My friends and I went on our first trip within Spain…Madrid! With all this traveling throughout Europe, we almost forgot about how much traveling we need to do within Spain itself. So, where better to start than the capital?
Honestly, I had previously heard that Madrid was not people’s favorite trip, but this was a free trip offered by our program, CEA, and it is the capital of the country we are staying in so how could we skip it? The trip was off to a rough start. We went to a concert on Thursday night, almost disregarding that we had to be on an 8 a.m. train on Friday. Unpacked, we woke up on Friday morning at 7:40 a.m., panicked, and realized we had 20 minutes to pack and get to the train station. Not a great start.
Throwing anything we saw into our bags, we thankfully made it to the train and were on our way to Madrid, very tired however. As soon as we got there we were doing a walking tour. As soon as our tour guide told us about the convent cookies, we knew we were gonna have to split and get some of those cookies. Let me explain: In Madrid, you can go to these convents, ring the doorbell, and buy cookies from the nuns. We had to try it. We rang the doorbell and got let in, only to find it was the quietest place we had ever been in. We wandered around for a bit until finally we were able to purchase the cookies from the nun from behind a wooden revolving door (we couldn’t see her). The result was delicious!
The next day we decided to do something more touristy and go to the palace. We did an tour of the inside and I have to say the inside was beautiful. Every room was decorated so gorgeously, with gold highlights everywhere. It looked very royal.
Obviously touring the palace built up an appetite, so what else to do but eat (again…) We clearly finished our convent cookies, so it was time to try another specialty of Madrid- churros and hot chocolate. Being Americans and still so oblivious, we were expecting the kind of hot chocolate you get when you go skiing on Mount Snow and the churros you get at Six Flags. But this was just so much better. It was literally melted chocolate and the most amazing churros I have
ever tried in my life. Being a fan of white chocolate I had to try that kind. It was a deliciously fattening snack and a great way to wrap up Madrid.