Still Life Spain
.Spain’s capital city is a Tapas board full of energy and life, serving up quintessentially Iberian experiences infused with hot spices and even hotter tempers. Here, you will witness everyday conversations unfold like seductive flamenco dances or debates turn into full-on bull-fights; whatever they do, our Spanish friends don’t ever hold back in passion and enthusiasm. Nowhere can this vivacious quality be better observed than in Madrid, a city that boasts such magnificent sights as the world-famous Prado museum and the Plaza Mayor. Walking on the backstreets of Madrid can sometimes feel like looping back to another time, where sweet old grannies shout shopping lists from their decaying balconies to beautiful and buxom young girls – presumably their granddaughters – and where clothes are still hung to dry on rusty lines with old fashioned pegs, handed down from one generation to the next. It is a time capsule that somehow doesn’t age, despite the fact that everyone has smartphones and computers
But do not underestimate Madrid for the quaintness of its streets and the sincerity of its inhabitants: this is Spain’s economic and cultural powerhouse, on which the rest of the nation relies. The city repeatedly ranks among the top three populated cities of Europe and has a constant influx of newcomers arriving here to make it in the big city. So if you want action, you need to look no further. Countless nightclubs and bars will keep you pumping through the night, and the Rioja will do the rest. And if you do want to go out, don’t even bother leaving home before midnight: everything starts late and ends even later. Everything.