A Change in Plans: Returning to Madrid

The internet isn’t nearly short of blogs and Instagram accounts that glamorize solo travel. I have to admit, for the first couple months, it’s a blast. I get a rush of energy when I arrive in a new city. Everything I see is fresh, and there’s endless experiences to discover. But I’d be lying if I said that that adrenaline rush didn’t wear off after a few days. At that point, practicality starts to hit you. Where do I grocery shop? Where do I go out? What do I do? How do I get there? Who do I know here?

That’s how I felt traveling through Spain. It started to become less fun and felt more like work. I had a blast when I visited Madrid in July so I figured I’d head over to capital of Spain for 2 weeks before spending the weekend in Lisbon and flying home for the holidays. This way I’d have a bit of stability for more than 1 week (yay!) during my 6-week trip.

I love Madrid!

Breakfast on my Madrid balcony

Churros at the Chocolatería San Ginés

Hotel Window in Madrid
Scooter in Malasaña, Madrid

Pink architecture in Malasaña, Madrid

Orange architecture in Malasaña, Madrid

Scooter in Malasaña, Madrid
Orange and coral buildings in Malasaña, Madrid

Cheers to you, Madrid!

Pink architecture in Madrid

A street in Malasaña, Madrid
Palacio de Cibeles

Palacio de Cibeles

Top of the Palacio de Cibeles

View of the Metropolis Building, Madrid
Metropolis Building, Madrid

Metropolis Building, Madrid

Girlboss and a cappuccino

Wine on my Madrid balcony

March 12, 2017

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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