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Madrid, Spain – Day One

Hi there,

So this trip was one of those spontaneous I-want-to-go-away but I don’t know where moments, I had a random week off work and I knew I had to escape Newcastles cold grasp and the temptation of Greggs just for a few days. I thought I would test my luck by looking at Sky Scanner and BAM the cheapest flights were… a drum roll please… £47 both ways to Madrid. I still don’t get why they were so cheap but I pressed checkout, found a cheap hostel, persuaded my sister to come with me and that was that.

I’m going to skip the first day of travelling to get to Madrid, I promise you’re not missing out on much, just the typical boring stuff like delays, drinking pints and arriving at 10pm with no idea how to get to our hotel. But we made it. ANYWAY before I ramble on, let me get on with this. So our day started with us waking up with our stomachs rumbling and our exploring heads on ready to go, so off we went for breakfast. Our hostel was located straight in the centre which meant we were two minutes away from the high street and most of the cafes. We went into the first place we saw had the word coffee which was pans&company which i’m assuming  is one of the chain brands around Madrid. Even though I love more independent businesses I must admit it did an amazing serrano (deli ham) baguette with brie cheese and a caramel latte, so that put me in a great mood to start the day.

After our stomachs were satisfied we checked out the fashion high street and visited some brands I’ve seen in the UK such as two H&M’s, dragged into a five story Primark and checked out some other stores like Pull&Bear and Bershka. After following my sister round the shops for a few hours it was time for our next food stop, a cute little Italian called Oven Mozzarella Bar which did the most amazing three cheese pizza, I fancied going with a classic. I bet you’re wondering by now where the Spanish food – the paella, the wine, the tapas… and I was asking myself this too but wait till day three and I promise it’ll be worth it.

Our next step after this was simple, explore. We wandered off down a path, followed the crowd and ended up sight-seeing a few popular tourist spots. We walked down a street called Calle de Artes and saw monuments like the Fuente de la Diosa Cibe and Puerta de Alcala before visiting my favourite spot in Madrid… the Retiro park. I can’t even tell you how pretty it looked, perfectly mowed lawns, flowers and a giant lake with people on chilling on boats, it was just perfect to take a break and do my favourite activity, people watching… ANYWAY after sitting and chilling for a while we visited one of the most breathtaking buildings called Palacio de Cristal, the whole place was made of out glass and steel and reflected the light in a pretty way, one of my favourite spots on this whole trip for sure.

Okay so that much pretty sums up day one, after the whole sight seeing acting like tourists we basically went to the shop eat our weight in pastries and slept like a babies, tired from a day of walking, exploring and shopping. Below are some pics of my travels & I’ll see you in the next post.

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Chelsie x

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Drinking plenty of Lattes to help power the long walks through Madrid… that was my excuse anyway.
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Each of these post stick notes had the word love in different languages.

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Content with our pizza and pasta after our morning shopping till I drop.. Laura wanted to keep going.

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The architecture was bloody amazing

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Puerta de Alcala

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Estanque grande del Retiro, the most wonderful park.

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Outside the Palacio de Cristal, such a pretty building.

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The whole building was made from mostly glass & the floors had inscriptions of peoples names.

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How I’m Keeping Up With My New Years Resolutions

Hi There,

So in my depressed time of spending the daunting New Years Midnight moment alone outside watching the neighbours fireworks I decided to write myself a list, one that I would actually stick to this year to make moments like that never happen again. I mean I know its March but I’m sure thats enough time to see if I have stuck to any and give myself a kick up the backside if I haven’t. I want to take life as it comes and make sure I get through my list of places to visit and not waste another year being unproductive.

  • Have a you year

This may be a strange one for most of yous but I wanted to focus on myself this year, to better myself from the year before, to be more positive and to say yes to every situation. I wish to make the most of my last year living with my housemates in Newcastle, I want to look back at my time and think that I gave it my all and had no regrets.

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  • Learn how to drive

This is going to be my biggest goal this year, since failing my driving test 4 years ago I’ve been afraid to get back into a car and try again to pass just in case it happens again. But I’m going to kick this fear by the butt and start calling around this lessons this week.

  • Go Travelling

In my exact words I wrote ‘ Go travelling, it doesn’t matter where or how far or what company, just go!’ and this is the one I’ve stuck to the most. On my days off I’ve been filling them with visiting restaurants that has been on my food list for ages and in February I went to Madrid on a random week off work. I want to spend my time exploring and making new memories and hopefully when I pass my driving test (fingers crossed) that can happen more too.

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  • Stick with going to the GYM

This one I actually have been doing.. well not as much as I should be like atleast one or two times a week, I’m aiming to up to it to about three maybe four but I love my bed and I find it hard to give up the cosiness and star trek marathons. I just need to find my motivation and channel my inner Kim Kardashian.

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  • Do what you love

Under this category I had wrote gaming, reading, writing, watching movies and exploring new places. These are the things that I love doing and I just wanted to make sure I reminded myself what those activities are, sometimes when I’m so caught up with work I forget about what I love doing. But since writing this I’ve completed assassins creed, hosted games night, read five books and found a passion for sci-fi again.
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Does anyone else have any revolutions that they’re stuck to or ones that they still need to tick of their lists?

Chelsie x