As I have officially been in Madrid for one week, I am starting to feel comfortable in my new city. On my first day here, I was nervous to do simple tasks like order a coffee at a cafe or take the metro from my apartment to Puerta del Sol, but after one week’s worth of confidence I already feel like I could take the metro anywhere – and I have definitely been drinking a lot of coffee.
Here are some of my favorite things I’ve done this week:
- Teleférico: The Teleférico is a cable car that starts from Rosales and takes you through the sky with a view of the Casa de Campo park and the rest of Madrid. For only a few Euros I took the ride with an included audio tape explaining to me the history of much of what I was seeing. It also ended at a restaurant where I could enjoy a drink with an overlooking view.
- Retiro: Retiro Park was perfect for a day with not a lot to do. Since the park is so big, one could easily spend the entire day wandering and not run out of things to see. My friends and I rented rowboats on the small lake inside the park, listened to street performers, and ate our lunch sitting in the sun.
- Sangria Workshop: I joined Be Madrid on Tuesday evening to learn how to make traditional Spanish sangria. It was very tasty, not too complicated, and definitely something I could recreate at home. After we made the sangria together, we were able to sit and enjoy it along with some tapas and good company.
So far so good!
By Elizabeth Mannheimer