48 Hours in Madrid

Hola, amigo! Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s capital and connoisseur of all things art, food and football. It’s the perfect place to relax and drink some sangria, especially during the hot summer days. You’ll need that siesta after 48 hours of walking, eating and not getting much sleep! Day 1 Morning Wake up at 10am. Why…

Gaudi’s city and a coast | Barcelona part 2

I’ve fallen behind on the blogging already. I left Barcelona for Rome nearly a week ago, and tomorrow I will be off to Florence! I’d like to write more about Barcelona (because I fell in love with the city) but a somewhat small highlight reel will have to do for now. Gaudi’s work appears everywhere…

First Impressions | Barcelona part 1

How do I begin to describe Barcelona? It’s bustling and full of life but seems more modern and commercial than the traditional Spain I have come to know. Though it’s arguably the most internationally-equipped city of Spain, as it’s a popular tourist destination.  I’ve absolutely loved being by the coast for the past few days…

Valencia #nofilter

Summer is (finally) here! And now that uni is over, I’ll be travelling through Europe before heading home which I still haven’t processed is happening yet! My last few days in Madrid were spent with my mum who flew all the way over to visit me so I could show her the Spanish way of…

Preciados Madrid

preciados: precious A short reflection on art and the streets of Madrid 🙂 I’ve seen a lot of art in the past few weeks (or even in general, having gone to a few in Amsterdam), at the CaixaForum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza (modern art museum). The Thyssen was amazing, but the Caixa was small and easy to…

My Madrileña Life (a preview)

Recently the four-month mark has passed on my time living in Madrid, and I can’t believe it’s nearly over already! I’ve dedicated some time (time spent not studying for finals) to reflect on a few places in Madrid and ways I have made it a second home. Uni My university is located about 30 minutes…

Sunday in Segovia

Plans generally change for the better. Instead of taking our trip to Segovia on Saturday, Kitty, Natalia and I decided to go on Sunday to avoid getting caught in the forecasted rain. After grabbing some breakfast (and coffee!!) at The Little Big Cafe in Moncloa (Madrid metro stop) and an hour spent on the bus,…

La Pedriza and its Moods

I’m one of those people who says they love hiking, but never actually does it…until yesterday. La Pedriza is a rock formation in the Manzanaeres el Real region, about an hour outside of Madrid via train/bus. The weather had been pretty awful over the past week (a lot of rain) so thankfully when we left…

DSS 2016

My university held a cultural trip to San Sebastián (also known as Donostia) last weekend. I had been excited about it for a while as it was named Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2016 and was highly recommended for me to visit. There was only one catch, a small and somewhat unspecified detail: The tour…

FAB FOUR: Malasaña

I thought I’d bring this format back today! Of all the districts in Madrid, Malasaña is my favourite. It’s full of trendy shops, cafes and bars and has a bit of a hipster vibe. Sydneysiders in Madrid often say it is reminiscent of the suburb Surry Hills, which is probably why I love the area…

Comida

comida: food Over the past few years, I’ve become what we like to call a “foodie”. I have a huge appreciation for meals with fresh ingredients and cafes and restaurants with exciting vibes. It’s likely that this won’t be my last post that’s entirely food-related (and come to think of it, this isn’t the first either…or the…

The city of three cultures

Toledo is a small city about an hour’s drive outside of Madrid. It was formerly the capital of Spain until 1562 when Madrid was named the new capital (a fact I learnt on my very first day in Spain!). Toledo is also known as “the city of three cultures” after the historical coexistence of the…