Published: March 26th 2012March 26th 2012
Today is our third and final day in Madrid. The morning of our first day here we toured the royal palace of Madrid and people watched in a buzzing plaza. There are musicians, human statues, and all kinds of entertainersto see! My favorite was listening to a man musically play on kitchen pots while watching a group of boys perform soccer tricks outside the national theater.
This truly is the city that never sleeps! We went on a pub crawl and at 4am the city streets are as packed as 4 in the afternoon!! (No worries: we were out with our hostel's hype girl/guide). We had a blast crawling with some people we met from New York, Canada, Argentina and Spain- who helped me with my Spanish, too. We covered our bases and tried Spanish sangria, margaritas and the mojitos are unbelievable! We've eaten well two: traditional paella (a rice dish) and the olive oil is SO sweet. We stumbled upon a little counter/diner where we ate dinner last night, and met some Californians. We went with them to a jazz/flamenco bar, and when we came back to our hostel, our receptionist friend greeted us with freshly made croissants he was cooking for breakfast already!
We shopped in El Rastro, a huge flea market, and made some great buys. AND, surprisingly, found a Spanish priest who outdid Father John´s speedy mass; we sat for less than forty minutes.
Today we´re going to check out the park called Buen Retiro and tonight we catch a night train to Paris.
Hasta luego, de España! Y hasta Paris!