I stayed at the No Name Hostel. They had a convenient calendar of free and cheap events for their guests. On a free city tour I met a group of guys and gals from England who just graduated from “uni”. In addition to teaching them how to dougie, and the meaning being the song “Rack City”, learning some new lingo and brushing up on my own English accent, I had a ton of fun exploring Madrid with them.
I was also able to go to the Prato and Reina Sofia. The latter had a great collection of work by Picasso and Dali that I really enjoyed.