Living in Madrid
Living in Madrid Reviews
Dec 18, 2007
I´d like to share some facts and figures with you guys about living in the metropol Madrid. For about 5 months I´ve been living and working (an internship) in the capital city of Spain. I´ll make some headings so it will be easier to search for different topics.
To find a place to live, like a shared appartment, in this city isn´t really an easy job. The appartments are old, dirty and very expensive. I got lucky and found a nice place just about 20-30min. by metro to the very city centre (Sol). My advice: keep looking and searching on the internet. Connections with natives will be very handy!
There are a lot of different supermarkets in Madrid. The most famous ones are El Corte Inglés, Hipercor and Carrefour. They´ll will have almost everything you´ll be looking for, but the prices are quiet high. If you´ve got a budget (as most students do) you can better shop in the following supermarkets; Aldi, Lidl and Día. For vegetables, fruits and meat/fish you could also visit an openmarket.
Mind that products like shampoo, toothpaste, bodylotion etc. are quiet expensive in this city.
Shopping in Madrid is awesome! The best areas for your shopping will be Sol, Gran Vía and Fuen Carral. You´ll have all kinds of different brands (Roxy, H&M, Zara, Mango, Springfield, Bershka, etc. etc.). Big shopping malls like El Corte Inglés can be found everywhere. A nice place to go shopping as well is Principe Pío, this is a huge centre with a lot of nice shops. The prices for clothing and shoes are quiet cheap. When you´ll be here in August of January, you´re very lucky. During these months it´s ´rebajas´--> SALE!! Visit some China shops as well, they´ve got the funniest and weirdest stuff for very low prices.
You´ll find the night-life in this capital city just great! There are lots of clubs, discos and bars. Famous clubs are Joy, Capital, Palacio and Ananda. Visit Plaza Santa Ana for some small but very nice bars or go to the gay ´barrio´ Chueca for some fun. As you can see, there´re lots of opportunities for all kinds of people.
Madrid is a beautiful city with a lot of museums (of which the most famous are El Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen) and beautiful buildings (e.g. El Palacio Real, El Ópera...). There are a lot of nice parks, cinemas, theatres and other great places to visit. Don´t forget the trainstation Atocha-Renfe!
When you´re in Madrid for a longer time, you really have to visit the small places Toledo and El Escorial. These towns are just beautiful!
If you´ve got any questions, feel free to ask them!
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