MY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE FOOTBALL MATCH, AND IT WAS IN SPAIN!

“I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.” – John Edward Masefield

I spent a week in Spain; three whole days in Barcelona and three whole days in Madrid, with one day being a travel day from Barca to Madrid via train. Although I didn’t do any of the “touristy” things to do, best believe you’ll enjoy yourself with all that Spain has to offer.

The Breakdown:

Duration: August 19th to the 25th

  • Airline: America Airlines

Train: Around $100USD

  • The trains are comfortable and smooth, and the views are beautiful.

Accommodations:

SoHo Hotel: August 19th-22nd

Dear Madrid: August 22nd-25th

Average Daily Spending: $20-$30

FC Barcelona vs Real Betis Camp Nou

Great Seats! Section 131- Lateral 1 Preminum via viagogo $242.50

Suggestions, Tips, and Recommendations:

  • For a nice meal and good atmosphere, check out Oven Mozzarella Bar. I loved it so much! They have a couple different locations around Madrid… I’d take another long flight just for their food, thats how serious it is!
  • Walk around. The streets were pretty safe and there’s usually people always out.
  • Hop on a train and take it to a random stop, because why not? Especially if you’re close to the metro, go for it! We took the train, in Madrid, to a random stop and got some delicious ice cream, walked around for a few, then went back to base.
  • BUDGET YOURSELF! Spain isn’t a backpackers budget-friendly place in my book. If you’re going with the intentions to shop and to do a couple of touristy things make sure you’re prepared. Just don’t over do yourself.
  • Shop! Shop! Shop! If I didn’t put myself on a budget when I headed out to Spain, I would’ve came back to the states with Spain… seriously. They have so many stores and things to spend your money on that its just hard not to concentrate on buying something.
  • Row a boat in Retiro Park. Hashtag Beautiful Experience. (MADRID)
  • See a football game at Camp Nou. Oh mannnn. Firstly, this was my first official live sports game and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The energy there was on top of the world! Get there!:) (BARCELONA)

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