Day 9: Madrid – Tour Ditching 101

Step 1: Don’t expect tours in Madrid to start on time. Go shopping while you wait!

Spain had some of the best shopping out of our entire trip – a Zara and H&M on every corner, as well as some awesome (cheap!) Spanish shops, like Pull and Bear and Lefties. (Secret lesson within a lesson: bring clothes on your Euro trip that you don’t have too much of an emotional attachment to. This way you can throw away those shirts from Gap you’ve had for years and pick up some fancy European clothes OoOoh! Or, take the Abi Approach and just wear any clothes that can’t fit into your bag on any flights and voila, you keep your clothes.)

Put your happy tour faces on!

Put your happy tour faces on!

Step 2: Stay in tour only for one or two anecdotes, then bail! Our favorite method – tour guide walks right, you walk left. Foolproof.

Yeah, that story about Isabel II was pretty interesting, but one was enough.

Some cool sights we did see while on tour:

Views around the Palace
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Royal Palace

SIBlings in front of the Palace

Almudena Cathedral

Step 3: Find better things to do. For example:

Eat kebaps in front of a Palace.

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Go to 100 Montaditos (again), and sip tinto outside of the Royal Theater.

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Hacky sack with some locals.

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Crash a fashion university’s party and get free alcohol.

Pardon the crappy photos from the Absolut Citron gala. We were in "be cool, be cool!" mode

Pardon the crappy photos from the Absolut Citron gala. We were in “be cool, be cool!” mode


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Lesson’s over! Now celebrate. Dance like idiots in a club and eat churros with chocolate.

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You’re welcome.

– Abi & Alexa

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