This was the very first time I traveled by myself, a mixture of boredom and seek of adventure led me to the decision of booking the cheapest flights I could find to somewhere random.
The first thing I noticed about traveling alone is the sense of freedom you get from knowing that you don`t have to wait for fo anyone and that when you arrive at your destination there will be no one waiting for you either. It is kind of weird but you get used to the feeling.
This time, the chosen destination was Santander, Cantabria, a little city of Spain. The first thing you notice when you get there is how small the size of the city is, the airport is the first indicative of that.
I landed mid-day around 12, so I had the rest of the day for some sightseen. First, I went to my AirBnB (in the city center, 10 min drive from the airport, yes, Santander is that small) to leave my luggage, then I went for a walk along the beach side, 30 min walking and I was already at the end of the city, “El Palacio De La Magdalena”.
“The Palace of La Magdalena is the most emblematic building of the city of Santander and one of the most prominent examples of civil architecture in northern Spain. With a majestic landscape, it is situated at the highest point of the Peninsula bearing the same name. Its construction, between 1908 and 1912, following the plans of Gonzalo Bringas and Javier González de Riancho, resulted from a municipal initiative: the Town Council wanted to present Kings Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia with a summer residence to consolidate the summer tradition that was taking root in the city and its province. The monarchs and their children spent their summers between 1913 and 1930 in Cantabria. Apparently, it was the Queen, called Ena in the privacy of her family, who especially enjoyed the landscape and the architecture, very close to those of her native England: writers and poets evoked her homesickness for the Isle of Wight and they actually associated it with her stay in Santander and her subsequent exile.”
And don´t miss what you get to see by turning 180º:
After that long walk, I was hungry and tired, so I stopped by a random restaurant and asked for a burger, that was when I realized that Santander wasn’t cheap at all.
The day after, I took the bus and went to Comillas, a little town 40KM away from Santander. The place town was incredibly beautiful, but the sights it offered to the sea, were just unbelievable, a picture is worth a thousand words:
The third day in the morning I had my flight back to Barcelona. This was my very first Solo Traveling experience, and I am doing it again for sure. During this little time, I forced myself to go outside my social box where I am always surrounded by people, and spent some quality time with myself, I went through mental conversations about what was next for me in my life and I got to know ME a little better, and I loved it.