Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm Moving to Madrid! Getting Personal

For those those who haven't heard the news via Instagram, I've made one of the most life-changing decisions in my life thus far- I'm packing up my bags and heading to the good old land of tapas and siestas. After countless of debates, arguments, and a few tears in between, I've decided to take a leap of faith, follow my heart, and move to Madrid. Studying abroad in Sevilla last year was one of the most rewarding and happiest moments of my life and I'm so excited to continue my (hopefully never-ending) love affair with traveling.
Para aquellos que no han escuchado las noticias vía Instagram, un par de meses atrás hice una de las decisiones más grandes de mi vida- voy a mudarme a Madrid! Después de muchos debates, discusiones y sentimientos, he decidido de tomar un riesgo, seguir mi corazón, y regresar a España. Estudiar en Sevilla el ano pasado fue unos de los mejores momentos de mi vida y me llena de alegría pensar que voy a continuar mi pasión por viajar.

With that said, I've been obsessively looking at Madrid everything and came across a few things I'm looking forward to in the months ahead...
Habiendo dicho esto, estoy ilusionada con mi futura vida en Madrid y buscando en internet encontré algunos sitios en los que tengo muchas ganas de estar...

In Madrid, the supply of rooftop bars is plenty to go around and I am not complaining. With views like this one, who wouldn't participate?
En madrid, los bares de copas en las azoteas son algo muy común y yo no me quejo en absoluto de que esto sea así . Con vistas como esta, quien no quisiera estar allí?

Although I must keep the potato, egg, and carb intake under control, thinking that I'll be living in a culinary capital makes my mouth water. Mercado de San Miguel? Tapa bar crawls? Delicious, cheap riojas? Sign me up!
Aunque tendré que apuntarme a un gym y controlar un poco tomar comidas como huevos, patatas, y carbohidratos, solo pensar que voy vivir en una capital culinaria se me hace la boca agua. Mercado San Miguel? Tapenando? Riojas decantes? Yo quiero!

With El Prado, El Palacio Real, Museo de Reina Sofia, El Retiro, and Plaza de Cibeles just footsteps away, every person lucky enough to live in Madrid wakes up to history right at their fingertips. Craving Velazquez, Goya, and Picasso one day? Madrid has you covered.
Con El Prado, El Palacio Real, Museo de Reina Sofia, El Retiro, y la Plaza de Cibeles a solo unos pasos de distancia, todo el mundo que tiene la suerte de vivir en Madrid pasea cada día a través de mares de historia. Tienes ganas de ver algo de Goya, Velázquez, y Picasso? Madrid seguro que no te decepcionará..

I know I'll have my bad days, suffer through the dreaded Spanish bureaucracy, crave Chipotle, and miss home and loved ones so much it'll hurt. But thankfully the idea of exploring the world, immersing myself back into the Spanish culture, and living my own dream keeps me a little more sane. Sometimes taking the road less traveled can be the most rewarding, sometimes it's not. That's definitely a risk I'm willing to take.
Vivir la vida. Sé que van a haber días malos, soportar la burocracia española, tener antojos de comer Chipotle, y echar de menos mi casita y mis seres queridos tanto que me va doler. Pero de alguna manera la idea de explorar el mundo, disfrutar la cultura española, y cumplir mis sueños me mantiene más calmada . A veces el camino menos transitado es el más gratificante, a veces no. Eso es un riesgo que estoy dispuesta a asumir.

Madrid, lez do this! See ya in August.
Vamos Madrid! Nos vemos en agosto.

Auxiliares vets or Expats in Madrid: what are some suggestions you have in regards to moving to Madrid? Any recommendations on where to relax, gyms to join, places to visit, drink, and most importantly, eat?!


  1. Felicidades!! Estoy segura que va a hacer la experiencia de tu vida! :)

    1. Muchas gracias! La verdad que tengo ganas de irme ya :)

  2. How awesome! I would love to visit Spain one day! While in Germany in the Spring, we met a group of American students studying in Seville. They were a lot of fun to talk to. Good luck on your move and thanks for linking up for Travel Tuesday :)

    1. I highly recommend putting Spain on your bucket list! And it was amazing, I'm sure they were all in love with the city :) No problem, always a pleasure!

  3. You are gonna love it, there are so many places and bars you can visit here in madrid! Hope it isn't too hot when you arrive, we currently have 40ºC and we are almost dying!

  4. Ooh! This sounds exciting. I hope you enjoy your stay in Madrid.
    By the way, the picture of the dish that you have put up, looks so much like the Indian Pulao/Biryani. <3

  5. So exciting! I have a few friends in Madrid so I'm hoping to find myself there sometime this fall, and I'll be watching for all your adventures on here! We glittery bloggers have to stick together ;)

    Emily |

    1. Woo let me know when you're in Madrid! I hope to have a pretty good list of things to do/place to eat by then. And yes, I'll be looking at your dreamy Parisian pics also! I'll probably be back there sooner or later's Paris ;) Thanks Emily!

    2. Excellent :) Let me know when you come to Paris!

  6. Hola Natalia! Primeramente, me encanta tu blog y instagram! Descubrí tu cuenta por medio de Devour Madrid 😍 I actually studied abroad for the year in Madrid two years ago and I remain just as obsessed as ever. So many ganas to be back. I hope you are loving your time there!

    I know this post is kind of old and you've been in Madrid for some time now but I noticed you're a foodie so I just wanted to give some suggestions of my favorite rinconcitos :)

    Casa Mono in Arguelles: Really awesome interior, perfect for a date, their menú del día is their best deal, otherwise can be pricy for dinner. I believe I tried their salmon and was very satisfied.

    Taberna Malaspina near Sol: My absolute favorite place for tapas, you have to try the Pimientos de Piquillo, huevos rotos, combination plate of patatas bravas y aioli AND their mojitos are everything. The prices are very reasonable, but make sure you go with friends, portions are big!

    -The Toast Cafe in Arguelles: for when you're homesick for American style brunch and an actual NICE burger. One of my favorite places to get a chill drink with a friend during the week, or take an intercambio for trivia. Also, their hummus plate is 👌🏽

    -To quell your Chipotle craving there is always TIERRA around Madrid! My favorites were in Arguelles and Malasaña. Not as good but the next best thing, especially to satisfy my need for chips and guac . Pus their margs are bomb.

    Ahh I could go on but this is already long. I'm actually trying to come back next year as an auxiliar, if you are still in Madrid I would love to meet up o salir a tomar algo ☺️