First time in Madrid!

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Hey guys ☺ It’s been a while…

A crazy month for myself and probably for any college senior out there so it’s been a struggle to find time to update the blog. I’m trying to finish the endless amount of assignments I have to submit until the end of the semester along with enjoying my last months in Greece. Weather has been brilliant, which is another reason that has kept me in the streets rather than in front of my laptop, writing. I haven’t had time to share with you details from my last trip less than a week ago in Madrid, Spain. The purpose of this trip has in fact been a student leadership conference which I am going to tell you guys all about it in the next article because I learned many cool things that I want to share with you. As a first timer in Madrid, I simply wanted to share with you some of the pictures that I took around the city and tell you a little bit about my experience.

They say traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you rich and as cliché as it sounds, it’s true if you travel with an open mind. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit another beautiful city and learn more about a culture that is not familiar to me. When you are seeing new places, you realize how much beauty there is in this world and how differently people live in different parts of the world. This opens your mind to new horizons; in my case, the more I travel, the more I realize that I don’t belong anywhere. There is nothing wrong with that, we all belong to this planet and it’s up to us to see as much as we can in it in order to make choices about where we want to live our lives. Remember; you are not a tree. Just because you have been born somewhere, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend your life there. It’s wonderful to know that so much is out there and the environment you live is just a tiny, tiny part of the universe.

Diversity in Madrid is definitely another reason that inspired me to see the world from a larger scale since over there I met people from all over the world who were lucky enough to be living and studying or working there. They all considered Madrid to be already their ‘home’ and something that was quite extraordinary for me was that they all had learned Spanish and were speaking fluently. Hearing their stories and why they chose to be in Madrid was so inspiring to me; they were happy and loving it, you could tell from their faces. One of these people was my friend Marina, whom I was staying with and she has been studying there for a year now. I was lucky to have her because she is already a local and knows all the cool places. Madrid is the third biggest city in Europe and this probably gives you an idea of how much to see there is and how easily you can get lost because there are so, so many different areas. Marina made sure that I see the main hot-spots of the city along with some more unique, artsy spots not so central. Having somebody to show you around in a new city is really helpful; you avoid the crowds and see how locals live. But generally, Madrid did not seem like such a crowded city, only in the main tourist areas you could say it was lots of people.

First time I went in Spain; in Barcelona, I was so impressed with the architecture of the city, everything seemed like it was designed by Gaudi. Madrid just increased my love for Spanish architecture; every building is so tall and so detailed, to walk around the city you feel like you’re in a fairytale. You may realize that most of the pictures I’ve shared are buildings; 90% of my Madrid pictures are just beautiful buildings and I go back to them whenever I need some inspiration. Food was incredibly delicious in Madrid; they mostly eat tapas- which is small dishes or appetizers with your beer or sangria. You can get many of those, especially if you are with friends and you taste a little bit of everything, so yum ☺ Sangria, wines and beers are everywhere in all kinds of quality and price is pretty cheap.

I’m looking at the pictures now and I miss it so much, it was an amazing five days. Madrid is special, a piece of Europe with a Latin twist; warm and loving and beautiful people. I loved that it was relaxed; a little less than Greece but not intense and suffocating at all. I hope to visit more parts of Spain because I was told that it holds much more hidden beauty. It feels good to be back in Greece even though everything is hectic; I’m going with the flow this time and hope for the best. So many beautiful things are happening around me and I’m loving every minute of it.
I’ll stress for the rest when time comes ;)

Photographed by Blertina Shabani

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