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Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Welcome to the new travel section of my blog! Traveling is one of my passions, so I’m super pumped about this! I cannot wait to share my adventures with you, and I hope one day you will be able to share your experiences with me! My most recent travels led me to Madrid, Spain. Me encanta mucho (I love it so much)! Here are a few of my favorite Spanish things:

Churches

There were sooo many churches in Madrid and they were all so beautiful! In my “Come fly with me” post, I mentioned that I wanted to make Jesus the center of my life and most of the time that doesn’t happen when I’m traveling.  Well, get out the way Satan, because I was able to go to Daily Mass every single day of the trip.  I used the Mass Times website to find, well, Mass times.  Mass was celebrated what seemed like every hour of the day (me encanta)!  It was definitely nice to have backups to the backups just in case I missed one or couldn’t find my way. 

Catedral de la Almudena || San Antonio de los Alemanes || Parroquia de San Jose

Meals

When in Spain, do what the locals do. And what they do is eat for a very long time.  I love this about their culture.  They’re not in a rush.  They’re not thinking about the next thing, and if they are, they’re not showing it because they’ve been at lunch for three hours. These stretched out meals helped me to live in the present, engage in conversation with the people around me, and truly enjoy my meal. My favorite place was the Mercado de San Miguel, a super cute little market, which consisted of different stations with all types of Spanish foods.  It’s a great place to be adventurous and like a local. 

Mercado de San Miguel || Chocolateria San Gines || Taberna Bodegas Ricla

Shops

There were so many cute shops in Madrid.  I love shopping in other countries because I get a chance to find my authentic self in a different culture’s style.  I get to mix my style with a little bit of theirs to get something fresh.  Also, it’s fun to have some clothing that no one else will have. For those of you who are familiar with the brand Zara, the largest store is in Madrid, so obliviously I had to go.  It was a two mile walk, but so worth it.  My roomie, Sally, called it our pilgrimage to Zara (lol). Zara has a little more of an edgier style, but I found some items that fit my not so edgy style.  Below are links to my top shops in Madrid! Can’t wait to share my fresh finds with you!

Zara || Mulaya || Kling || Oysho

Flamenco

The first night in Madrid, I went to a flamenco bar. I, once again, practiced my favorite quote by Pope Benedict XVI that night, when I was dragged on stage by my waitress to flamenco on stage. Don’t get me wrong, I love to dance; I’m more of a corner dancer rather than an on stage performer though. It was definitely uncomfortable, but now a good mem (pic or it didn't happen- see below).  I would say there were many other opportunities to live out this quote on this trip and traveling in general.  That’s probably why I love traveling so much!

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Thank you for reading! If you have any questions about any of these places, please feel free to leave a comment! Or if you have been to Madrid, feel free to share your mems! I would love to hear from you! My very Spanish outfit includes a red skirt from Express, a black and white top from H&M, a black shawl, and Jessica Simpson ballet flats, which make me feel like a ballerina (childhood dream, actually still one of my dreams).  Get a similar look below!

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