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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid August 1st 2007

Travel Blog for August 1st: Today is our final day in Madrid with Deanna, Jesús, and the kids. Deanna drove us into Pozuelo (the suburb they live in) to get school shoes for the kids and haircuts for Lillie and me. Lots of hair dye in the shop, and lots of women having their hair dyed. All ages. I’ve never seen so many tubes of hair color in one spot. I suppose in U.S. salons the dye tubes are just kept out of sight. We went home and Lillie and I spent much of the time packing for train ride to Paris. We said goodbye to Deanna and the kids, and Chus drove us to Chamartin Station where we caught our train for Bilbao, and then transferred to the French train to Paris. The overnight train ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 31st 2007

Travel blog for July 31st: So I’m really writing this on August 3rd, but the blog site has been down for a couple days, so I’m going to try to post this as well as e-mail it if I can upload the videos properly. So, the 31st of July Deanna took Lillie and me into Madrid to view the Van Gogh exhibit, The Final Landscapes, at the Thyssen Museum. It was sad because you could see the disparities between the works and guess that whatever was bothering him or whatever affliction he was suffering from in his final days was coming through his painting loud and clear. Then we walked to Chueca to shop for shoes. Most of the shops had closed for the August holiday already or were closed for siesta. We found a cool ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 31st 2007

Madrid goes on and on and on etc... I have been to Madrid several times, parts of it hasn´t changed in years but there is a whole lot of it that is growing and changing all the time. They are adding neighborhoods the size of The Dalles but in 20 story apartment building, so it is much more compacted. Madrid is adding subway lines to reach these new "barrios", and it is already one of the largest subway systems in the world. In every city I visited there was new construction of houses, condos and apartments, Spains economy is one of the fastest growing in Europe. Tourist and people all over Madrid so I wasn´t very excited about standing in line for sites that I had already seen on previous trips, so I hopped on one ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 30th 2007

Travel blog for July 30th: Unfortunately the blog has been experiencing technical difficulties the past few days so I lost what I had been blogging the past couple days. To update, we went hiking in the mountains north of Madrid (about 1 hour) on Monday morning. We arrived early, about 9:30am to avoid the midday heat. We hiked for about an hour into the mountains and stopped in a shady area to have a snack (which Deanna had prepared for each of us and packed into our own little back packs ). We hiked back along the river and decided to stop and have a swim at a nice spot we had passed earlier along the way. At that time a couple and their dog had been skinny dipping there. At least the dog had fur. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 24th 2007

Welcome to my first entry with Travelblog. I am in Europe on business and my first 3 nights are in Madrid. The first day I arrived exhausted from 18 hours of traveling from Madison, Wisconsin. Today, Tuesday, my goal for the day and the whole Madrid stay was to see Guernica at the Reina Sofia Museum. Turns out the museum is closed every Tuesday. A slight oversight but now I don't think I will have any time to see the museum before I leave. I have appointments tomorrow at 830 and then I fly to Barcelona in the afternoon. I could take a taxi to the museum after my first appointment run inside to see what I need to see and then catch another taxi to the airport. That could be the only way. I ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 23rd 2007

On Sunday Beltran took me to Mejorada del Campo just south of Madrid to see a Cathedral that Justo Gallego is building. OH MY GOSH!! very very impressive the guy has done an unbelievable amount of work all for the love of the Virgin Mary. Justo was studying to be a priest in the 1940´s when he encountered turberculious and had to leave the monastery. All his life he has been in awe of the Virgin Mary and wanted to build a chapel in her honor, then he thought why not a cathedral. So he bought books on "How to build your very own Cathedral", one of the early releases of Timelife Books; never did sell very well. I think you can still purchase a set at Klindts Bookstore, Phillip cornered the market on Cathedral building ... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 9th 2007

I watched the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona this weekend. My classmates and I took the 6 hour trip by bus and stayed up for a full 24 hours. Everything that I have every heard about the festival is true! The party never stopped. This is definetly something that you must do before you die ......but honestly, I never need to do this again .... read more
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Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 7th 2007

Spanish people stare. A lot. And they don´t look away when you look back at them. Today, on the subway, there was a guy sitting across from me. When I looked at him, he was looking at me, and didn´t look away. So I just stared back. We had an unofficial staring contest. (Just so you know, I won) But it was the weirdest thing. Yesterday, the school threw a party at a bar/club in Sol. Free drinks for 2 hours. Well, free sangria and beer for 2 hours. We got there early, and walked around the streets nearby for a little while and got a glass Sangria (gratis tambien) from another bar before we went in. The first free sangria was good. The stuff in the other bar, no era muy bueno. So yeah. Today ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid July 5th 2007

I saw this as I was walking down the street in Madrid today. I am not sure what this means in spanish ................ Kinda makes you think !... read more

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

Euro Pride was last weekend. I will let the pictures speak for themselves ! Euro Pride is a gay pride celebration for all Europen nations. This year the party was in Madrid. I had a great time.... read more
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