My life in Madrid!!!

Ok so will try to update this one, as it was from 2010 when I started my blog and thought to have a bit of me in it. Even if sad stories, they are all part of me. If you have read my blog, you know that Madrid is special for me. The many times there, living there, having great times there is enough. However, it has something do not know what, another similar place perhaps is Paris or Versailles or even now little Pluvigner all dear homes, and they have been many , or about one domicile every five years!!

However, one can only match one perhaps Versailles or Daytona Beach, or Miramar, cities where marriage or kids were born or live longer. Do not know, do not have the answer but Madrid is very huge, attaching perhaps I know something Ernest Hemingway did not know. Tim Parfitt wrote greatly of it and it touch me , many others have. Again Madrid is simply special. If I go to Spain, to say was there need to past by Madrid. Period. Let me tell you a bit about my life in Madrid!!!

First, my grandparents ,paternal and maternal are from Tenerife, Canary Islands of Spain. Especifically from Candelaria and Pajarà. I, as my parents were born in Punta Brava, La Habana (Havana), Cuba. And due to political sad stories we needed to leave.

I arrived from Havana, Cuba on December 30th 1970 in a lonely long flight of 16 hours aboard a Britannia four propellers aircraft of Cubana de Aviacion, with a fueling stop in Santa Maria, Azores islands of Portugal. After much political pressure and the help of the Spanish government as Spanish citizens to leave the island dictatorship. I ended in another one!!! Left or right both bad for the human race.

My early life was accompanying my mother Gladys as my father Elio had already escape by boat to the USA in 1967. We were supported there by my father with remittances so we were not dependant on anything or anybody. I was lucky enough thru an old family friend to enrolled in the Real Madrid training camps in football/soccer, baseball, and volleyball. We practice all over mostly in the Ciudad Deportiva or sports city and Casa de Campo installations and baseball at the parque de la Elipa (still the Madrid federation main baseball field today ).

I would go by bus (do not remember the old number! ) to the Ciudad Deportiva in the Paseo de la Castellana. No longer since 2004 or thereabout and now call the Cuatro Torres or Four tower business complex. These four towers are  Torre Cepsa, Torre PwC, Torre de Cristal and Torre Espacio. Closest Metro Begoña on line 10. It is near the inner beltway of Madrid the road M-30 north on Paseo de la Castellana. To the Parque Elipa I went by the old P13 bus line now is the 113.

We lived in a modest apartment or piso at C/Alcala 331, 2do A , Bùzon 67, Madrid 27, or at the 331 Alcalà street, 2nd floor apartment A, mailbox 67, Madrid zip/postal code 28027. This is metro Quintana ,line 5 right there as you come up/ Past the Ventas monumental bullfight ring into working class Madrid. The photo from September 1990.

madrid calle de alcala PF out of metro quintana back right apt used to lived sep90

The time was spent at school, very strict, chasing girls not so strict, and playing sports. Helping my mother as always with her to go out shopping and doing the house work. I was a busy young men. My most memorable experience was going out with the adults who would take me to the different tapas restaurants for a caña ,a glass of beer or chatico, a glass of wine. The favorites hangouts then were Timbales,Casa Paco,Las Cuevas de Luis Candela,Cafe Gijon,Cerveceria Alemana,and many small unkown places all over Madrid.

These outing made it possible for me to know most of Madrid or all at that time. I was helping out those shy by the authorities as well. Something that I am very proud of today. Spaniards do not know yet what they have gain, many wasted on nationalistic fervor that is and can only be dangerous to the health of the country. I went a lot to the Retiro park always memorable, and of course to the Parque de la Montaña  (very famous name in Madrid and Spain history) right next to Parque del Oeste to ride the cable car or Teleferico.

Sports wise, going to Casa de Campo for the Real Madrid training was great. I played in the Alavin,and Benjamin divisions, and were Champions of Spain in 1972-73. The Elipa baseball complex was great too as we played against the US base at Torrejon de Ardoz, as the serviceman kids had a team. Other teams that I remembered were the Abraham Lincoln school (famous name ), Condepols, Piratas, and the sponsored Rayo Vallecano and Atletico de Madrid teams.

I was poor then, and no money to buy a camera and take photos. My only photos are from 1990 when came back visiting from the USA. However, I have only from that period, it was my passport photo!


Madrid will always be one of my homes no matter where I must live in the World. Once biten it is hard not to missed the city friendly casual ambiance. Another city in the trail of Ernest Hemingway !! I left the city on May 10 ,1974 as a resident citizen, to reunite with my father in Perth Amboy, NJ USA. However, been back several times .  From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday. Hasta pronto!!!

Hope you appreciate the story , sometimes hidden to avoid getting out of the travel theme of my blog. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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4 Comments to “My life in Madrid!!!”

  1. Great story. I enjoyed reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great nostalgia! I looked up the Madrid address on Google Street- very nice … thanks for sharing

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