Ah, Madrid. Although you were no Barcelona, you are a pretty special city mostly because of how chill you were.
It might be because I’m getting used to European cities, but Madrid was a lot easier to navigate than the confused haze that was Barcelona. Not only was the map the hostel gave us much easier to handle, but every sight we wanted to see was accessible on foot.
We first visited the Reina Sofia museum, known most for Picasso’s Guernica. Originally, we headed there immediately after checking in a picking up a few things to munch on, but after finding out that it was free from 19h-21h, we decided to do a little shopping first in the shopping district accessible by Metro stop Serrano.
After about two hours within the museum, we both came to the consensus that museums are tiring and we would rather be drinking sangria than to culture ourselves. Having completely no plan for where we were going to eat, not even the general vicinity, we headed towards Puerta del Sol. One of her friends told her that we would be able to find restaurants lining that plaza.
However, a cluster of restaurants just don’t exist, especially when you’re two hungry students on a budget. So at the apex of a few restaurants, right on Calle del Carmen, we chose to enter Cafeteria Armenia, which had the dishes we wanted at an affordable price. Although the outside of the restaurant looked more like you were looking into a school cafeteria, the food is delicious.
This liter of sangria was only 8€ ! Comparable to the Sangria in Barcelona, which cost 16€.
According to her Spanish friends, the must-haves were Croquetas de Jamón, a kind of gooey hushpuppy with bits of ham in the middle…
and Patatas Alioli, a baked potato dish covered in heavy garlic cream …
While we ate, we planned our trajectory for the next day, which included Museo Nacional del Prado, Parque de el Retire (Palacio de Cristal, Monumento Alfonso XII, Palacio de Velázquez), Plaza de la Independencia, and Casa de América. Calamares.