My first visit to Madrid and Spain did not get off to a smooth start. It had nothing to do with the city or the country, instead it was the airline that almost screwed up this trip. That is a different story that I will get into at another time.
I finally made it to Madrid, two days later than planed and I was tired, pissed off and wondering how I was going to change all my plans and reservations for the rest of the trip. Because of this I was not in the right mind frame to experience Madrid like I should have. It also did not help that it was Sunday and everything was closed. I also had only planned one day there because a friend had advised me that was enough. I left Madrid saying that I would not return.
Fast forward to two years later and I found myself returning to Spain. My reason for visiting was to participate in an English Immersion Program for Spaniards called Vaughan Town. This program is a six day program and is based out of Madrid. Because of this I had a couple of days to explore the city after the program had ended. I found a great city with a lot to offer visitors.
Madrid is a city that has taken me some time to warm up to. I did not like it instantly like some other place that I have visited. I have since been back a third time and really like exploring the city.
What a difference does two years and a good attitude make!
Have you ever returned to a place that you did not like the first time?