One of my best travel memories was when I took a tour of Spain. Having been to Europe several times, country-hopping across so many different cultures in a short period of time, it was nice to stay in one country for a change. Not that the various cities across Spain were all the same; in fact, far from it. It was just good to see so much of one country during the same trip. Anyway, I digress.
I got into Spain a day early and roamed around Madrid aimlessly. Whenever I have all day in a new city with no set timeline, I tend to just grab a map and go. Since the whole city is foreign to me, I figured if I get lost, so be it. I might end up being pleasantly surprised. That’s how I felt when I stumbled upon the Parque del Buen Retiro. Now, it’s not like the park was hidden in some back alley, so I probably would have found it eventually, but it was still nice to see it while having no expectations whatsoever.
The park reminded me of Central Park in New York. First of all, it’s huge and in the middle of a dense city. Also, it has a lake that you can row boats on during the summer time. It’s just a very relaxing atmosphere where friends and family take a time out from the city and enjoy life. It also didn’t hurt that the Banda Sinfónica de Madrid held a free concert during my visit.
I’d have to say my trip got off to a good start.