I live in the capital of Spain, my house is in the outskirts of Madrid but I consider myself to live in the city as well.
Firstly, my hometown is serene, not to be confused with quiet. When you live in a small town you need to know where to go, when to go, and with whom to go. That's exactly what makes a town enjoyable: the corners where you make memories and what will make you nostalgic about it when you take off. I’m especially drawn to the more verdant refuges in my hometown; we are surrounded by parks. Some of my best memories are just taking walks and spending time sitting on the grass with friends, pulling out grass unconsciously as we go through what's been going on in town.
Night life is spent in parks and squares as well. In my town they're set at the center, walking distance from houses but far enough from them so that people can bring their cars and blast music. The rest of entertainment is created by you and your friends.
What I also like about the place I live in is that it's pretty close to the city. If I feel like I need more buzz, I’m just an hour away from downtown! Now that's something I love. Madrid is a cosmopolitan; I’d like to think of it as a Spanish version of New York. I love the culture, so many nooks and crannies with great ambiance in which you can have some drinks or just people watch.
Everything is nearby; you turn around, great shops, turn around again, great bars and cafés, just turn around once more and find great cinemas, museums, clubs, you name it. The best part about discovering these small places is that you support the local businesses which in turn promote the formation of an even stronger character.
Chueca: LGBT district, hip bars, individualistic fashion
Malasaña, Lavapies, La Latina, Arguelles: bares, garitos, music, art.
Barr. Salamanca, Serrano: luxurious, high class fashion and night life.
Madrid centro: tourism, classics, multicultural, art and museums, the original Castilian gastronomy like the churros con chocolate.
You'll always fit in Madrid, there's a district for each personality type! However, regardless of the wide range of offers, a city will only be satisfying if the ambiance is good, and that depends on the locals. Our personality is lively and individualistic. The youth is politically active against adversity, which doesn't change how humorous and fun loving we are. You'll find anything in this exciting city, so be prepared to be amazed!
Your hometown doesn't have to be exotic and glamorous; it's actually quite rare that it's either of them. But if it is, then you better make sure that you make use of it and enjoy.