Solo in Madrid
Imagine you are about to do your first solo trip. You get off the plane, exhausted and hungry, and realize for the first time in your life you are alone in a country you have never been to. Luckily, you can speak the language, so that helps you have a sense of comfort.
But Madrid became the trip that taught me to truly enjoy time by myself. The independence you get from not feeling an obligation towards another person. Now there are many bloggers who have done solo travel, I know, I have read their tips. But experiencing it for the first time is something different.
I got to spend time wandering El Prado at my own pace and spending afternoons in El Parque De El Retiro with my kindle. One of my favorite experiences of my 5 weeks of travel was visiting Santiago Bernabeu Stadium by myself. I had churros con chocolate for breakfast and bocadillos at 10:30PM when I was hungry.
So here it is from me, Solo travel isn't for everyone. I personally very much enjoyed it, but I know many people who wouldn't like it. You have to be comfortable either being independent or learning along the way. I was lucky enough to have been put in contact with a friend of a friend to get lunch, I reached out to groups in meetup.com, and was happy to speak to whomever I felt comfortable with along the way. We are all different, and the most important part about traveling is having a sense of safety with yourself so you can enjoy the new experiences.
If you ever decide to see Madrid solo or not here are some of my favorite things to see & do:
- El Parque De El Retiro, the Crystal Palace, mazes, the lake. On a beautiful day there is just so much to see.
- Salamanca, considered the poshest neighborhood in Madrid. Take a walk, window-shop (or real shop) in the high end stores from abroad and from local designers. I personally just loved the architecture of the apartments, I would happily live there.
- The museums in Madrid are some of the best in the world. If you only want to visit one, El Prado is recommended by any local. Depending on your taste in art La Reina Sofia Museum is world famous.
- For the futbol fans, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is incredible. If you can't catch a match, the tour is still a great way to see a lot of things you wouldn't normally.