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  • Day2

    Day 2 - Exploring Madrid

    September 11, 2017 in Spain

    First full day in Madrid! We got a much needed 11 hours of sleep then ventured out for a long day. Started with pastries at the famous La Mallorquina where I had the best croissant of my life! Next, we walked for miles, hitting some of the top tourist attractions of the capital - Museo Del Prado, the Royal Palace of Madrid, and the Plaza Mayor for lunch. Early evening siesta and then tapas and vino!Read more

  • Day1

    Day 1 - Madrid Arrival!

    September 10, 2017 in Spain

    Long, mostly sleepless night/morning flight from JFK to Lisbon. Long line to get through customs. Long 4 hour layover in Lisbon. Long, confusing, Spanish-practicing cab ride, while attempting to dodge a crowd-filled national cycling race through the city of Madrid, to get to our Airbnb. Finally made it to our cute studio apartment in the middle of everything by early evening. We were ready to go right to sleep but decided to push through and enjoy our first night! Dinner of pork loin, ham and peppers tapas, goat cheese, onion and blueberry tapas, and seafood marinara paella. Followed by people watching with wine and cafe outside on the streets of Sol. Very long but very awesome first day in Europe! Now hopefully 12+ hours of sleep!!! Buenos noches!!Read more

  • Day63

    Madrid

    November 24, 2014 in Spain

    Teil zwei des heutigen ersten Tages in Madrid! Am späten Nachmittag war ich im Park El Retiro und habe mir dort den Kristallpalast angesehen. Nicht besonders groß, aber deswegen nicht weniger beeindruckend. Weil ich morgen eh nebenan ins Museo del Prado gehen möchte, werde ich bestimmt nochmal vorbeischauen und hoffen, dass die Sonne schön durch die Fenster scheint.

  • Day63

    Madrid

    November 24, 2014 in Spain

    Hola! Gestern habe ich den ganzen Tag im Bus verbracht, um vom Rand der iberischen Halbinsel in die Mitte zu kommen. Und da bin ich jetzt: in Madrid! Um einen Überblick zu kriegen, habe ich als erstes heute eine Walking Tour mitgemacht, die sich auch echt gelohnt hat. So habe ich direkt schon mal die wichtigsten Sachen gesehen. Danach habe ich mir noch von außen den Palast angeguckt und die Kathedrale besichtigt. Dort habe ich etwas gesehen, was definitiv einen Platz in der Liste der skurrilen Sachen verdient hat! In der Kathedrale kann man nämlich keine Kerzen anzünden, sondern Geld einwerfen, damit eine elektrische Kerze angeht. Nicht schön! Besser war da der Besuch der Markthalle, in der es vor Köstlichkeiten nur so wimmelt. Meine Wahl gibts auf dem Foto zu sehen, dazu hatte ich einen frischen Mangosaft. Heute war ganz bestimmt nicht der letzte Besuch, es gibt noch so viel mehr leckere Sachen zu testen..Read more

  • Day20

    Prince Albert (of Monaco)

    July 9, 2016 in Spain

    After a much needed rest day, we got up early and headed out on our adventure! After taking full advantage of the shower (again) and finally looking like halfway decent people, we took the metro into the city centre to begin our adventure.

    We started by visiting a tourist booth and he gave us a guide book to the city that included two self guided walking routes. We decided to do the longer one today and headed into the square to see the sights. We began at the statue of the Bear and Tree Strawberry monument which led to a street that house the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The architecture around here was stunning! Next stop was the Cibeles Fountain and the Cibeles Palace, where we went in to explore for a bit and take in the history. A little further along was the Gate of Puerta de Alcalá - an archway comissioned by King Charles IV to commemorate the many battles waged by Madrid to keep control of the city.

    Afterward, we wandered through El Retiro Park where there were ample opportunities to take some awesome pictures. We stopped by a lake with some gigantic statues surrounding it where people were rowing and enjoying the warm day, and stumbled upon the Glass Palace (which is exactly whatbit sounds like). Near the glass palace was a pond that was absolutely filled with turtles and black swans.... That's right. Black swans. We sat and watched our animal frienda for a bit before we ventured further into the park. Next stop was the fountain of the Fallen Angel (another photo op) and walked out of the park to continue our tour.

    Next up, we strolled throught the Literary Quarter and Museum Quarter which were full of book shops and - you guessed it - museums.

    After the tour, we went home and chilled for a bit before we got ready to go out on thr town with our host, Keri! She was amazing and took us to this local spot where we went to a Bar which served a drink that is half beer half lemon fanta - amazing. I mean so perfect for a hotbsummer night and so refreshing!!! Afterwards, we sat around drinking in the square for a bit while we waited for the clubs to open (at midnight) and Keri took us to this underground rock bar which was so fun. We danced, used sign language and spoke in the worst french you have ever heard (uhhhh, I uhhhh, speak only um. What is it? Oh little. Little english).

    After a few hoirs of partying it up, we headed home where we crawled into bed to get ready for our next adventure.
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  • Day1

    Day 1: The Longest Day

    February 16, 2017 in Spain

    Possibly the longest day ever of travelling! Finished a few last minute bits of packing in Thirroul before getting a lift to the station from Harvey. Train at 10:50am up to Sydney, arriving at Redfern around midday. Met mum and Sean for lunch at a local cafe before mum drove us to the airport, arriving at 1:45pm. Breezed through the check-in process and emigration, before staking a good spot in the business class lounge. We'd gotten free access thanks to the credit cards that I'd cancelled the day before - definitely worth it! Lots of free booze and food, pretty good quality stuff too.

    Finally time for boarding just after 4pm. Hard to believe this is actually the first time I've flown Qantas internationally! The A380 was good, though the interior wasn't quite as good and well-done as the upgraded Emirates planes we'd flown on before. Screen a little older and lower-resolution, and the seats not quite as large. I had the window seat and Shandos the middle seat, luckily for us nobody was in the aisle seat so we had a free space for our rubbish and sundry items. Plane only about 3/4 full which was nice.

    I'd pre-booked my meal of lamb which wasn't too bad - good size pieces and not chewy. Spent the next 14 hours doing various things, watching a few docos and shows on the TV screen, played games on my phone for a while, and then dozed for the last probably 4 hours of the flight.

    Arrived in Dubai just after midnight local time, wandered the terminal for a little while before finding a pair of recliner seats that were reasonably comfortable for sleeping. I'd hoped we might stay in the in-airport hotel, but given it was a few hundred dollars we decided not to. Managed to get probably 3 hours of sleep in the lounger at the airport, before properly waking up again at about 4am local time. Felt peckish so grabbed a cheeseburger at McDonalds because everything else was ridiculously overpriced ($15 for a muffin and coffee, I don't think so!).

    Killed time reading and listening until it was finally time to board our flight to Madrid at 7am. Day flight this time so no sleeping for me, just watching TV shows and a couple of movies. Flight a little bumpy unlike the Sydney -> Dubai leg which was very smooth. Food was actually really good, I had a chicken breast which was cooked really well, and quite tasty. And as noted earlier the screen and entertainment system on-board was much better than the Qantas one.

    Touched down in Madrid 8 hours later at about 12:30pm local time, went through immigration quickly but then lots of walking and a train ride before arriving at the luggage rack. Luggage took ages to arrive, and Schnitzel's bag was literally the last one off the plane, so it was nearly 2pm by the time we boarded a train for central Madrid.

    Not much to report, the train was fairly quick and we transferred to the metro with no issues and found the hotel quite quickly. Weather is chilly but not super-cold, around 12 degrees. I'm definitely the only person in shorts though!

    Hotel is quite nice, in an old building but with modern fittings and furnishings. Showered and changed as we'd been in our clothes for close to 36 hours now! Headed out for a brief wander and look around, though we weren't sure what time Schnitzel was getting dropped off so we didn't go too far.

    Stopped and had a quick drink at a tapas bar next door to our hotel; red wine and a beer for just 5 euros! Also grabbed a couple of empanadas (large samosa-like pastries) to eat since we felt peckish. Struggled to stay awake back in the room for the next hour or so before the phone rang - Schnitzel was finally here!!

    Front desk dropped him off to our room and he was extremely happy to see us! Took a minute to get him out of the crate since it was locked with cable ties, and he was pretty unhappy with that! But we got him out and lots of licks and tail wags ensued. He smelt a bit of pee since he'd relieved himself in the crate (just a small one), but seemed otherwise OK. We washed his feet to get the pee smell off, then took him outside for a comfort stop.

    He got about 10 metres from the hotel front door before he crouched for the longest pee I've ever seen him do - well over 30 seconds!! He made it another 50 metres before crouching for a poo, though only a fairly small one thankfully. Wandered around a little while to stretch his legs, but we were feeling tired as well so headed back to the room around 7:30pm. Fed him his dinner and then crashed into bed. He barked a little bit at people in the corridor outside, but thankfully quietened down fairly quickly.

    Hugely long day, but looking forward to heading down to Seville tomorrow!
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  • Day11

    Madrid, Spain

    April 19, 2016 in Spain

    Arrived in Madrid at around 11am. Fast train it was doing up to 301kms /hr . The hotel Regente we are staying at is ok. Does not have breaky included and no free wifi so we are using Starbucks free wifi around the corner. Serves a dual purpose though. We like the tea and coffe at Starbucks. It is raining in Madrid. I think we will have to buy and unmbrella.
    The weather is cold and wet in Madrid today (20th April 2016). Hop on hop off bus was ok. The afternoon trip we got on (because Clint got us lost trying to navigate the map). 11degs all day today. Wet socks to.Read more

  • Day3

    Madrid

    June 18, 2015 in Spain

    Today I woke up to the unimaginable news of a racially-motivated terrorist shooting in my country. My sadness at the continuous violence in America and the incompetence of the media to present news without bias has been hard to get past all day.

    But here's to trying...
    I've had a really great 24 hours in Madrid. The most beautiful European city I've visited so far, and the weather has been perfect. (I'm so glad it's 20 degrees F cooler than last time!)

    I made a friend in my hostel and had delicious tapas and sangria last night after getting lost for awhile. Yes, I've confirmed that this city is extremely difficult to navigate, even the second time around. A lot of "how the hell did we end up HERE?!"...(and no, I don't have this problem other places).

    Today was shopping, then spending 2 hours in the train station trying to pay for a ticket to Lisboa, then giving up and trying the bus station instead, where I determined that ALSA >>> Renfe. Finally, success, and I'm off to a new country tonight!
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