Weekend in Madrid

After endless weekends of traveling I finally got a weekend to myself to enjoy the city of Madrid again! I had a lovely day yesterday, getting to try all sorts of places and things I haven't had time for lately. Sadly today is spent locked up doing homework but I thought I'd take a quick break for a blog post about the great day I had yesterday! It started as all great mornings do: with brunch. Federal cafe is a hotspot in Malasaña I had heard great things about, and it most definitely lived up. I ordered a large latte (which was indeed very large, much larger than most Spanish lattes tend to be) and a yogurt parfait with fruit and muesli. It was so sweet and the coffee was so rich and creamy. All in all a great meal and surrounded by great people. Afterwards I headed back to my neighborhood for Carmen's weekly figure drawing class, which I've missed the past 5 or so Saturdays because of travel. I was so happy to get to spend 3 hours drawing again and just relaxing. She plays such calming music while we draw and I really enjoy meeting all her eclectic artist friends. The group was bigger this time so there were lots of new faces! The relaxation continued after as I went to get a manicure and pedicure for the first time in two months. While it wasn't quite as good as the ones I get at home, which simply can't be beaten, this one came pretty close. The salon was so beautiful, with a Parisian theme (where I'm headed next weekend!) and charming accents of shades of pink and neutrals. It really gave off a lovely vibe, making me feel even more relaxed while I got my nails painted. To end the day I got dinner at an adorable cafe called Cappuccino where we drank wine and had the perfect Halloween dish: pumpkin soup. It was so rich and delicious and herds of people in scary costumes kept rollerblading past the patio as we ate! It was certainly a festive meal for the holiday and so fun to sit and chat with a friend for a while! Even though it would've been fun to have gone to Barcelona with the rest of the abroad Dukies, I'm glad I still had an enjoyable Halloween here in Madrid!

The rare jack-o-lantern spotted at Federal

The rare jack-o-lantern spotted at Federal

Brunch! 

Brunch! 

My lovely latte  

My lovely latte  

Cookies all dressed for Halloween at Federal

Cookies all dressed for Halloween at Federal

More festive displays at Federal

More festive displays at Federal

Adorable nail salon! 

Adorable nail salon! 

A lovely sunset in Madrid last night

A lovely sunset in Madrid last night

A little throwback to Halloween on Cottage Place...I was so obsessed with that baby bop costume!  

A little throwback to Halloween on Cottage Place...I was so obsessed with that baby bop costume!  

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