My Crystal Palace

By  |  No comments yet - start the discussion!

How I Cured The Sunday Depression

It may sound strange to you, but I’m not one of those people that hate Mondays. I used to hate Sundays. It was the only day of the week when I was depressed for no reason. The day meant that I just had few hours to switch my mood from weekend to work , none of my friends was in for something fun and above all, the TV programs on Sunday always suck.

Years have passed by carrying the wish to delete Sunday from the calendar. And wait, it gets worse! I moved to Madrid and the first weeks were all like Sundays. I had no friends to go out with to eat or drink or just visit something. Plus my attitude wasn’t all the time “I can rock the world alone”. But still, I am an positive (ambitious) person and one morning I felt the need for a walk in the park. And the best place to satisfy this need is to go to Retiro.

 Would you take a walk with me?

Would you take a walk with me?

King Alfonso XII is watching us

King Alfonso XII is watching us

It was sunny and on one of the lakes sides I saw a terrace.  I found the perfect table and I ordered a tinto de verano (summer red – similar to sangria).  The mix between the drink and the sun boosted my moral and I felt the need to explore the park a little bit. So I left the terrace and took the first alley behind it. It wasn’t very crowded but between the trees I saw the sun reflected in something glass or steel… couldn’t tell. When I reached the end of the road I was already mesmerized. I better leave the pictures with Palacio de Cristal to show you understand why.

Lake view with my Crystal Palace

Lake view with my Crystal Palace

Surround the Palace to admire the painted ceramics

Surround the Palace to admire the painted ceramics

Have you ever seen these beautiful colours?

Have you ever seen these beautiful colours?

Day dreaming inside the Palace

Day dreaming inside the Palace

This discovery has turned into my way to charge my batteries. Every Sunday morning I go to Retiro, I have my coffee in the sun (yes, in Madrid is sunny 90% of the time) and then, for few minutes, I feel like a princess in my Crystal Palace.

So when you come to Madrid don’t miss out the opportunity to feel like me.



Alexandra Dinca

Alexandra is a Romanian girl attending a MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Madrid.

She traded her professional experience in auctions because she trusted Confucius saying "Chose a job you love and you will never have to work day in your life".

Gourmand, passionate about Real Madrid and a luxury-lover she will represent Madrid.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

17 − ten =