We made it to our first stop in Spain today, the city of Madrid. The day started out on a good note with both our trains arriving on time and O’Hare Airport looking like below when we got there. I’ve never seen it so empty. We skated through check-in and security in minutes.
Maybe it is true that Tuesday’s are one of the best days to fly. The ticket agent didn’t seem to think that is the case, but if today is any indication I’d have to disagree.
Our good luck continued when we boarded the plane. We found ourselves with two aisle seats and no one in between.
It was our first time flying with Iberia Airlines. It’s probably the least impressive international flight we’ve taken. The food was okay with one meal for dinner and one for breakfast in the morning. Nothing is included on domestic flights these days so we have a hard time not getting wine or beer with our meal.
Unfortunately, neither of us were able to sleep on the plane. We arrived in Spain at 7:30am and the goal is to stay awake till tonight to conquer jetlag.
Madrid First Impressions
We spent the afternoon wandering around Madrid and had some first impressions. As with most major cities, it is busy. But even though there are many people on the streets looking like they are heading off to work, no one seems to be in a hurry. I think our fast-pace walk highlights us as tourists for sure.
Being in the capital of Spain, I expected English to be widely spoken. From what we can tell that does not necessarily seem to be the case.
Not a problem though. We were given an English and Spanish menu at lunch which was helpful. And the common words and phrases we’ve been learning have come in handy.
Buen Retiro Park
Another thing we noticed is that even though Madrid is a bustling city, it values green spaces and parks. We spent the afternoon strolling through the gorgeous Buen Retiro Park. Take a look!
We can’t wait to explore the rest of the city! Now it’s time for sleep.
Buenas Noches! (Goodnight)
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