It's not everyday you get to spend time with one of your best friends in Europe, so when Maggie told me her and a friend were coming for a short 3 day visit, of course I began the planning. When they arrived I had made a cheese board for us to snack on and some cava to celebrate there arrival. We then headed to the Renia Sofia to see some Picasso and Dali. We stopped off at the corner for some coffee and recharge, and then we were ready for some art. After a nice afternoon in the museum we headed back to the house to get ready for dinner. I had been eyeing Jardin Secreto for dinner for some time, we passed it many times while we were out and about, so I made reservations for 10:00. Trey had been to the Athletic Madrid game with a friend, so we were all feeling right and in the spirit. When we arrived I gave the host my name as usual, Chelsea Stone, that is what you do when you make a reservation right? Well for some reason or another the Spaniards hear my name way differently, so the host responded back, " No sorry, No reserve for Chelsea... then less than a second later he says, "Oh espara, Sophia Estone?" The girls started laughing, and when I told them this wasn't the first time they said "well now you have an official Spanish name then... come on Sofia!" For the remainder for the trip they called me Sophia and from now on when making reservations while in Spain I have learned if can't beat em join em...Sophia Estone it is! The ambiance was fantastic the food was different and good, but nothing I would write home about, except for the carrot cake and delish chocolate cake we ordered for dessert. It seems that was what you go to Jardin Secreto for...the dessert and fun cocktails. We then set out for an after dinner drink at Dry Bar 1892. We each enjoyed our own speciality cocktail and caught up on life.
I woke up at my usual time to go to work and was back before they woke up. I had made brunch reservations at one of my favorite little secrets here in Madrid that is above a store and has a private courtyard terrace. Everything about this place is just too cute from the place mats, the ambiance, to the little coin pouch shaped as little pastries that the bring your bill in. We had much comical relief when we began to hear American pop music in the background sung by what we thought was one of those Now CDs volume 8. After an awesome brunch we walked around Sol and headed to Plaza Mayor. After a quick mini tour Trey and I had to head to work, so we left the girls to navigate Madrid on there own. They had a wonderful afternoon getting lost around the city shopping and having afternoon refreshments.
When I got home that evening we went went to Temple De Debod to watch the sunset. We walked back to the house for a "dress drink" and we're in an uber on our way to a Flamanco dinner show. We had arrived fairly early so we enjoyed watching the restaurant fill up. I explained to them that the last time Trey and I were there, we were also the first to show up because the Spanish are always late. The dinner was very good and we all enjoyed a few bottles of wine. The show was excellent, and Crystal the dancer of the group, was very moved by one of the performers. After the show we headed out to look for one more drink before heading home. We got scooped up in a tourist trap, but honestly it was kind of fun. He offered us 3 free drinks and free entry if we followed him. We thought... hey why not when in Spain right? When we entered the bar some modern music was playing the it was your typical club scene. We each got a drink and hopped on the dance floor. We stayed for about an hour and then I had to get to bed because I had to work the next morning. We got back around 2:30am and I saw a really cool cabnet on the side of the road we all took a good look at it to make sure it was ligit and before I knew it, Maggie and Crystal in there high heels, were carrying this cabnet up the stairs.
As I directed them telling them where the next step was, I flew open our apartment door to find Trey up and watching TV. He definitely wasn't expecting us to be coming in with a piece of furniture. We all finally settled down and fell asleep.
After waking up at 6:30am again for work, after not going to bed until nearly 3:30am I was beat, so I took a small nap while Trey made the girls homemade tortilla. It was a perfect way to soak up the booze we had the night before. Raquel gave me the afternoon off so the girls and I planned to go to Toledo for the day. We went to the train station and took a 30 min train to Toledo.
We found our way to the city center and enjoyed seeing an old Spanish town with a true Spanish feel, away from the big city. We stopped off at a cute cafe for some lunch and wine and we were feeling great. We wondered through the streets of Toledo and snuck into some cute stores to do some suvienere shopping. I will talk more about Toledo in another post when Trey and I have made the journey together. It is such a neat city and so close to us we can take mutiple trips. It was time for us to head back to Madrid so we made our way down the city bridge which was stunning all lite up at night, back to the train station. Once we got back to Madrid we made our way to a roof top bar for one last parting drink.
It was a shot trip but ever so sweet! I am so glad I got to share a taste of what Trey and I's life is like here abroad with one of my dear friends.