burócratas (Bureaucrats)

Que Difícil es Hablar el Español (Video)

My 2011 Christmas

What Customer Service?

The Bank You Should Avoid in Spain

Italy: an Adventure to Remember

Mi Aventura Parisienne

What I Have Learned, What I will Miss

Being Back in the States

Well HELLO my readers!

It’s been a week since I returned to the United States from Spain and so far it has been great. I miss my short-lived life in Spain at times, like the other day sitting outside at a restaurant here in Philadelphia and it was so quiet. I guess I was getting used to the casual alborotos (uproar) of bars and restaurants in Spain. I miss seeing the beautiful architecture, and most of all, I miss the inexpensive way of living!

But there are also times when I totally enjoy being back, like the other day when I walked into a cell phone company to get my service re-stored and it took the representative about five minutes to complete everything and send me out the door. I was like, wow, that was fast! Has it always been this fast? And just yesterday, when I went to a CVS pharmacy—for the first time since I’m back—and I was ready to stand in line when I spotted a sign that read “Self-Check-out.”  I remember this! In and out, I was. Feels good to be back.

There’s a list of things that I forgot about, it’s so funny. You may think you weren’t even gone for that long and that you’re just going to pick up where you left of, but turns out the world has changed a whole lot since you’ve been gone. I will talk more about that later…

This note is actually to say thank you for following me on my adventure! I spent a total of 286 days in Spain (I counted it), not 280 as I thought I would. (That’s six more days of glory!) Also, I realized that I haven’t written about my trip to Oviedo, Santander and Bilbao, Valladolid and my time living in Madrid, which happened in my last month in Spain. I will write a little bit about my experience on here, but for the next few days I will focus on detailing everything I have posted on Vado a Spain plus a load of new information in a different kind of form:

I am writing an eBook.

English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de...

There’s a whole lot more information that I feel I can pass on, information that others can benefit from, too. If you notice, there’s not enough information about hotels, hostels, restaurants, food of places I visited in Spain, airlines, the Auxiliares program, etc. And Lord knows I have a lot to say about that. That in part is due to 1) lack of time and 2) I didn’t want to make my posts so long (which might’ve turned boring) and send the readers to the next click! 🙂 So, I thought, hey let this be my first eBook (the first of a couple other projects I’m working on). Hopefully, I will be able to provide free copies of my travel book to the readers of this blog, but for now I’m still working on it and can’t wait to get it out to a broader audience!

This blog is still going to be here because I will keep traveling; not necessarily to Spain, but I will keep traveling and I will keep writing. I have enjoyed it a ton!

Some of your questions and comments have inspired and helped me, so I’d love some feedback; what you’ve enjoyed about Spain, what you’d like me to include in my book…I don’t want to forget anything!

Thank you all.

¡Hasta luego!

Madrid and Ciudad Real

Can’t believe I’m almost three weeks in already! (Only one week in the program though.) So far I haven’t taken too many pictures because I had to spend the first two weeks searching for apartments and settling in. But now things are returning to normal, and I shall start — or resume — traveling. Can’t wait to try the restaurants!

Anyway, here are just a few pictures I have taken on my way to places.