I left Madrid with mixed feelings.
It is a city filled with history and culture while holding the economic and political power of Spain. I miss being able to walk across different blocks of a city knowing that somehow I will run into a museum of art, a lively plaza, or simply a unique coffee shop. On my last night in Madrid, I went to a homemade ice cream shop and walked into a spontaneous jazz concert next door. It was an incredible experience; I got to observe local people take turns to perform and talk about the music. While I was listening to the performance, the memories of my six-weeks experience in Madrid replayed in my head as if I was living in a movie with the jazz music score playing in the background.
From the first morning when I struggled to navigate the metro system, to the beautiful sunset at Retiro Park, to the awe-inspiring Museum of Romanticism, everything comes together in my head like a nebulous yet remarkable déjà vu. I’m pretty sure this is a way for Madrid to remind me to come back and to pass on the words about the magic that it holds.
While I was sad to go home, I couldn’t wait to tell others about Madrid. So here are a few moments that I captured with my camera, which don’t do the whole experience justice, but it’s enough for you to get an idea of how many things you can do in Madrid.
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