Three more days in Madrid

It is bittersweet that I only have three more days in Spain. I've loved my time here so far and life here seems to be more preferable to me. However I am ready to go back. I miss my bed, I miss the fresh air and my friends. 

Here's what I'll miss in Madrid: 

 

Cheap drinks. I haven't had to pay more than 12 euros for 4 or 5 drinks. It's not even happy hour. Not sure if happy hour even exists in Europe.  

Cheap drinks. I haven't had to pay more than 12 euros for 4 or 5 drinks. It's not even happy hour. Not sure if happy hour even exists in Europe.  

Simple yet delicious food. Starting from the bottom and going clockwise: grilled tuna steak with salad, pan-fried chicken cutlet with potatoes, pan-fried pork cutlets with a pimiento bernaise sauce with potatoes, steak with potatoes.  

Simple yet delicious food. Starting from the bottom and going clockwise: grilled tuna steak with salad, pan-fried chicken cutlet with potatoes, pan-fried pork cutlets with a pimiento bernaise sauce with potatoes, steak with potatoes.  

Getting complimentary olives. Oh God bless the olives. I always eat more than half of the olives. I love the olives here because they seem to be soaked in only salt and water and they're not heavily acidic. 

Getting complimentary olives. Oh God bless the olives. I always eat more than half of the olives. I love the olives here because they seem to be soaked in only salt and water and they're not heavily acidic. 

Breakfast bars and not the high caloric and high sugar kinds! I consider myself a fast-paced person so I like the idea of a fast-paced breakfast spot where you don't sacrifice quality of food for speed. Here's the set up: no stools and you order drinks and food just like you would order cocktails and beer at an American bar. You stand as you consume your food and pay when you get the food, beforehand or after. You find yourself a spot along the bar and order then leave when you're done and have paid for your food. I know it might be strange but I kind of like that. 

Breakfast bars and not the high caloric and high sugar kinds! I consider myself a fast-paced person so I like the idea of a fast-paced breakfast spot where you don't sacrifice quality of food for speed. Here's the set up: no stools and you order drinks and food just like you would order cocktails and beer at an American bar. You stand as you consume your food and pay when you get the food, beforehand or after. You find yourself a spot along the bar and order then leave when you're done and have paid for your food. I know it might be strange but I kind of like that. 

So much PAELLA. It's day seven and I'm still not tired of it.  

So much PAELLA. It's day seven and I'm still not tired of it.  

  I'm going to miss the grocery stores. I don't know what it is but I'm fascinated by a country's grocery store. I really enjoyed looking at the products, how items are laid out, the brands, prices- did you know eggs aren't refrigerated? I think visiting a grocery Store gives a glimpse into every day life and culture of a country. 

 I'm going to miss the grocery stores. I don't know what it is but I'm fascinated by a country's grocery store. I really enjoyed looking at the products, how items are laid out, the brands, prices- did you know eggs aren't refrigerated? I think visiting a grocery Store gives a glimpse into every day life and culture of a country. 

Chocolate and churros. I got this sampler and churros for 7 euros. It's basically a sipping chocolate but it's super thick and delightfully rich. The churros are light and fluffy and perfect for dipping into the chocolate! I'm glad we don't have this in the states because I would definitely take visiting the chocolateria over happy hour. No joke. 

Chocolate and churros. I got this sampler and churros for 7 euros. It's basically a sipping chocolate but it's super thick and delightfully rich. The churros are light and fluffy and perfect for dipping into the chocolate! I'm glad we don't have this in the states because I would definitely take visiting the chocolateria over happy hour. No joke. 

The architecture elicits some kind of nostalgia from me. Probably because I remember a lot of Naples from when I was younger. The architecture there was much like Madrid's. Baroch and Spanish neoclassical architecture makes me feel like I'm living the history and falling in love. Yeah weird combo but it's almost like an inside joke- you had to be there.  

The architecture elicits some kind of nostalgia from me. Probably because I remember a lot of Naples from when I was younger. The architecture there was much like Madrid's. Baroch and Spanish neoclassical architecture makes me feel like I'm living the history and falling in love. Yeah weird combo but it's almost like an inside joke- you had to be there.  

Mercado de San Miguel is one of my favorite places in Madrid. It's packed with so many small vendors selling everything from produce to fresh seafood, pizza to paella, beer to wine and tapas to desserts. We've been there twice on our trip and I'm hoping to go one more time before we leave!  

Mercado de San Miguel is one of my favorite places in Madrid. It's packed with so many small vendors selling everything from produce to fresh seafood, pizza to paella, beer to wine and tapas to desserts. We've been there twice on our trip and I'm hoping to go one more time before we leave!