Looks like a stillife painting…right ?!
That was my #airbnb home in #madrid 😍
I had always opted for a separate #airbnbhome , where the owners just hand over the house keys & then leave for a vacation, while I get to use their apartment.
But this time in Madrid, I shared the apartment with the home owners, while they were living there, going on about, with their daily routine.
It was truly a different experience to live with the locals. This beautiful apartment is owned by 2 amazing, hospitable guys who not only helped me out with the directions, local maps, best eateries in town & other info, but we also used to sit & chat here in this corner, share stories & experiences of our own countries, & people back home. We used to cook & exchange recipes.
I must say, inspite of it being owned by 2 BOYS, there was absolutely no mess or clutter in the house ! 😅 The place was spick n span & immaculately done up.
Yours Truly, on the other hand, bumped into the glass door & splashed coffee all over the place early in the morning (ok, I blame that #sangria from the previous night) 🙈😂😂
Thankfully the boys were still asleep, so I quietly cleaned up everything & behaved like nothing ever happened 😎
I often see people too rigid when it comes to travelling, food, accommodation, or planning their holidays in general.
But these are some experiences that you miss out on, when you insist on swanky hotels, & the typical ‘touristy’ itineraries.
If you truly want to get to know a place, you gotta be open to other cultures, cuisines, mingle with the locals.
Yes, there are all kinds of people in the world; You might not have the best of experiences every time. But that’s the whole point of travelling & exploring new places. Getting out of your comfort zone, trusting people, & yourself, but being street smart at the same time. That’s how you make memories. It’s fun…Try it ! 🙂