Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors are living in some of the world's greatest cities. We asked them to hit the streets and give us an inside look at their favorite neighborhoods to hang out and spend an afternoon. From the best coffee shops and restaurants, to the more off the beaten path hidden gems, our Alumni Ambassadors are on the ground abroad & ready to spill their tips!
Best neighborhood in Madrid? La Latina!
Looking for a cool spot to get lost in conversation in a tiny bar over wine, cañas (draft beer) and tapas? Then this is the spot! This barrio boasts some of the city's oldest architecture (hence the name, the "Latin Quarter") and some of its finest cuisine. The streets in La Latina are an illustration of the most popular side of Madrid.
Especially beautiful are the small alleyways nestled between 18th century buildings, and the tiny streets that turn into staircases, where restaurants put tables out on each individual stone step. While dining on one of the many terraces, you'll be accompanied with live music.
This district is often frequented by Madrid locals thanks to its numerous bars, pubs and traditional taverns full of character which you will find in streets such as Cava Baja, Cava Alta and right in the squares of La Cebada and La Paja. Additionally, every Sunday the neighboring streets are home to Madrid's famous El Rastro open-air street market, which is a must see! If you're looking for one of the most genuinely authentic neighborhoods in the city of Madrid, then head on over to La Latina!
Just a small town girl living in a lonely world, Christina Bates decided to leave that small town of Las Vegas, NV in search of a city boy born and raised in South Detroit. She hasn't found him yet, but she's found fun and fulfillment in her job as a TEFL teacher in Madrid. Christina is one of ITA's awesome Alumni Ambassadors and this is her first time living abroad!