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That Time Madrid Got Their A** Kicked....
This past Fall I embarked on the 2.5 hour train ride to Madrid, Spain from Barcelona. Not only did I fall in love with the city but I also got to experience one of the biggest rivalries of existence in the soccer world; FCBarcelona and Real Madrid.

We started out the weekend with a train ride to Madrid, the views were absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed being able to see for miles without coming across a giant building. Once we arriv
ed, we walked to our hotel and got settled before taking a a bus and walking tour of the city.We stopped at many significant places, some being the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (where the game was held), the main squares of town, the Royal Palace and the American Embassy. By the end of the 3 hour tour we were famished and decided to eat at a cute little local restaurant on a small street nearby. We ate some delicious traditional Spanish food and headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest. That night we went out to a very fun and crazy 7 story club called El Kapital where they had different genres on each floor and setups. It was pretty cool to get to experience another Spanish night life besides Barcelona’s and I had a blast!

The following day we ended up visiting the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía where the famous Guernica by Pablo Picasso is housed. There are also many other amazing works in there done by Dali, Miro and Gris and the building itself is a piece of art as well (being one of the main hospitals in Madrid back in 1805).Once we finished strolling through the art museum we ventured to El Retiro Park where we visited the Crystal Palace and walked around and came across a free art exhibit and watched some live music. That night we watched the soccer match live from a bar downtown and it was pretty amazing to be around so many dedicated fans. The energy and attention being devoted to the game was such a cool thing to experience, and also, how cool is it to say that I was in Madrid during the Madrid vs. Barcelona game.

The final day was a sad one, we really did not want to leave, for we had such an amazing time! We walked around a little in the morning and then headed over to the train station to disembarked back home. The train ride back was once again a beautiful site and I very much enjoyed being able to look out the window and take in all the beautiful scenery. There really is so much to see outside of the city and I really enjoyed being able to sit with friends and see just how beautiful Spain really is!
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Madrid, Spain