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From Madrid to Heaven.

My first trip during my exchange to Spain was to Madrid.

There’s a saying people use to describe the city: “De Madrid al cielo y un agujerito para verlo” which translates to “From Madrid to heaven, with a little hole to still see it”. In other words, it’s the next best thing after Heaven. After the trip, I’m not sure if I’d completely agree (then again, I have pretty high expectations) but the city was definitely magnificent!

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This was one of the shots I got near the Triumphal Arch. I loved how it was so bright and lit up, it was particularly beautiful during the night. Oh, and also to show maybe the less elegant but the more fun side of Madrid….this passed by us in the same area. It was the first time I had seen a truck (van? car?) where people would peddle and they had someone serve them beer. Eye-opening!

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One of the coolest things (okay, maybe it’s not the coolest but it’s one of those…”fun fact” facts that if you ever told your friends they would either think you’re super smart or super geeky) we visited was probably “Kilometre Zero”. This is the starting point in Spain from where distances are traditionally measured.

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And of course, any trip of mine wouldn’t be mine without some nice shots of people! I think the highlight shot of this trip was when we visited the glasshouse (the beautiful piece of architect you see at the top of this post). From that picture you could already tell you could do some really cool things with that day’s lighting…so voila!

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I think this made for a really great first excursion. I made a lot of new friends, learned more about the Spanish culture and started capturing memories of an unforgettable experience — it was so exciting to know my adventures was just beginning! Stay tuned — what other beautiful cities await?