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A Proustian Travel Guide: Francisco Trujillo Pérez

A Proustian Travel Guide: Francisco Trujillo Pérez

Francisco Trujillo Perez

Our third Pride-related interview with Norwegian Air cabin crew takes us to Madrid.

Name: Francisco Trujillo Pérez 
Age: 33
Hometown: Madrid 

What are three things people should know about you? 
First of all, I am a very happy person, always with a smile on my face. I like to share as much time as possible with my family and friends. Finally, I love my job as a cabin crewmember, I am so proud to have the opportunity to travel around the world, which included living in Guadeloupe for five months this winter.

When traveling, what do you never leave home without? 
I never forget my training shoes. I always try to find some time to workout—I love to workout outdoors, jogging, swimming, tennis, etc. It is very important to be fit in my job, working as cabin crew member it is very hard due to variable schedules and very long work days.

Where is your all-time favorite travel destination? 
Wow, it is hard to choose just one... But I can say that I never get tired of going to Paris. I have been there many times; it is a magical place. Paris will be forever "the city of love”—there is no other language better than French to say something romantic. That’s my weakness, I am a very romantic person. Live to love!

Describe the perfect weekend in Madrid. 
Madrid’s motto is “From Madrid to Heaven”—there’s so much to do! 

The first night you can go to see a musical, I know it’s a classic, but The Lion King in Spanish is actually amazing. Then you can have a nice dinner in Chueca, the gay district of Madrid, and of course "fiesta". Chueca has plenty of gay clubs, you can start with a drag show in Delirio and have some drinks in Liquid, La Kama or Studio 54, and go to Boite disco to end a super day in "la capital de España". 

The day after you can go for a nice walk to El Retiro park, and then have lunch in La Latina district for drinks and tapas: "cañas y tapas". After lunch, a visit to Sol square and La Plaza Mayor is a must. To finish the second night, you have to go to Sala Cool, a very nice disco club. 

One weekend is not enough to discover Madrid, so you will have to come back for sure!

What is your favorite neighborhood? 
Malasaña is my favorite district. Fuencarral street which leads from Gran Via street to the area of Malasaña has somewhat of a London-like appearance. Hip clothes and a variety of funky shops can be found in this somewhat alternative quarter of Madrid. 

Tell us about your favorite restaurant. 
My favorite restaurant without any doubt in Madrid is Casa Lucio (in the La Latina district). You can´t leave Madrid without tasting the "Huevos rotos" with a good red wine. 

Alive, dead or fictional – who is your favorite local? 
My favorite local is Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish writer who created one of the world's greatest literary masterpieces, Don Quixote, in the early 1600s. Don Quixote became the world's first best-seller and was eventually translated into more than 60 different languages.

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