WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE // Madrid, Spain

I am not quite sure how Chris and I managed to remain human yesterday, after our less than stellar night of sleep at the airport. I will put our survival down to cheap coffee, tapas and red wine.

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Apparently we have arrived in Madrid for some of the coldest days of the year. This was devastating to Chris and my dreams of sunny Spain, but such is life. We spent the morning looking around a flea market, before checking out a contemporary art museum (EU student cards again providing us with free entry)! It was quite interesting, with some works from famous artists such as Dali and Picasso.

We decided to start looking for lunch at 12, but apparently this is far too early for Spain! Everything was closed until 1, but eventually we managed to find a place opening at 12:30. For 10.50 euros we received a huge starter, a main, a beer and dessert.

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In the afternoon we joined a Sandemans tour and walked around the city. I really don’t know much about Spain, so it was fascinating to learn about it’s history. Above is the oldest restaurant in the world!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Below is the palace, which looks very similar to Versailles.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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That night we went on Sandemans tapas experience, which was fantastic! We went to three different tapas bars, each representing a different region of Spain. Subsequently, we got to try a drink and tapas from each region. In the second bar we even got to drink red wine out of a traditional wine skin. It actually wasn’t as tricky as it looks! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the history of tapas, which made for a wonderful tour.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe are off for more sightseeing today, and undoubtedly more tapas! Apparently tapas come for free with your drink here in Madrid, which is quite different to the fancy tapas restaurants at home.

– Reanna.

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