So this has been quite the eventful weekend here in Madrid. Some big things took place during the past few days:
1. Spain won the European Cup title
2. Madrid hosted one of the largest gay pride festivals in the world
3. And I experienced a whole new way of enjoying pork
There is not much to be said about the Euro Cup Championship other than Spain proved, once again, to be the best football team in the world, and in my opinion, also the best looking.
The big win was only the conclusion to a wild and crazy weekend in Madrid. Every year the city is flooded with men and women from around the world to participate in the Orgullo celebration (orgullo means “pride” in Spanish). While the celebration lasts about 3 days, the main attraction is the parade on Saturday which hosts ….. pretty much all walks of life. One thing I loved about this celebration was that even though it is advertised as a gay pride celebration, the entire city got involved to show their support. It was a really fun event and definitely brought an exciting energy to the city!
Lastly, the weekend was made complete by a visit from a few American friends. As they were ending their European tour, I was excited to show them around the city during the last few days of their month-long excursion. While completely unnecessary, the boys were kind enough to invite me to dinner with them to Sobrino de Botín as a thank you for the unofficial tour. In case you didn’t know, Sobrino de Botín is also known as the oldest restaurant in the WORLD. The specialty at this restaurant is cochinillo,or suckling pig. And even though it is a six person requirement, the four of us ordered not just a portion, but the entire pig. I will say that it was a bit odd to have my dinner looking at me while I ate, but the taste of the pork was unlike any I have ever had before. The skin was super crispy and the meat was tender and juicy and the entire restaurant smelled like bacon sizzling on the stove. I also took a taste of a couple more unusual parts of the animal that were considered delicacies, specifically the brains and the tongue. I don’t necessarily recommend getting as adventurous as I did, but I definitely recommend visiting this restaurant if you ever find yourself in Madrid. Reservations are easily made (we made our Friday reservations for the same night) and the price point is extremely reasonable considering the restaurant’s fame.
It was a great weekend in Madrid and I hope you enjoyed a little peek at it!!