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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 4th 2007

After finishing work today we jumped in the car and headed up to Preston. Jason and Kirstyn arrived in the UK yesterday and were at Bernie and Shaun’s when we arrived. We awoke to another wet and miserable UK day and headed out to Liverpool airport which was at high alert due to the recent terrorism threat. Mick managed to talk the staff at the airport bar into putting on game 3 of the State of Origin and we watched the first half with a beer before boarding the flight to Madrid. There we were met by a rep who took us to the motor home place and, after some paperwork and a stern warning from the girl there about taking the home into Pamplona, we were on our way. We immediately got lost and ended ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 4th 2007

Every trip seems to have an overriding theme, unfortunately, its starting to be quite apparent that this trip is going to revolve around transport, and perhaps the lack of it. First stop of the day was to Madrid’s train station to join the long queues to sort out our trains to Pamplona… but the return trains were all fully booked… so we reverted back to our trusty buses instead - better than a bridge collapse I suppose. Now with half the day already wasted, we could finally start our sightseeing… We spent a couple of hours in the ‘Museo del Prado’, the Prado Museum, which houses some great sculptures and paintings from the 12th to 19th Century by various artists including: Goya, Rembrandt, and Rubens etc. Next stop was the ‘Palacio Real’, the Royal Palace, and ... read more
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Outside the Museo del Prado
Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 3rd 2007

É verdade! Eu sobrevivi, apesar de não ter dado nenhum sinalzinho de fumaça para o pessoal do Brasil, avisando se cheguei bem ou não. São muitas as pequenas histórias para contar, então vou começar do começo. O vôo do Rio para Madrid foi tranquilo. Estavam fazendo uma "Operação Tartaruga" no Galeão e ficamos um tempão esperando para chegar até o portão de embarque. Depois de pegar uma fila quilométrica fora do portão, nos deparamos com outra lá dentro para chegar até a PF. Uns 5 minutos depois, chamaram todos os brasileiros para furarem a fila lá de dentro porque os vôos estavam muito atrasados, então nem passamos pela PF aqui no Brasil. Aliás, acreditem se quiser, não passamos por nenhuma PF. O vôo foi tranqüilo, apesar de longo. Tinha uma tela em cada assento, então ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 3rd 2007

This is the first time I´ve had any sort of length of time on the computer. Please forgive me. 2 more things. 1. I haven´t been able to hook up my computer to the internet yet, so no pictures 2. I have no idea where the apostophe on this keyboard is, so I´m using the accent mark. I think you can get over it. Hokay sooooo.... I almost missed my flight in London. My flight from Dallas was delayed, and then I went to the wrong terminal, and then when I was in line to go through security, they told me I could only carry one bag, and that my purse counted as a back. So I had to get out of the line and check my carry-on bag, get back in line. I got through ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 30th 2007

After what seemed like 6 days, we finally got to Madrid. Sicne I was so tired from coaching soccer camp, I was able to sleep most of the flight which I think helped with my jet lag a tiny bit. We walked around Madrid for probably 4 hours. I was exhausted. It helped meget a feel for the city though. Pretty, but not as pretty as some of the places I saw in Italy. A lot of the buildings downtown have graffiti on them--kind of interesting. We really didn't get a chance to see too much because our teacher was hardcore power walking, but did run into a GIANT gay pride parade--which was fun/funny. hah Everyone doing the program seems very nice. I love both of my roommates so far. We went to 2 bars and ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 29th 2007

I had the opportunity to see a live Flamenco show last night and it was wonderful! Check out the photos!... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 28th 2007

Hola, 24 JUNE - Sunday • The bus from Barcelona got me back home at about 1900 hrs. I decided that since it was early, I'd go grab a bite and take in a movie. (Funny how I used the word 'home' above. Honestly, I did feel very 'at home' both in Madrid and in the neighborhood near the hostal where I was staying. More on that later.) I bopped it on over to Calle Fuencarral and had a bocadillo de calamares and a sidra. I definitely hadn't gotten sick of tortilla española in my sandwiches, but I thought I'd just have something different. I'm a huuuuge fan of the alcoholic cider for which Spain's northwestern provinces of Galicia and Asturias are well-known, so I had to drink me a couple of them. It helped ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 26th 2007

Well guys, Im gonna start this off by saying sorry. I know I promised you all great stories and all that shit weekly... but you know its soo hard to get these things done. We have had no time... and the internet has been so exspensive it just hasnt been worth it. SOOOO here Im gonna write all of them, so now your gonna get like 3 new entries... and you will have a lot of catching up to do. So here it goes. For our first adventure we took a flight to Madrid in Spain from Bristol. We had no idea what to expect or how we were going to take any of it but I have to say it was soo good. The people we so polite. I couldnt believe it. Almost everywhere ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 26th 2007

Spain Kirsten Sheppard 8 days but only 1.5 days to explore. These are the challenges of travelling on business. You get to go cool places, but have to work harder than you play. As a result, I can say that I visited Madrid, Alcala de Henares, Toledo and Pamplona...but I barely saw Toledo... of course, I got to speak espanol and dine as I imagine Queen Sofia does. Madrid It would be easier to do this if I actually wrote it when I was there. But I truly did not have time. For anyone reading who is romantacizing the life of business travel, all I have to say is 8am-11:30pm. Those are the working hours. The biggest disappointment for me on this trip was learning that siesta doesn't happen anymore. Oh, there is a break ... read more
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The Post Office
Don Quixote de la Mancha y Sancho Panza

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 26th 2007

We've been in Spain for three days and so far, so good. Weather has been picture perfect and we are enjoying the wonder and glamour of old Europe. Did the double-decker bus tour the first day and saw some bull fights that night. To us Westerners, it's a rather odd mix of pagentry and brutal violence, but it is the culture. Visited the town of Toledo yesterday (30 minutes away by train). It features all the old-world charm you would expect to find in Europe, with its narrow cobblestone streets, romantic plazas, and delicious bakeries. Today we visit the Palicio Real (Royal Palace) and a couple of the big art museums. Then tomorrow we head to India. Some interesting notes thus far. 1) I find it ironic that TSA found it necessary to confiscate Rachel's ... read more
On the streets of Toledo
Toledo stairs
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