Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Flashback! Madrid 2008; or, Messing Around in Boats


In the summer of 2008 I was living in Barcelona, but my boyfriend was working in Madrid. Normally he came back for the weekend, since we both had more friends in Barcelona and there were more things (for us) to do. Plus, sorry Madrileños, but Barcelona is just cooler... ; )

However, Madrid is certainly very cool too, and riding a paddle boat a few weeks back in Mexico City reminded me of a wonderful day we spent rowing boats around the artificial boats in el Parque de Buen Retiro, one of my favourite parks anywhere!

It was so much fun, though it did expose me a tiny bit to some of the unbelievable chauvinism that still exists in Spain. When we were getting into our boat, the man in charge indicated the passenger seat and snapped at me, "La mujer aquí"-- the woman goes here! I spluttered something that didn't make any sense but made sure I was the one who rowed the boat back in! And if you're thinking that perhaps it was a one off and that guy was just old... well, that night we went out for dinner, and were given a menu each... except that my menu didn't have any prices on it!





top: Smoking Lily
grey top: H&M
shorts: from Barcelona
sunglasses: from the street (literally, I found them on the street, I know that's a bit manky but they were kind of cool in 2008)!


Arielle said...

i couldn't help but giggle at your story about the menu's and you receiving one with no prices. pretty ridiculous!

but your pictures are beautiful and you look lovely :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Such awesome photos! it looks so fun :D

SG said...

Excellent photos. I am always attracted to water. Spaniards are male chauvinists. No doubt about it.

Ashley said...

Yeah, unfortunately that seems to be a common latin theme. I think they'll start to break out of the sexism least I hope. On another note, I'd LOVE to go to Spain!

Gets said...

Found them on the street?!? Haha dang! I'm like living for the day where nice stuff are mine for the picking, but that's obviously not gonna happen. Lucky you!

Lol definitely going to make it a point to visit Spain soon too. It sounds like a cool (albeit strange) experience! Though that boating guy shouldn't have been snapping at you since they are so chauvinistic and all ey? Haha cool that you rowed back in though. Good for you! xD

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Krystal said...

that is so weird about the menu and boat! ahh!

Krystal said...

and p.s. i liked you already but your watership down comment made ME LOVE YOU! that is so awesome!!

Diana said...

ah another beautiful place! thats funny about the menu does that mean it was expensive! and i love your top :)

Emilie said...

Madrid is so beautiful, need to go back there :) haha, love the menu-story :)


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Rio said...

I know a couple of people who went to Spain for school, and both came back with similar stories! Gotta love it haha! ;) I love your giraffe t-shirt, though! :)

A said...

Beautiful pictures :)

How many countries/cities have you been to?

BTW, I replied to your comment. I agree with you in totality.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Good for you for rowing the boat back in! I love being out on the water (usually in a kayak), but sadly didn't get the chance to go this summer. Perhaps I can squeeze in some time for it before it gets too cold for such activities...

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

P.S. That giraffe top is terrific! :)

devilishlypleasurable said...

love these shots. so sunny and with glistening waters!

The October Issue said...

ooo me gustaria ir a Madrid!

Giovanna ♥ said...

So pretty pictures!
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Anonymous said...

Nice pics!
Love the outfit!


hiven said...

the more photos i see of you, the more amazing i think you are

Raquel said...

i've never been to madrid, only barcelona (which I loved!) but my sister have, and she loved it!!!

Molly said...

ummm, so they have menus printed up WITHOUT prices specifically for women? Ya, that's just weird and seems like a big huge hassle.

Anthea said...

Now I really feel like rowing a boat! Don't ever think I've really done that before. Hmmm, thanks for the idea!

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