Welcome to My Madrid, a new series here on the Madrid Food Tour blog in which bloggers from Madrid and all around Spain tell us a little bit about what Madrid means to them. We love hearing about other people’s Madrid favorites, and who better to ask than a bunch of adventurous bloggers?
Today’s post comes from Kaley, the blogger at Y Mucho Más. Having spent most of her time in Spain since graduating college in 2009, she blogs about the good, the bad, and the just plain odd about life in Spain and marriage to a Spaniard.
Hi Kaley! Tell us a bit about your experience with Madrid.
I’ve been living in Madrid since September 2012—not that long, really! I moved here with my husband, as he found a job here! We were both Madrid newbies when we got here.
What was your first impression of Madrid like?
My first impression was back in 2008, actually! I visited the city while I was studying abroad in Toledo. Compared to Toledo, I thought it was huge and intimidating, although I really liked the variety of foods and activities you could find here.
Madrid can definitely be intimidating at first glance! What is one thing you wouldn’t leave Madrid without doing?
Hmm. Besides visiting all the sites, I’d recommend trying vermut de grifo, eating a bocadillo de calamares, and bar hopping around La Latina and Malasaña. And don’t forget to enjoy a day of terrace-sitting. Just drink cañas and chat all day long.
Days on the terrace are some of our favorite days! Do you have a favorite Madrid experience?
I’m a little obsessed with markets, so I’d say you should definitely walk around some of Madrid’s markets—traditional and non-traditional. I work near La Latina’s Mercado de la Cebada, and it’s fun to people watch.
You have to check out our Market Tour, then! Besides sampling the markets, what would you say is your favorite Madrid meal?
Cocido. You gotta try it at least once, even if a after-lunch nap is almost required. You won’t leave hungry (or unsatisfied)!
The answer of a true Madrileña! How about your ideal night out in Madrid?
I don’t go out to clubs, but my ideal night would be one of bar hopping in La Latina, especially if the bars weren’t so full. It’s not that I don’t love a full bar, but I like having a bit of space. It’d have to include some of El Almendro’s famous huevos rotos and rosca. Ideally, we’d get to drink some glasses of red wine followed up by a gin & tonic to cap it all off.
You’re a girl after our own heart, Kaley! Do you have a favorite day trip from Madrid?
Definitely Toledo. It stole my heart from the first time I set foot there, back in 2008. Toledo seems lost in another century completely, and there’s no way you won’t get lost among its winding streets or winded as you climb hill after hill after hill. The churches are spectacular, and I especially love its monastery San Juan de los Reyes, with its orange dotting the courtyard. Don’t miss it this year either: it’s the 400th centenary of El Greco’s death, and there are a lot of expositions dedicated to Toledo’s most-famous painter.
Toledo absolutely can’t be missed, and there’s no excuse thanks to it’s convenient location 45 minutes from Madrid! Thanks so much for sharing your Madrid with us Kaley!
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