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Plaza de Vazguez de Mella

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  • Day206

    Hello from Madrid! Hope our followers out there weren't getting worried about us :) We've been having an amazing time romping around the city with Nick's best friend David, who spent the past month in Madrid taking an intensive spanish class.

    We're not used to having a "local" "guide" to show us around cities, so we took the opportunity to enjoy Madrid as a local would. We ate warm churros with thick hot chocolate in a neighborhood café, drank red wine in the park, dined on tapas and bocadillos (Spanish subs; Nick recommends the calamari, Rachel the chorizo), and lounged away the afternoons in the city's many plazas. Rachel's mom also happened to be in Madrid at the same time so Rachel enjoyed a nice mother-daughter dinner with her one night. We visited the Museo Reina Sofia, a renowned collection of modern art that includes Picasso's Guernica among many other masterpieces. After saying adios to David, we toured the Prado museum, the national gallery of Spain and home to everything from renaissance masterpieces to modern spanish classics.

    One other note before we take off for Bologna: you often hear travelers talk about culture shock, and we can certainly attest to its reality. After spending 3+ months in Asia and Africa, landing in Madrid at 11:30 on a Saturday night and joining the swarm of locals felt like walking into a movie. Shedding the hyper-vigilance that accompanies traveling in developing countries and immediately replacing it with the relaxed party vibe of a European summer weekend night left us dumbfounded, staggering around with our backpacks in awe of the volume of people and complete lack of touts, assault rifles, and general feelings of uneasiness. It took a few days to feel comfortable, but at least we'll be better prepared to come back home now (well, maybe).

    Few random pictures below. On to Italy!
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  • Day30

    Madrid - (walking &) food!

    August 30, 2015 in Spain

    I did another walking tour today, learned a lot more history than on the hostel's walking tour, but mostly visited the same stuff. Here's a picture of the royal palace gardens and a neat 3D door sculpting I came across.

    More importantly, I sampled some Madrid food, and it was delicious! First up, a visit to the semi-authentic "100 montaditos", a fast food chain that serves mini sandwiches/burgers for 1 Euro each on Sundays. It was tiny but tasty! To finish lunch, slices of brie, which is less expensive than regular cheese at the supermarket. Also it surprised me (after at least 15 mins searching the supermarket) that fresh milk is not sold commonly, with UHT milk sold instead.

    For dinner I went out to a tapas bar (Das Meigas - "the witches?") recommended by the tour guide. He said it was where locals go, and he was right - nobody spoke English but I was able to get the idea across with "tapas?" and "tinto de verano?" (the common type of sangria here) and the masterstroke "otro, por favor" (another please). Each time I was given a different dish with my sangria. It was good! I tried to subtly take photos of my food at the bar, so they were probably complaining about tourists to each other but I couldn't understand a word.

    To cap things off, I went to Chocolateria San Gines, known for its churros and chocolate. I got porras instead (thicker than churros), and the chocolate is essentially liquid chocolate in a coffee cup for dipping. I made a valiant effort but couldn't finish. Yum! Urgh, too much!

    P.S. After midnight Madrid is a lovely 23°, great for walking in t-shirt and shorts :D
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