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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid March 31st 2014

We arrived at Madrid this morning following our overnight flight from Miami. Everything has gone well with the journey so far. We have about three hours from landing to when the flight to Tenerife leaves. We have boarding cards for the next flight, but do not yet know the gate numbers, only the area that it will leave from. Getting there entails going out of the secure area and back in again. Not sure why we have to do this, but at least we did not lose anything this time. Once we arrived at the area of our next flight we checked the departure board to find that our flight did not yet have a gate allocated. We were now about two hours from our flight, so thought that after a quick coffee we should be ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid February 28th 2014

The first of many pleasurable travelling days commences today that will take us into early April. We need this break, although it was only nine months ago that we did another month long holiday elsewhere in America. Thank you to our local friends in the village for taking us to the airport. We had an early morning start today and were collected from home at 8.00 am sharp. They took us to Tenerife North Airport for our relatively short flight into Madrid Barajas Airport. Alas, the flight was not a good experience. Note to self – Always try and avoid sitting next door to the complaining passenger from hell. The said British passenger found some chocolate on her seat and moaned about it for all of the flight to everybody. Any reasonable person would have just ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid February 10th 2014

Made it to Madrid where I have a lay over before heading on to Costa Rica. It's overcast, but at least the airport is pretty, with it's wavy wood lattice ceilings. I fought with a vending machine but eventually managed to convince it to give me a bottle of water. It may have been out of pity, I'm not sure.... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid November 22nd 2013

Še vedno sem v Madridu in ni videti, da bo kakšen premik, no razen še bolj na zahod in bolj na toplo. Ste me že večkrat vprašali, pa kaj ima takega Madrid, da ostajam? Barcelona ima plažo, Berlin je zanimiv, London je kul in dogaja, zakaj ravno Madrid, pa še kriza je, pa smeti ne pobirajo, pa Madridčani niso najbolj hiter narod, pa marsikaj ti gre na živce, pa službe ni, pa... Mogoče ker sem že dolgo tukaj, ker mi je španščina domača, ker ne slišim 'nimam cajta', ker je družba bolj pomembna kot služba, ker imam rada sendvič s kalamari in ker je življenjski stil res živahen. O ja, mi gre na živce in znorim, ampak tudi uživam sto na uro. Z Madridom imam stalno ljubezensko-nestanovitno razmerje, ki ima svoje vzpone in padce. Vestno ga ... read more
Razstava o peklu!

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid October 18th 2013

I woke up refreshed and wondering how I was going to spend my last day. One of the strange things about Madrid this time of year: The sun doesn't come up until after 8am!!! So weird. I took my time packing, then planned to check out early, but it was a madhouse downstairs; a group of about 20 people were checking out and I saw three more people coming. Since I didn't have to check out until noon, I just left my stuff upstairs and headed to breakfast. I went to a little cafe down the street that I'd seen when walking to my friends' hotel. It was good! I just had a tea and pumpkin and goat cheese quiche - yu-um. Then I strolled towards El Retiro Park to take some photos. Some of the ... read more
architecture view from Retiro Park
Retiro Park
Cava Baja


Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid October 16th 2013

My second day in Madrid, I actually got to sleep in. Sleep in!!! Like, I woke up at 9am, took a shower, had a huge breakfast, and lounged around until it was time to meet up with Jamie and Addi at 11. The breakfast was good, but at 17 euros was not worth it; nevertheless, I had lots of fruit, eggs and BACON. :) We met up and made our way over to the Royal Palace. We arrived just in time to see the changing of the guard, a ceremony that only happens on Wednesdays. We hadn't planned it, it just happened, one of many of our lucky timings this trip. My friend had recommended we take the guided tour and he was so very right. There were lots of kids groups at or near the ... read more
"We are NOT going in there!"
No helado aquí
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid October 15th 2013

My flight from Doha was super early - 3:45 in the morning - on Emirates airlines, via Dubai. The long flight was awesome. It was mostly empty except for a large Chinese tourist group, who were seated in front of me. I had the whole row to myself, so a chinese woman moved to the aisle seat, still leaving a middle seat between us. What a great flight! She and the other members of the group strained to see out my window glimpses of Dubai - the Palm, the Burj Khalifa; since I have flown in and out dozens of times, I leaned back and let them stare away. We landed in Madrid about 2pm and it was a long long long way to leave the airport. The airport has a nice design, with a wavy ... read more
Vincchi Soho
Vincchi Soho
Vincchi Soho

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid September 23rd 2013

The train ride from Cordoba to Madrid was lovely. The countryside in Spain was so pretty with the rolling hills. And I loved seeing the huge bull signs posted in small towns. I assumed these were related to the bullfighting in the country but can’t confirm that. I pulled into Madrid in the early afternoon and immediately had to figure out the “big city” public transportation system to go from the train station to a neighborhood on the north side of downtown. Having just spent a week traveling in smaller towns, I had to make a quick mental change to the face paced-ness of being back in a bustling place. I can say, there was a lot of walking involved, but I made it the metro and figured out which line I needed to be on ... read more
Templo de Debod
Templo de Debod
Templo de Debod

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid August 24th 2013

Yesterday, I asked my Italian roommates why there was a "second toilet" in the bathroom. After laughing at me for a few minutes, they told me about bidets. I secretly laughed inside, thinking to myself that there was no way in hell I'd ever use one of those. Then we ran out of toilet paper. Needless to say, the experience was "interesting". After getting water all over my entire body and the bathroom floor, I've decided that my #1 priority is now figuring out where to buy toilet paper.... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid August 23rd 2013

First day in Madrid, and I've eaten fresh fruit for breakfast, eaten at a cafe while drinking espresso, sipped a Rioja on my balcony, and am visiting a Tapas bar later tonight after dinner, which is at 10PM local time. Oh, and I slept until 4PM thanks to jet lag. Needless to say, I'm going to like it here :)... read more

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