Having had the chance to stay in Tel Aviv (5 years) and travel to Paris (5 days), I thought of myself as truly lucky.
Now this time, I am in Madrid, Spain. For how long? Nothing’s definite yet.
All I’m sure is that I am one fortunate soul.
Because for one thing, I am a blogger. In me now is this overflowing exhilaration knowing that once again, I can write about another great city.
Indeed, there is no other acceptable way to talk about a place, gush and rave about it, or even spew rants about it (if need be) than to be there – in the flesh!
To write honestly about a place, you must breath its air, soak in its culture, bask in its sun, and mingle with its people, asserting yourself as like one of them at some point (take it as a challenge).
You do so, and everything becomes spontaneous, easy, and frank. You don’t become exact in your words, sounding like that in a wiki – but more like insightful, discerning, or even idiotic.
Needless to say, you’re licensed to articulate your emotions in any way you want if you see things first-hand.
And put simply, if you’re within, around, and a witness to your subject, you churn beautiful and evergreen pieces about it.
Lucky me, I am here in Madrid. For real.
Hence, letstalkmadrid.com is born.
Your caballero is ready and raring to travel around this beautiful Spanish capital. I dare to either conquer (read: blend in), or yield (read: be captivated by all its splendor).
To wander aimlessly along Madrid streets and inner streets is more to my liking; excited to be surprised by things, places, and sights that await to be discovered.
Here I come Gran Via, Puerta del Sol, Prosperidad (the Distrito where I live), Chamartin, Rastro (and its limitless antiquities), and Plaza Mayor, among so many others.
These blog-worthy places are but a drop in this city’s deep bucket of beautiful sites and attractions.
My humble website will feature some of Madrid’s parks (such as Parque de Berlin, across Avenida Ramon y Cajal) and churches (like Parroquia de San Antonio de Cuatro Caminos, along Calle Bravo Murillo), where I go to spend my times of idling and worship, respectively.
Also worth noting are their cafes, cafeterias, cantinas, coffee shops, coffee bookshops – which ever way they are called. Spaniards dearly love their coffee, explaining why these establishments are in the thousands, scattered around the city.
Do I have to mention that Spanish food will be prominently featured here? No Madrid blog is complete without discussing tapas and paellas, cochinillos and pollos asados, and turones and jamones. Occasional reviews of popular Madrid restaurants are in the offing as well.
Por favor, join me in my journey as I write about my day-to-day experiences, adventures, travels, and travails as a Madrileno nuevo – a self-appointed one at that.
Undoubtedly, Madrid is a travel blogger’s haven; and so I can’t thank the Universe enough for being here.
Most importantly, it’s a privilege to be in Spain knowing that not everyone has the means to travel.
It is hard enough to gather resources needed to tour one’s own country. It’s even more difficult to travel to another country in a faraway continent.
I know that countless individuals ache for a chance to see Madrid. Sadly, most can only dream about it.
In my case, I am living my own.
For this, muchas gracias.
Do keep me company as I learn to live in this city; experiencing bliss and sadness, and everything in between. I’ll take it a day at a time while embracing Madrid tightly, and all that it has to offer.
Let’s talk Madrid.