I can’t lie and act like I wrote this post back in early September when we had just returned from Spain. It’s January 18th and I met a new friend at the climbing gym a month or two ago who was in the process of planning a trip to Spain and it gave me a fresh spark of motivation to edit the next batch of Spain photos and share them with you. Life’s a funny thing that way. It’s also 50 degrees in the mornings here in Vegas and it’s comforting to reminisce about how hot and sweaty it was in Spain. It’s tricking my brain into feeling some warmth in my core. So Madrid Madrid Madrid… beautiful Madrid. I think we left off with Sam spraining her ankle on our way out of the AirBnb in Barcelona. haha. We had to catch a taxi spur of the moment to get to the train station in time after trying to assess if Sam broke her foot or just sprained it. Many mental prayers were made to please let it be just a sprain, and please let the rest of the trip not make her ankle worse. We felt SO BAD! Sam was such a champ and insisted the show go on.. I still don’t know how she did it!
So I like to think of Madrid as being like DC and Barcelona being like LA. One having suit & tie political-esque types, and the other more coastal laid back types. Both having really awesome reasons to visit, just different scenes. The first day we set out to explore Retiro Park and the The Prado Museum. The park was massive and took up majority of the day, but had zero restrooms (why do I even remember that part?), probably because there were moments we had the thought to just pee on some of the many bushes, but we also didn’t know the repercussions of public nudity even when in a urinary emergency. haha. Nonetheless, such a BEAUTIFUL DAY!! Take a look.
All ready to be tourists;)
We strolled by this vibrant bush with pink flowers all over and had a mini photo-shoot in front of it. Aren’t my friends beautiful?
Montana has this ability to always have the cutest most effortless looking hair style.
And Court has this ability to think she doesn’t know how to look good in photos, but even when she’s trying to mock herself, she’s the most photogenic in the group.
The entry to Retiro Park.
All I want to know is how long it takes to groom and shape all these bushes? How often do they trim things up? And how much do they make?
Can you see the little kitty peaking its head out?
It was hard getting a picture with all 4 of us in it that wasn’t a selfie situation. So we kept trading off who photographed. Everywhere we turned in Retiro Park had these amazing tree archways that kept reminding me of the one street in my college town that had trees touching at the tops as they leaned into the street. I’d re-route my commute to school just so I could drive under them.
Inside the park was The Glass Palace. Basically a building made up of glass walls and ceiling with colored glass installations hanging inside. It was breathtaking! Surrounded by all this greenery it stood as its own art piece, yet you could still see right through it like it was a purposeful collaboration with nature.
I love every shot of Sam from this whole trip. Always a mystery in a poetic way. haha
See what I mean? hahah
After we left the park we headed downtown to find what we thought was a flea market. Ended up being a lot of just roaming and not marketing. We enjoyed observing the architecture and how different it was from Barcelona. A lot more whites, creams and more prestigious feeling buildings.
I also feel like that balcony with the foliage is what actual heaven will be like.
The roaming around allowed us to come across OVEN, a restaurant with amazing decor and even better pizza.
Naturally we all got different pizzas so we could try each others.
I’m so extremely mad at myself for not taking more pictures in the bathroom at OVEN.
It. was. magical.
This is the only shot we got in the bathroom. You guys, there was GOLD GROUT with black tile inside the bathroom stalls. Plus anytime there’s a neon sign where you pee, its a good time.
Before we headed home for the day to ice Sams foot we saw this “REFUGEES WELCOME” banner on one of there political buildings. It made me happy.