By Antonio Malara
By the end of January 2008 I've been really close to death because of blood loss, then after three months of battle and a surgery I come to normal life again. I was in this condition when I decided to plan with my sister and her friends the trip to Madrid.
This vacation has been for me some kind of challenge, a rebirth, I was the planner and I remember I bought a classic map and I signed on it all the places to see. Madrid was also the first time in Spain, all I knew about it was thanks to Hemingway books and Almodovar movies, I was very excited at the idea. Madrid didn't disappoint me, the center is not so big so I was happy to get to my places by walking, I started my tour from Teatro Real and then through the little streets I jumped into the city. Everything was close, the beauty of Plaza Mayor, the symmetrical square with the horse in the center and the red walls, then Puerta del Sol, that part of the city was full of tourists, street artists, little stores, cafe, restaurant...it was like a big family there's was an harmonious feeling all around. One morning still from the teatro I did like Colombo, I decided to get to Puerta Del Sol but going in the opposite way. One step and you're in front of the majestic of the Palacio Real, this is a beautiful and big structure, surrounded by a floral square and in the back a huge garden. From there through a way you can get "Plaza de Espana" and then the Gran Via. This is the Main Street of the city where you can find all the store and the characteristic building with the balcony, those are so original that still now I can recognize Madrid just looking to random pics of that kind of buildings. The Gran Via ends in a corner when you can decide to go to east or back to the center taking another street. As I said I walked all the time, I used the metro only to see the "Plaza the Toros" and "Plaza de Castilla" that is a modern square where thanks to the buildings design you can play with perspective, it's s cool for pics.
My Madrid experience has been positive for many reasons, has been a physical and psychological cure for myself, I found lot of friendly people, a city with a interesting architecture, museums and the right persons with whom share the time, I never back, I think is also connected to that unhealthy moment of my life, I have mixed emotions, from one side I want to remember this positive connection, from the other side I would to back to exorcise that moment and live the city in a new way.
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