Day Five & Six: Madrid, Spain

After an eight hour coach ride with a hang over and a stop at Zaragoza, we made it to Madrid in one piece and completely exhausted. Who knew it would be more tiring sitting in an air conditioned coach compared to walking for a whole day.

We made the most of our free day in Madrid by starting early with a quick driving tour that stopped at the Debod Temple and the Santiago Bernabéu stadium for a quick photo. We continued our cultural day with a visit to Museo del Prado to see some of their exhibitions and then to Reina Sofia to see Picasso’s Guernica as well as rested our feet in their garden terrace. Compared to the two, I really enjoyed Reina Sofia. The building itself is well designed and seeing Guernica in real life was just amazing. The painting depicts the bombing in Guernica, Spain in 1936 during the Spanish civil war and the way that Picasso depicted the event via surrealism is intriguing and thought-provoking.

Normally, two museums in a day would have been plenty but as we only had one full day in Madrid, we made our way to the Royal Palace in the blazing heat. The palace has a total of 3418 rooms and it is an extreme example of excessiveness. The rooms are decorated with large chandeliers, frescos and gold detailing throughout the walls. We weren’t allowed to take any photos inside, but do have a search online to have a look.

After our eventful cultural day, we went out for dinner and a pub crawl that ended with entry to the mega club, Kapital. It has a total of seven stories, each one with something different to offer. It was an entertaining night, but whoever decided to put in several flights of stairs in a club is not the smartest. We were lucky that none of us took a tumble.

One and a half day is nowhere near enough to see this beautiful city. Our full day in Madrid was rather rushed and there were still so many things to see and do, such as visiting the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art and relaxing at Plaza Mayor. I guess it’s my excuse to come back again!

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