Have been reading many posts on traveling around Europe and it kinda ticks me to do one up too.
So. Much. Memories.
After the study exchange ended in Birmingham, I trained to London to deposit my luggage with my cousin who was studying there permanently. For those that studies in UK should know that their metro stations do not have escalators, it’s all stairs and stairs and never ending stairs. Some stations do have lifts for the handicapped, but there’s stillstairs! So good luck lugging your bigass luggage up and down, but usually the British are really kind people who will offer their help. Spent a day roaming around until night falls, took a bus to Luton Airport. My friends and I booked our tickets through Easyjet to our first stop, Spain (Madrid). The flight was next day 7am and 5am was the check-in. We thought it was really early and hence, decided to camped at the airport overnight.
But guess what, despite camping overnight at the airport….. WE MISSED OUR FLIGHT URGHHHHHH!
Okay, one thing is that London’s airports custom checks are extremely strict. We checked in slightly late, like around 5-ish, went in and saw the long queue for the custom check. And besides the long queue, they are really strict with all the fluids in your hand-carry. I guess I was quite unlucky because the security actually checked through my wallet, like my notes, tickets etc -_- Yup, so ended up missing our flight. Left with no choice, we booked another one on the spot immediately and I think it was about 70pounds.
And we’ve finally landed in Madrid!!!!!
Madrid was a nice city, with street artists everywhere. Metro was convenient as well, but are quite expensive though. Single trip was about 2.20 euros. Madrid was also the place where I first had llao llao! It was good, but I really do not understand the hype going on in Singapore.
We stayed at this hostel at the city centre area which i forgot the name. & seized the opportunity to take photo with our first European friend! He’s spanish, and oh his command of English isn’t very good. So you’ll probably be facing some difficulties. One advice is to download language apps for some basic words!
Visited a museum and it was free entry! Always check on their website if it says complimentary for student or what not. You need to show proof though, like the student visa chop on your passport or any International student card.
Madrid was nothing short of amazing. People on the streets were fashionable, many street artists as well. Weather was good with the sun blazing cause we were kinda sick of the cold and wet weather for the past few months! So I guess a little tanning on random grass patches won’t hurt 😉
Till then, up next will be Barcelona! ( WE TOOK A 8 HOUR BUS RIDE THERE HOHO)