Madrid is a place I am always up for revisiting ever since I was a student there. It made an embedded impression on me back in ten years ago, as much as it did in 2017, when I flew in with a friend for a football game – Spain vs Italy.

To put it simply, this is a city one needs to live in and savour. Tourist visits with limited timeframes don’t do it justice. There is so much to see and experience – the museums, architecture, sports events, parks, food… It is simply one of Europe’s gems.

On this particular trip, we had no more time and jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus, visit the Atletico Madrid museum and naturally the reason for our trip – the football game. I wish we had more time, so I could finally find my way through the halls of Prado’s exhibition or enjoy the sunshine at Parque del Buen Retiro.

I thought I could meet some classmates, but they were all busy with their lives. Instead, I manage to at least see for a short while Marta, who guide us with extreme care and compassion through the difficult and strenuous times of completing the program at Instituto de Empresa. And it was great to catch up.

It was also great to finally visit one of the emblematic stadiums in Europe – the decommissioned Vicente Caldron, where Atletico Madrid played for many years before outgrowing its modesty. The museum’s visit was simply surreal – so many memories, trophies and history.

Later that evening, we found our way to another emblematic stadium – Santiago Bernabeu. I was mesmerised by the view and the sound. The crowd was indeed the twelfth player for the Spanish side, which on its turn made sure people got what they came for – a decisive win. Next time I will go for a Real Madrid’s game.

But enough talking, here are some snaps from our trip.

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