Exploring Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain is one of the largest populated cities in Spain with many immigrants, tourists, and Spaniards flocking towards this metropolitan area. One of the first things that I noticed about Madrid is its efficient subway, variety of museums, and entertainment all packed into this urban-city. I felt like I was in New York City in Europe. Even the subways were advanced and allowed me to explore the entire city without a car. The subway was even called Metro following the likes of cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Panama City, and Miami.

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Photo Courtesy of Madrid Metro.

It was crazy how modern this city is compared to other cities in Spain. It is definitely an international hub as people from all over the world reside here. I found myself on the main street, Gran Via. Also known as Spanish Broadway, this street is one of the most popular streets with nightlife in all of Europe (this street is a big deal!). Gran via has museums, shopping centers, art murals, and beautiful architect. I found my way to the Prado National Museum. There was so many beautiful paintings from artists from all over the world. My favorite paintings were those of Pablo Picasso as the museum has one of the largest Picasso collections.

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An evening on Gran Via in Madrid; photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

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Entrance to the Prado national Museum; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

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A Mural on Gran Via; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

While in Madrid, I made it my priority to see a bull fight. It was so entertaining and people celebrated like it was a Real Madrid football match (sorry FC Barcelona Football fans). I ordered a beer and found myself participating in the wave and signing Spanish chants. This was not your typical bull fight but an acrobatic bull fight. By the end of the match, the bull was not harmed at all. I highly recommend going to see a bull fight in Madrid to experience true Spanish culture among the locals.

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Bull Fighting Stadium in Madrid; Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

The architect in Madrid is astonishing. Almost every other building in Madrid has beautiful architect. One of the most beautiful building in Madrid is the Royal Palace of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family that is used only for ceremonies. This palace was so big that it takes up several blocks. I felt so special just being there.

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The Fountain of Cibeles at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

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Congress of Deputies in Madrid; Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Take a trip to the marvelous city of Madrid today!

 

Let’s Travel to Spain!

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The Spanish National Flag and its Naval Jack flag; Photo by Tony Polanco

Spain is a European country with rich culture, profound history, and many sites to see. It is also a backpacker’s fantasy with cities such as Madrid and Barcelona on everyones’ travel bucket list (If it’s not on your list, it should be.) Spain’s official language is Spanish but Spaniards are taught the languages of Basque, Galician, Catlan, and Aranese. The history behind these languages are very interesting, For example, Catalan is a mixture of French and Spanish as it is commonly spoken in Barcelona. Barcelona’s is located not too far from the French Border.

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Photo of Hills in Barcelona; Photo by Tony Polanco

Other interesting cities include Valladolid, Segovia, and Salamanca. Spain’s architecture is beyond amazing with examples shown in museums, cathedrals, aqueducts, and monuments.

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The entrance of the National Museum of Prado in Madrid

It is believed that the origin of the Spanish language originated in the region of Castillo Y Leon and therefore Spanish is referred to Castillian or Castellano in Spanish to track its linguistic roots. I visited Spain while in Study Abroad and it was amazing. I attended the Universitas Castellae located in Valladolid. Everyday I would visit the center of the city known as Plaza Mayor. It is here that Christopher Columbus was buried on May 20, 1506.

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The Statue of Christopher Columbus located in the Plaza Mayor of Valladolid.

It was very easy getting around Spain as they have access to buses, trains, and subways. The subway system in both Barcelona and Madrid were modern and competes with that of New York City. I must admit, I did get lost a few times but it was worth the adventure! So what’s stopping you from taking that trip to Spain?! You won’t regret it!

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An underground subway in Barcelona; Photo by Tony Polanco

Check out my travel video to see Spain’s beauty in all its glory. So what’s stopping you from taking that trip to Spain?! You won’t regret it!