In Madrid, we took a walking tour through the downtown area to look at some important buildings and shops. Madrid is the largest city in Spain, and is the capital of the entire country.
The city of Madrid has an overall newer feeling than Barcelona. It reminds me of the steam-punk style of science-fiction, with the industrial building designs and everything in every tone of brown.
We also spent some time in Toledo, a previous capital of Spain, known for its craftsmanship with metal. It was the capital during the time of Muslim rule. This was a dynasty that lasted for nearly four hundred years.
Of the two cities, I prefer Toledo to Madrid. The narrow streets, classic feeling shops, and mountain-city feeling somehow put me at home. Although I grew up in a forest, I find myself comparing cities to my home. The tight streets feel to me like underbrush, and the old buildings are like tall pine trees. The happy people make me think of morning birds, chirping at the sun. And, more than anything I suppose, the sword shops make me think of dressing as a knight and running through the forest to slay monsters with my brothers, like I did as a child.