Mountains of Madrid: Bustarviejo
When my roommate asked me to go with her and her friend to Bustarviejo, I wasn’t sure what to say. It was the dead of winter, though I knew it would be cold and covered in snow, it would be lovely. Besides, the idea of getting away from Madrid for a short while and breathing some clean mountain air was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
|View from the City|
Bustarviejo has about 1600 inhabitants, and its altitude is about 1,200 meters, located in the province north of Madrid. There is a Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Constitucion, where the Ayuntamiento (government building) was built in the 18th century. When this town has its own running of the bulls, these areas are flooded with people celebrating. The provincial and familial feeling typical of Spain is present, where everyone greets one another in the street, and there are many tapas bars. It even has its own town fool, whom the inhabitants refer to with a smile.
Though I slept in flannel pajamas and kept my socks on, wrapped and covered in several blankets, the next morning made it well worth the trip. The sun was shining over the mountains making the snow glisten and the streets perfectly still – something one rarely finds in the city.