Do you know that feeling when you are in a unknow city but it feels like home? Maybe it is a sensation only people have who moved from their „home“-country when they were young or maybe also when the decision wasn’t made by them selves!?! Well I just arrived at Madrid and I feel like I have just arrived at home. Maybe its not Madrid, maybe it is only Chueca. This barrio fits to me like anything else and not only because it is the so called „gay-at-heart“place. I have to admit I love gay places, even if I am not – cause they have this sense for the beauty of things that makes things more „perfect“. I can’t explain, but even in Vienna I love those places- it some kind of feels more comfortable- maybe because I am a woman.
Madrid itself was never the city where I wanted to go- now I am wondering why and why Barcelona had such “hype“ the last years. I have to say: It was a fault not to come earlier! Its love at the first sight and if it goes on like that I may think about living here…who knows, I am kind of a jumpy-person and change my mind about that issue every 2 hours. J
But when I read in Lonely Planet „ chichi new places“ and that people do not sleep much in Madrid I noticed some parallels: I am called chichi and I kindly sleep … but there were some more. I have to recommend the small Lonely Planet Guide I bought- it has the right size and the right information in it.
In Fashion things I was wondering in the subway how „classy“ people seem to be here – I have never seen so many beige pants on men in my life with that typical pullover and chemise- little bit boring – also the shoes gg But in Chueca it is quite different- people dress more „cool“ or better said „good looking but own style“ – I like it very much! – well that’s what I have seen so long…
I have to recommend my pension in Chueca! A really nice pension called „chuecapension“ (easy to remember) just around the corner of the plaza chueca, quite, clean and in the middle of a lot of shops and cafeterias/bars. Beni, the owner is really cute and I felt like home in a sec. But u may have to take some oropax with you if you have a light sleep- like in many places in spanish cities.
After checking in I walked a little bit around and found „shangay“- a gay fashion & lifestyle magazine that looks really good- and where I found it, it was full of fashion stores- I will look closer tomorrow. It seems like I managed to live in the middle of the district I would choose if I would move to Madrid- really funny, as I didn’t even know that when I booked the pension.
As the day was long and I hadn’t much sleep the last days I had some claras (beer and lemon juice) at a really nice cafe just around the corner. A really pleasure! The decoration is made with so much love and style that even the waitress does not let you change chairs from one tablet to the other (one tourist thought another would be more comfortable) as it would destroy the perfect decoration and style of the cafe. I loved that reaction! Everything has ist place and the bohemian and even romantic style of this place is marvellous! As you may see on the pictures I will get the name today
So then, time to go to sleep!
Not so much Fashion today. But tomorrow!