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What a week!

Tyrone and I took off to Spain last Monday for an unreal trip to take part in the “American Express Unstaged” music series. From start to finish, we received the Platinum treatment from American Express Canada, including: car service to and from the airport, access to Amex’s premium lounge inside Pearson Airport (available to Platinum Cardmembers), incredible accommodations downtown Madrid at the Hotel De Las Letras (with a wrap-around terrace), private dinner reservations for us and 3 other bloggers, and, of course, tickets to see Coldplay perform at one of Spain’s most famous arenas – Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. And all of this came courtesy of our very own personal Amex concierge and Personalized Travel Services team, who worked with us to plan our perfect itinerary.

We were only in Madrid for 48 hours, but we managed to create some lasting memories. We wandered the city streets, taking in the architecture, the Spanish culture and of course, the shopping! But the main reason for our trip was to see Coldplay perform live as part of the American Express Unstaged music series – the 6th such concert since the program launched last year and the first one outside of North America.

Both Tyrone and I agreed that one of our favourite parts of the show (aside from standing on the same ground where the historic bull fights took place), was when Coldplay’s Chris Martin spray-painted “Madrid” right in front of us on a projection screen. We also loved the fact that thousands of Spanish-speaking fans were singing every word in English, proving music is truly a universal language. It was also cool to see our Toronto Twitter followers tweeting and re-tweeting about watching the concert live with us via VEVO on YouTube – all part of the Unstaged experience.

Coldplay’s amazing performance was the first concert we’ve ever been to that was streamed live around the world, and we hope it’s not our last! In case you missed the live-stream, you can check out clips of the concert here: youtube.com/ColdplayVevo.

Here are a few more photos from our adventure in Spain…

Previously: Coldplay: “Unstaged” In Spain, 1 LOVE T.O. Is Going To Spain!