Sometimes you just need to get away from your daily routine and do something different. And sometimes it’s more about getting away from your surroundings and seeing somewhere new.
I was starting to feel the usual urge to get out in the world a bit and do some travelling. I’d come to the realisation that I hadn’t really been on holiday since last June when I spent my birthday in Rome.
Well, other than when I went home to Canada to surprise the family back in October. As lovely as that was, it was less a holiday for me as for them if that makes sense.
Anyway, my decision to go to Madrid last weekend was fairly spur of the moment as I happened to find a super cheap flight online so decided to go for it. Once that was booked, I found a simple little room that was quite central and walking distance to the Chueca area (where the gay bars are).
What also helped the decision was I have a friend that moved back there from London about 6 years ago and we hadn’t seen each other in at least that long. We’d talked several times about me coming over for a visit, but I’d never gotten around to it.
Plus surprisingly I’d never been to Madrid before. Any other trips I’d taken to Spain over the years have always been in the South or to Gran Canaria (where I’ll be visiting once again this coming April..).
Interestingly, unlike other trips I’ve made in the past, I didn’t really have a plan for once I’d arrived. I’d kinda looked online at what there was to do there, but instead decided to just wing it and see where the weekend took me.
I just wanted to have a nice fun, relaxing weekend. And that’s exactly what I got.
Unfortunately, my friend that lives there was going to be in Seville for most of the weekend and wouldn’t be free until Sunday afternoon/evening. So that meant I had from Friday afternoon until then to keep myself entertained.
After checking into my little room (when they said small single, they weren’t kidding!), I grabbed a map and started wandered around the immediate area to get my bearings and to find a bite to eat. It’s definitely a walking city (with an extensive Metro system) and I found my way around easily.
Once back in my room to relax a bit in the evening, I logged into the usual social/dating apps to see what sort of guys were in the area. I had a few messages from a couple guys but one definitely caught my eye.. a tall, fit, sexy guy who clearly liked chubbier guys.
After a bit of online chatting and flirting, we decided to meet up for a drink and he even offered to meet me at my hostal to walk to the bar together. Such a gentleman.
We spent a lovely evening together in a couple of bars chatting about life, drinking, and yes, flirting like crazy. We seemed to get along quite easily and it felt quite comfortable spending time together… so much so, that I stayed at his place that night and we spent most of the next day together cuddled up on his sofa.
Such an amazing way to spend the day and get to know each other a bit. I’d originally planned on leaving around midday to play tourist, but the day completely got away from us. Next thing we knew it was about 6pm and he had to get ready to meet some friends for dinner, so I leisurely walked back to my hostal with a promise to meet up later in the evening for drinks.
What I hadn’t expected was to get to meet a couple of his friends when we went out for drinks that night. And one friend of a friend turned out to be a guy I used to run into occasionally at the bear bar in Soho. We weren’t friends so I didn’t even know he’d moved to Spain.
Anyway, it was a fun evening but I chose to be a ‘good boy’ and go back to my hostal for the night so I could get up and do the touristy thing on Sunday.. though I could have easily spent the entire weekend with him. He was that easy to get along with, and it seemed like the feeling was mutual.
The rest of the weekend was spend wandering around, seeing the sites as planned, and then meeting up with my mate Sunday evening for a couple of drinks and a catch up. He took me to an area I hadn’t explored yet but was quite close to when walking back from my new friend’s place.
All in all it was an excellent weekend away. And as glad as I was to get home Monday evening, I could have easily stayed a couple more days. I found the city to be quite comfortable to walk around with lots to look at. And yeah, lots of handsome Spanish men to check out.
It’ll definitely be one of those cities I’ll want to return to in the future.. maybe even to visit my new friend. 🙂