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Plaza Puerta del Sol

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  • Day3

    2. Tag in Madrid - ein verrückter Abend

    September 17 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach meinem Picknick wollte ich noch etwas die Stadt erkunden und bin zu den wirklich riesigen Plätzen der Stadt gefahren. In der größten und auch teuersten Einkaufsstraße Madrids, der „Gran Via“ fuhr ich in den 9.Stock des Kaufhauses „El Corte Ingles“, das war ein Tipp einer Reisebloggerin im Internet. Da Madrid sehr flach ist, bietet es nicht viele Aussichtspunkte über die Stadt. Dort gibt es eine freizugängliche Dachterrasse von der man einen tollen Ausblick über die „Gran Via“ hat. Und diese Straße ist unglaublich belebt - an jeder Ecke gab es Musik - von Rock bis Oper war alles dabei.

    Abends bin ich noch einmal zum „Puerta del Sol“ zurückgekehrt, weil ich zu einer Rikschafahrt durch die Innenstadt eingeladen war. Die nächtlichen Lichter waren eindrucksvoll und die Passanten waren sehr belustigt über die kleine Elektrorikscha, die mit uns in einem solchen Tempo durch die Stadt fuhr, dass wir sogar Taxis überholten 😂. War ein toller Abend 😍.
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  • Day1

    Auf geht's

    December 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Heute war es endlich so weit. Nachdem ich nun Wochenlang die Tage gezählt und alle mit meinem Whatsappstatus genervt habe, bestieg ich den Flieger.

    Gegen 15 Uhr wurde ich von Alex zum Flughafen Stuttgart gefahren. Wir kamen so gut durch, dass wir viel zu früh da waren. Als dann endlich der Schalter offen war, checkte ich mein 14 kg Gepäck ein und erhielt nur die Boardkarte bis Madrid. Die Boardkarte für Bogota muss ich morgen abholen. Mein Gepäck allerdings wurde bis Bogota eingecheckt, obwohl es in den AGB's und FAQ's anders steht: Ab 12 h Aufenhalt (ich habe 14) oder wenn Ankunftstag und Anschlussflug an anderen Tagen sind (heute ist Donnerstag, ich fliege aber morgen, am Freitag, weiter), muss das Gepäck ausgecheckt werden.
    Und da ich nicht wusste, wem oder was ich trauen sollte, wartete ich am Gepäckband bis kein Koffer und keine Tasche mehr da war. Anschließend fragte ich noch um ganz sicher zu gehen an einem Serviceschalter nach.
    Und es blieb dabei, das Gepäck ist bis Bogota eingecheckt.

    Ich flog übrigens mit Iberia um 18.55 von Stuttgart nach Madrid. Dort kam ich um 21.20 planmäßig an. Das Gepäckband war um ca. 22.00 Uhr durchgelaufen.

    Da sich nun auch mein Magen meldete gönnte ich mir noch ein kleines Pizzastück für 6€ (ich liebe Flughafenpreise). Anschließend ging es zur Metro. Dort musste ich ein Ticket für 2.50€ kaufen, also nur die Karte. Dazu kamen eine Flughafengebühr von 3€ und die Fahrt an sich für 1.80€ zur Puerta del Sol, denn dort sollte mein Hostel liegen.
    Mit Linie 8 bis Colombia (welch ironie), Linie 9 bis Principe de Vargara und Linie 2 bis Sol brauchte ich nun knapp eine Stunde.

    Die Metro in Madrid ist übrigens sehr gut ausgebaut. Und die Bahnen kommen zum Teil alle 2 Minuten, manche drei und das längste, das ich gesehen hab: 5 Minuten. Und alle sind pünktlich. Da kann sich Deutschland ne Scheibe abschreiben.

    An der Puerta del Sol angekommen, staunte ich nicht schlecht, wie viele Menschen noch um 23 Uhr unterwegs waren, viele Familien. Es war das pure Leben auf der Straße. Ich schlenderte noch ein wenig durch die Straßen und hätte ich gewusst, dass hier noch so viel offen ist, hätte ich hier gegessen. Irgenwann muss ich aber auch ins Bett und so machte ich mich auf mein Hostal zu suchen.

    Lief trotz Maps 3 mal daran vorbei, bis ich das kleine, rote Schildchen entdeckte. In dem Gebäude waren 3 Hostales, meines im 3. Stock. Erstmal machte mir keiner auf, bis ich dann ziemlich aufdringlich und lang klingelte. Ich bekam mein Zimmer. Und bin nicht sehr zufrieden damit. Die Größe ist für ein Einzelzimmer in Ordnung, aber ich merke jetzt schon, dass es sehr hellhörig ist. Ich höre tatsächlich jeden Pups aus den Nachbarzimmern. Mal schauen wie die Nacht wird. Die Straße hört man auch sehr und die vorbeiziehenden, gröhlenden Betrunkenen

    Aber ich habe ein Waschbecken in dem ich meine Unterwäsche waschen konnte, damit ich morgen wieder frisch den Flug antreten kann.

    Ich war noch kurz in einem kleinen 24h Minimarkt, um etwas zum Trinken zu kaufen, ich verdurste. Und nun werde ich mich schlafen legen.

    Gute nacht ♡
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  • Day26

    Madrid

    October 12 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Llegamos de la bota al aeropuerto de Madrid, de ahí tomamos el metro para llegar a nuestro Airbnb. Allí nos esperaba Juliana, hermana de Amabile, junto a su familia como sorpresa. Cenamos juntos en un local de comida del medio oriente (no sabría especificar más). El tipo del local no hablaba español así que pedimos casi a la suerte. Afortunadamente todo estaba sabroso.

    Acordamos juntarnos al otro día, donde lo pasamos en el parque El Retiro. Además fuimos a un rodizio brasileño cercano al parque para comer a voluntad.

    Volvimos al parque para un paseo en bote.

    Llegada las noche nos juntamos en un bar de barrio con unos amigos de Jesús, ahí charlamos de todo un poco hasta bien entrada la noche.

    Hoy, 12 de octubre es el día del descubrimiento de América. Aunque en Chile es un día cada vez menos recordado, en España sigue siendo memorable. Tanto así que hacen un desfile militar por la avenida principal de Madrid, con aviones y todo. Hoy además los museos son gratuitos, así que aprovechamos de ver la Guernica de Picasso antes de partir a Valladolid.
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  • Day1

    Madrid, puerta del Sol

    February 8, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Llegando al hotel en Madrid, nos toco mucho trafico hasta la puerta de Alcala, pero faltaba poco. El plan era dejar las valijas y arrancar el día.

    Asi que ya sin valijas y sin auto, caminando encontramos la estatua, apenas a 50 mts del Apple Store... Solo 10 segundos para una foto antes de salir corriendo.

    Sin dudas era la primera parada obligada: Todo el año ahorrando justamente para pasar una hora acá adentro. 

    Al final salió cada uno con su dispositivo. Felices!
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  • Day2

    Madrid segundo día

    January 20, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Heute bin ich sehr sehr viel gelatscht 😅. Ich war im Caixa-Forum, im "grünen" Bahnhof, Parque del Retiro und habe mir mein Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirt geholt 😀. Morgen gehts endlich zum Fussballspiel.

  • Day3

    Birthday in Madrid (Part 1)

    August 14 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Well today's my birthday. I'm 56 years young. It's 5.30am Madrid time and I'm in a plane, in the sky somewhere over the USSR. Its five more hours before we land in Madrid, Spain.

    Our windows isle seat plan is working well as again we scored all three seats. This is great for Mo as she can sleep across two seats.

    Today marks another anniversary for me, one year without Alcohol.
    I thought this would be a big thing, but actually it's a bit of a non event. When I first stopped drinking I was counting days. I was noticing alcohol every where. It seemed like there was a bottleshop on every corner. Every movie or show I watched, I noticed people were drinking. Its amazing how much its ingrained into the Australian culture and seemed to be so much a part of my life. It left a definite void. One of the things I had to cope with was all this extra time that I previously spent drinking!, and of course lots of extra energy due to my sleeping patterns improving and losing the beer belly. I was also initially tracking how much money I have saved each day as a motivation not to drink (probably at least 5K to date as Mo is also not drinking). Initially, I felt that I had to justify myself for not wanting to drink "no I'm not on medication" etc , I just decided I didn't need alcohol to enjoy life to the full. Im not wanting to limit other peoples choices, I did have to learn to be careful though, how I declined drinks, as it could trigger some people or make them feel uncomfortable to drink themselves. I have noticed though, it's become much less of an issue, maybe it's because people are used to me not drinking now or maybe it's just me part of me letting go is become such a non issue.😊
    I attended an online webinar a couple of weeks ago, and one of the messages was. Every day our purpose in life is to evolve just a little bit more. (thank you Alistair ) this message resonated well with me, As It's in line with my biocentric outlook that every day we can express our potential to move more towards life.
    My 40 year relationship with alcohol was not helping me to evolve or live my life to the full, it was incongruent with all the other changes I was making in my life, and not helping me be the best person I could be, so it was time for us to part company.
    When I return from Spain in November I'm going to focus more on my E-Hypnothrapy practice. I will be offering to help people who also want to let go of habits that they feel may not be serving them and teach them how to reprogram their minds so that new choices like this can be made easier, and without having to resort to will power. As I have a very nomadic life, I'm excited to now be certified as one of the first Australian E-hypnotherapists, so I can now help people via the internet in the comfort and safety of their homes anywhere in the world. If you would like to know more email me at Mark@mindfreeway.com. 😊

    Another thing I like to do each day is to do something a little scary. Something that will push me out of my "CZ" comfort zone (you know that place where your dreams go to die), and into my "GZ" Growth Zone.
    That's one of the reasons Mo and I have embarked on our current adventure to walk the Camino De Santiago. We will walk the Camino Francés which is about 815km if you include the scenic detour s to the monasteries at San Millan and Samos and a further 100k to Finistarre.

    We will start the walking from St Jean Pied De Port in France on Sunday 18th August (our first night in a pilgrim's hostel Is Saturday night in SJPD) and my intention is to walk all the way to Santiago and then hopefully on to Finistarre. We don't have a time frame and plan to take it slowly we don't fly back to Australia until 25th October but we want to spend a few days in Madrid before we leave Spain so we can dance some Biodanza with an amazing lady that teaches in Madrid.

    This camino walk has been on my "Life List" for several years, since first being inspired by the movie "The way." I really don't know exactly what to expect or what I will get from this experience. I'm just trusting that the Camino will give me whatever it is that I need right now. I feel it has been calling me to make this pilgrimage and I'm very excited and looking forward to walking each day with everything I need on my back and if Im not carrying it to trust that it will be provided.
    I suspect I have packed too much as everyone does and that after carrying my pack over the Pyrenees some things may soon be gifted to other Pilgrims. I may regret my decision to bring a little sports camera (YI 4K+) whilst the camera itself is light the batteries backpack mount and other accessories do add up. I'm also bringing a small sleeping bag, Mo has decided to leave hers behind and trust the camino to provide blankets if it's cold. We will see 😊

    Some of my intentions for this walk are.

    1. To live in the moment. (I'm quite good at this as I do live very much in the now but I want to take this to the next level. I Do tend to worry about what ifs I think this comes from 15 years as a project manager doing risk assessments and mitigation plans 😁. So I just want to go with the flow and trust it will all work out just as it should. I don't want to plan too much, we have booked our first two nights accommodation. but after our first night in Spain we hope to just walk and trust we will find a bed each night.

    2. More Connection!

    A) To Connect more with myself,I want to clarify the things that are most important to me so I can priotise my time better when I return. And hopefully better understand my purpose for this lifetime.

    B) Connect with others. I will have lots of quality time with Mo and hopefully I'll meet some interesting people and share their stories and maybe their journey with them for a short while too. My aim is to be as present with them all (and practice my Spanish 😊)

    3) Conection with God. I'm not even sure what that means to me. I do believe there is a purpose to life, a reason to evolve. And some higher intelligence or some kind of design to life. I can't except that everything happens just by chance. I would like to develop a deeper relationship with my spiritual part. That part that is life, source, spirit, or God. For me it's as much a spiritual pilgrimage as a physical one.

    To assist with these intentions, I aim to greatly limit my exposure to social media.
    I'm finding Facebook has been becoming much to consuming of my time.
    And I have been learning a lot about device addiction and I want to nip mine in the bud before it gets to out of hand. I have been guilty of filling the void of extra time available from quitting Drinking with browsing Facebook and other online sites.

    For me Facebook has become less about connecting with Families and friends and like minded people and more about marketing and businesses opportunities. Many of my like minded friends are also coming to the same conclusion that the amount of censorship and social engeneering that is happening on FB makes it an increasingly unhealthy environment to spend too much time.

    Is such, whilst walking my Camino I'm going to do my best to avoid Facebook as much as possible.

    As I have many family and friends that have expressed a desire for me to share some of my Camino Journey, I have decided to use "FindingPenguins.Com", to track my path and share my "Footsteps"

    I'm not sure I'll post to finding penguins every day, I may even try a paper journal whatever feels right. But if I do post, I'll make my posts public so your welcome to follow me if you wish and be notified by email when I post. I can also attach upto 10 photos or short videos to each Footstep post 😊

    I may also share some of my footsteps to Facebook or other platforms I'm exploring from time to time from within the Finding Penguins App. But I will probably not be logged in directly or checking my Facebook feed or messenger.
    I will have all notifications disabled.
    The best way to contact me will be email.

    I have also just switched on tracking in the finding penguin app so it should plot my path and location even when I'm not connected to the internet and it will upload my location and footsteps (posts) when I do have internet Conection..

    OK we'll enough for now.
    I'll let you know how I get on in Madrid today.
    We may have further excitement like yesterday as apparently there is a transport strike waiting for us in Madrid 😳.
    But in the wise words of my young granddaughter Eva. "You get what you get, and you don't get upset" seems like great advice and one I'm sure I'll have cause to remember in the coming weeks.

    Tomorrow we take a train to Pamplona....

    with love
    Mark ❤️
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