Hola! Welcome to the first of many February updates; my long weekend with Alice.
First, a quick introduction; meet Alice. She’s a fantastic human being who I love very much; she’s a nurse; she loves cats more than humans; she’s the most scathing, sarcastic person I’ve ever met; she’s been my friend for three years and I am so incredibly close to her.
Alice came to visit me in the first half of my exam leave, meaning I got exactly no work done for about 4 solid days… so far so good. We’re both fairly early-risers and also lovers of leisurely walks around cities, so Madrid really was the perfect destination; every morning was full of sightseeing, be it walking down the Paseo del Prado or visiting el Palacio Real and the surrounding areas, to exploring Retiro park and basking in the sunlight everywhere we went.
I had a fantastic time showing her around the city, really feeling like a true madrileña as I explained the significance of the oso y madroño statue in Plaza del Sol (there was once an abundance of bears in woods around Madrid) and took her to my favourite bars and restaurants (Tierra Burrito Bar is a MUST, and for my poor gluten-intolerant friend, Celicioso Bakery was a godsend). Plus, bringing her into the Spanish nightlife was amazingly fun (thank you Chupito, Space Monkey and 100 Montaditos for the resaca).