¿Qué tal? I’m smack dab in the middle of finals week “abroad edition” and I have less than a week left in Madrid. Crazy, right? Besides living it up (on a student’s budget, of course), I’ve decided to list some of my favorite things that I’ve done so far in Madrid that aren’t too hard on the wallet.
In no particular order, here we go!
1. Parque del Buen Retiro
This park is one of the biggest is Madrid and there’s always something to do. There are relatively cheap boat rides for the lovebirds, street performers, gypsies, and vendors of pretty much anything you can imagine. Jewelry, food stuffs, and other random trinkets. Plus, since spring time is here now, there’s no better place for a picnic!
2. Find a favorite café
Spain is a social country where almost all interactions take place outdoors. Finding a nice café is very easy here and the best ones are the hole-in-the-wall joints (that aren’t in sketchy neighborhoods, of course). A good sign of a great café is a sign that says: “WI-FI GRATIS” (free Wi-Fi!).
3. Take a dance class
Depending on your interests, chances are there are open classes in that type of dance for only five euros. In the Centro de Ocio El Honro, I’ve taken ballet classes while abroad but the genres of dance range from hip hop to yoga and zumba to flamenco.
4. Racks on racks of museums
Like all former world dominating empires, the Spanish love commemorating everything they’ve ever done in fancy museums. Luckily, with a student I.D. exhibits like Juan Fernández el Labrador. Still Lifes and Spanish Drawings from the British Museum: Renaissance to Goya in the Museo del Prado are free!
One of the best things about Europe in general is the fact that almost everything in the European Union is so close by train, plane, or bus. Depending on your budget, there are really cool places to visit near Madrid such as the pueblos Segovia and Toledo which are a few hours away the city. But believe me; traveling within Europe is very affordable. For less than 300 euros, I spent my spring break in Rome, two cities in France, Barcelona, and Ibiza. Hostels were my best friend and so only was eating twice a day.
Ahh! The Pope!
A rainy day in France; still awesome.
The Portinatx in Ibiza
If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen this picture, but I had to share it again! How lovely!
I think that one of my favorite things about being abroad has been spending time out and about, just hanging out with some really cool people (and eating’s always fun, too!).
Smile! You’re abroad!