Going to a new country is always so much fun, it’s amazing how different each country and city feels from the others. It’s like stepping into a whole new world.

We arrived here very late last night, and went straight to bed. Our hostel is right next door to the metro stop so we didn’t get lost even for a second trying to find it, quite a feat for us. 🙂

Our first day in Madrid was Ash Wednesday. Because we would be fasting, we didn’t plan anything too vigorous for the day. First, we went to mass at the Catedral de la Almudena.



The mass was beautiful and Ivana was able to understand the homily because she speaks Spanish like a rockstar. 😉 She filled Kathleen in after mass that the priest was saying that while it is important for us to seize every opportunity to grow in holiness during lent, e.g. make the little sacrifices that make us uncomfortable, take the time to pray more, focus on the season; it is also necessary to remember what we are preparing for, Easter, the moment of our redemption!

We walked around and sat in the sun in front of the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) which is right next door to the cathedral.


We then went back to our hostel to make some lunch. Not a baguette, you will be pleased to hear! Because this hostel has a full kitchen, we were able to prepare ravioli with cheese sauce and crusty cheese bread and a pear for lunch. It was so delicious and definitely a welcomed change from our previous meal choices.

After lunch, we went back outside. We explored further past the cathedral and the palace into more of the heart of the city. We passed a very cute cafe/restaurant where we hope to go for lunch one of our days here.

For dinner we had a yogurt. Soon afterwards we headed to bed, we were tired from walking around all day, but are excited to see what tomorrow will bring!


❤ i&k