Last Friday, I found out that I passed my first monthly placement test and that I would be moving up to the next level on Monday (today). To celebrate, Taylor and I caught a train to Madrid! Actually, that was going to happen regardless of whether or not I passed, but it sure made the weekend much more enjoyable! 🙂

We arrived in Madrid and got settled into our apartment just in time to savor the last remaining hours of light and take in the new scenery. The colorful buildings and lively squares are endless in Madrid!
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For our first night, we had big plans to go to a (Rick Steves) recommended tapas row that Grandma, Grandpa, Laura, Patrick, and myself had visited in February. We had tried 4 different tapas bars in this row last time, and Taylor and I were able to knock 3 different ones off the list this time! There’s one bar after another and they all specialize in something different. Our plan of attack was to get one tapa and one drink at each place before moving on to the next. So difficult to do when they all have such extensive and delicious looking menus! Perfect way to spend our first night in Madrid.
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The next morning, we ate breakfast at the famous San Gines café (chocolate and churros, yes please!), then headed to Plaza Mayor, the starting point for our Madrid walking tour!
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While brainstorming things to do in Madrid, we scoured TripAdvisor and found SANDEMANs Tours, a very highly rated company that offers free walking tours in major European cities. The tour was 3 hours long and covered most of the major sites in Madrid. The best part of this tour was our guide. He was very knowledgable and spent most of the time telling stories and explaining the historical significance of each site, something we would not have known had we not done this tour. Highly recommended if you are ever in Madrid, or other major European cities!
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Our tour guide, Ramon, in front of the Royal Palace.
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The rest of the day was spent exploring and relaxing in the sunshine, and was finished off on a different tapas row!
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More Madrid next time!