Before I went to Paris I had two other people visit me; first was my lovely friend Danyal, who I met during my semester abroad in Minnesota (Read about my semester abroad here!). She was studying abroad in London while I was in Madrid and I am so glad we got to see each other again after so long and happy that she got to visit other parts of Europe. It was so much fun, we partied in VIP with Spanish basketball players, we also visited the Royal Palace, went on a cable car ride, ate some churros con chocolate and did some karaoke.
The other person that came was my Mum! I was so happy for her to visit me and be in Spain for the first time. I really wanted her to have a great time so we tried to do something everyday. We did a bit of shopping, ate out in authentic Spanish restaurants, bowling, visited tourist attractions, museums and we went to some other parts of Madrid and tried Senegalese food for the first time. My mum also made Jollof rice and roast lamb during her visit; it was soo good having a taste of home. She had a great time despite the bad weather but was it was really nice to spend time with my mum.
After my return from Paris I had the last couple of weeks of class and presentations, celebrated friends’ Birthdays’, visited Madrid’s Christmas market in Plaza Mayor (which wasn’t that interesting) and spent time with the people before heading back to London.
My time in Madrid was a whirlwind of experiences which I will never forget. Time moved so fast, and once again another four months of study abroad came to an end in December. It’s always a bittersweet feeling returning home after travelling, but the memories and great people is what I cherish the most. If I had one word to describe my 4 months in Madrid it would definitely be crazy! I met amazing people and made some life long friends, I can honestly say that living in Madrid has been one of my favourite experiences in life so far.
A few weeks ago I had my lovely friends come and visit me in Madrid for a long weekend. I was so happy to see them and glad they had a chance to see Madrid. We made sure to have a weekend filled with going out and being tourists. The girls arrived quite late due to delays so on the first night we chilled at my apartment and had an early night ready for the next days activities. We decided to book an apartment for one night in Gran Via, which is in the centre of Madrid, so that we could enjoy what the city had to offer and skip the 45-60 minute journey back to Villaviciosa.
The next day we did a bit of shopping, went for dinner and with the help of google maps, headed to the apartment to collect the key and make the payment. We walked about 5 minutes to the actual apartment and the guy gave us a quick tour then left. What we thought was going to be a fun night in the centre of Madrid ended up being a nightmare! (It was so bad that I am going to do a separate post about what went down – ‘Learning things the hard way!‘ ).
The morning after the nightmare we went to a café and decided that we needed to do something to make up for the horrible night before. After some deliberation we came up with go karting! All but one hadn’t been go karting before so we were all excited and ready to try and forget the craziness that happened a few hours prior. We hopped on the metro and made our way to Carlos Sainz Centre. We were lucky to go at the time we did, because we had the track to ourselves for the first race and then a couple of guys joined in on the next race. We all loved it so much, it was definitely an adrenaline rush as I’ve never driven so fast before. I ended up getting a bit carried away at one point and instead of breaking, I still had my foot on the accelerator and ended up crashing straight into the wall which I think I gave myself minor whiplash. But in the end it was so much fun and I would definitely do it again.
Later that evening I made dinner and then we went out to Kapital, which is one of the most famous night clubs in Madrid. Its made up of 7 floors and has different rooms and plays various genres of music. We thought we’d try again after the fail night we had before. This time I knew we were guaranteed to have fun, which we did and ended up in VIP and had a great night with also making new friends in the toilet as girls do on a night out (lol).
Sunday came and we were all exhausted, so we decided to have a lazy day and made a Spanish style Sunday roast and later played a couple of drinking games before the girls packed their things and went to bed. The next morning came 😦 and the girls made their way to the airport back to the UK. It was a crazy weekend to say the least, but im so glad I got to see my friends and enjoyed some of what Madrid has to offer.