Madrileño Streetlife

Madrid, Spain

Apologies for the poor writing. I’ve hijacked Tapana’s blog to talk about MY city. Most of his visit was food orientated because let’s be honest, we are both fat girls trapped inside skinny boys. Christmas, like any other time of year in Madrid, is a pretty busy period. The streets bustling with abuelas (spanish grandmothers) walking the streets at a snails pace – you can’t get angry at them though, they’d beat you in a fight.

The street Tapana and I went to for dinner is rather odd. Tapana’s mother if you’re reading, let me apologise in advance. Spain has a rather liberal attitude to prostitution and for some reason all the “working girls” like to congregate on one central street. I know what you’re thinking, why would I take an innocent Thai tourist to such an seedy place? The truth is that this street has become somewhat famous among madrileños. We call it “la calle de las putas” (street of the prostitutes) and despite what springs to mind when you think “red light district”, the area is actually packed with some great hotels and restaurants. It’s a great place to go especially in the summer when you need to escape the heat with a cold glass of Tinto de Verano (the local favourite).

Another place worth mentioning is a secret place of mine that I’m willing compromise for the sake of the blog (we all make sacrifices). In case you were wondering how Tapana got such good areal photos of Gran Via (Madrid’s answer to Broadway), there is a viewing terrace complete with bar atop one of the Hotels in Callao. This is a must visit if you ever go to Madrid and you won’t find it in any guide books: 2 doors down from United Colours of Beneton, go into the hotel and up to the 9th floor. You’ll be welcomed with the best view in the city!

There, I have shared my wisdom with you, my good deed for the day is done.

Sebastian  Morgan

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