Indian society , parents and their dilemma about their girl child is always inclined towards protecting them from all the evil and substandard characters around them. Well for how long can it prevail if the soul always wanders. My best friend and I were always a team to look out for offbeat locations in India. After travelling in the major parts of the country we were longing for a international trip together and for that we had to not only manage the parents but our professional setup as well. Well, you wouldn't believe it took almost a year for us to convince everyone that how capable and responsible we are to be taking this trip.
Locations we finalised were - Spain and Portugal - Why? Considering the logistics, expenses and the month were travelling in was favourable for these countries, it was ideal to be roaming around the places that were near and easy to cover within the given timelines of 12 days.
We started looking out for our flights , hostels and internal transfers to other cities and Portugal. So, for the return tickets costed us 77000 Inr from India ~ Spain ~spain ~India ( For 2 adults) not bad right? and then the hostels and airbnb to different locations costed us another 30,000 Inr.
Day 1 - 22Feb'18 - India ~ Spain(Madrid) 2 Days
Honestly, I was the first one in my maternal and paternal side to be honouring this trip on my own! Yay! Landed in Madrid at about 8:30 pm. Airport was entirely empty and we couldn't get the local SIM cards , with the directions we managed to get the local metro that was within the airport only, now the challenge was how to figure out which way should we take the train and after lot of whispering we gauged the guts to reach out to the local traveler to guide us(thinking he might judge us, racism could be on his mind and what if he ll mock us) but our first experinece in that country was very good, he guided us pretty well and was there in the same train and even notified at our stop. That was the nearest place from our Airbnb, thankfully we had all the docs and screenshots of the addresses. Took the exit from the station where there was no escalators and we being the excited souls were carrying 22kgs luggage each alongside the handbags ( that's how prepared we were) dragging those suitcases all the way and we saw the first sight of the city and - Aww may gawd!!! that was so stunning, just kept standing for a while to embrace that moment. Somehow managed to reach our airbnb - So that was one tiny room in that floor with shared washroom and kitchen but the balcony was worth the picture.
We kept roaming like nomads, of course that was the idea and we discovered some pretty nice places - El Retiro park , Madrid central, food joints , flee markets and castles with loads of pictures. We had a clear understanding that one phone will be used for clicking photographs and the other one for the google maps.