20160617_153515 Royal Palace of Madrid

The first thing I saw when I arrived is a big sign hanging over Plaza de Cibeles saying “Refugees Welcome”. It made me feel good about Madrid instantly. I stayed in Sun Gate hostel, which was very central, however the drunk young people scrambling into beds at 4am and collapsing to snore totally put me off hostels catered to the young. I also detested the vegetarian dinners (oily, salty, not very nutritious considering the starch ratio to vegetables) and opted to eat out after the first one. I loved the receptionists though, and found them extremely helpful and friendly.

Sandeman’s tour guides were very amazing. Most were non locals studying history in the universities. They made the whole Philips / Charles sequence entertaining and were very passionate about it. They conduct free tours twice a day from Plaza Mayor and they also do paid tours throughout the day.

The walk through the Palace towards…

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