Finally moving in the right direction :)
Madrid is a city I know well and enjoy always. Top tip bfor travellers on a budget who enjoy good Chinese food: Go to the top end of Plaza España and look for this entrance to an underground carpark. It's much more than just a carpark, but you would never know.
Keep following the steps until you find the Chinese cafeteria. Delicious, good value food and a rather cool place to be seen it seems.
Madrid has a huge homeless population currently. The most street people I've ever seen in a city. Almost every redundant, dry corner is taken by a rough sleeper. I'm guessing many people have just arrived looking for summer work, but I know many are also permanently on the streets. Pretty sure some foreign tourists to Western Europe would be shocked to see this. The number of people even shocks me. Shouldn't be happening even during times of crisis.
Other than that I'm enjoying as ever.