This month I traveled with my family to Europe for my dad’s week-long birthday celebration. The trip was short, but definitely worth the 16+ hours of flying (8 hours there, 8 hours back approx.). We visited Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. Our agenda consisted of R&R, family time, and exploring.
Sunday, November 19th, 2017
We arrived in Madrid around 12:30 p.m. and got to our Air BnB around 2:00 p.m. After getting settled, we headed out to find lunch and to familiarize ourselves with the area. After only a few minutes, I noticed that there’s an abundance of ham in Madrid. I specifically recall walking by “Museo del Jamon.” There were cuts of pork hanging in the window. My dad wanted to take a photo in front of the store, but we forgot to. Oops.
After we ate lunch, we continued walking around before we made our way back to the apartment. Alas, jetlag set in and everyone was yearning for some rest. I did my best to wait until at least 8:30 p.m. to fall asleep, but I think everyone else ended up falling asleep for two hours or so. Dinner in Madrid is around 10 p.m., but I was fast asleep when my family ventured out for food. My goal was to adjust to the time difference without difficulty.
Monday, November 20th, 2017
My plan worked well. I awoke at 8 a.m. Unfortunately, I was the only one awake. My family wasn’t up and about until 11. We ended up leaving the apartment around noon. After we had lunch, we went to the Museo Nacional Del Prado (The Prado Museum), a national art museum. I thought it’d be as enchanting as the Louvre, but it paled in comparison. However, I am grateful I had the opportunity to visit. A lot of the artwork was based on biblical narratives, Roman and Greek mythology, and Spanish monarchs. I specifically enjoyed the brief glances I took at Goya’s art. The darkness of it appealed to me. My favorite piece in the museum was a statue of one of the Muses (nine minor goddesses in Greek mythology that represent the arts). It was ironic because the Muse was unidentifiable (headless and handless – if I recall correctly), so the Muse was my muse!
After leaving the Museum, we got lost in Spain (literally and figuratively). Although geographically lost, we enjoyed the scenery and allowed the atmosphere to envelop us. Eventually, we headed to a hotel to ask for directions that lead us back to our apartment’s street. Fortunately, we weren’t as lost as we assumed.
For dinner, we dined at two places. The first place was a chic sushi restaurant with pink interior. Dining there was mostly for my sake. The other restaurants didn’t have vegan options. So basically, my mother, my younger brother, and I ate our meal at “Miss Sushi,” while my older brother and my father had their appetizers there. They ate their meals at the other restaurant. After a bone-chilling walk back to the apartment the day was done!
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017