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  • Apr20

    Madrid Parques

    April 20 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    Final days of Madrid were a little rainy but relaxing so we are ready to arrive to Hungary to arrange some wedding things.
    We walked in some parks, saw a temple moved brick by brick from Egypt, visited the Reina Sophia exhibition, expereinced La Santa Semana processions (Catholic Easter tradition when scarily dressed people walk on the streets), had some more drinks and tapas.
    We had a great time for the first part of our holidays in the Iberian penensula.
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  • Day14

    Flamenco Night

    April 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    I went on a late afternoon walking tour (I was the only one on it!) and Tatiana, the guide, recommended I go to a Flamenco show at a place called Villa-Rosa that was only a few minutes walk from my room. The show didn't start until 10.30pm as all things are late here! I think that because the guide was with me, they gave me a prime table right on the edge of the stage.

    What a fantastic show it was. I didn't really know what to expect but it exceeded all what I thought it would be. The drama and passion of the performers was just the most incredible thing. They sang songs and played the guitar and although I didn't understand a word of It, you could feel the emotion they were investing. The tension in their bodies and faces as they danced, their clothes whirling around and their feet a blur of movement. No flash was allowed on cameras but I am so glad the one on my phone seems to cope well in low light. Choosing just a few photos to share here was a challenge.
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  • Day21

    Both my eyes are drunk

    July 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    So we finally decided to venture out today. We headed to city center by metro (about a 15 minute ride). Where we did a "3 hour" self-guided walking tour. It took us about half that time. We call it European time because everyone things it takes alot longer than it does.

    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 commissioned 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 what it 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 friend 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 around the Literary Quarter and Museum Quarter which were full of book shops and - you guessed it - museums.

    After the walking tour we decided to grab some lunch at this restaurant that had pasta, fries & sangria for 6.90€. Amazing right!? No, wrong. The food was microwaved... But honestly, we didn't even care cause we were so hungry. It wasn't the worst food I've had.

    We got on the metro to head back to our host's house to get ready to go out. We ended up just hanging out for a bit & watching a movie. Breanna obviously took a nap. Nap Queen. Shaunessa & I ate tons of fresh salad we made & watched Step Brothers.

    We got ready and went back into the city around 10:30 pm with our host Keri. She took us to a pre-drink bar.. Because the real bars don't open until 12. There we had one of Madrid's known drinks... Beer mixed with lemon Fanta. SOOOO good.

    We left the bar after our drink to grab a "street beer" (only 1€ *in Spanish accent) where we sat with all the locals and drank our beer.

    We then ran into someone Keri knows & ended up going with him to this rock & roll ish bar/club where we stayed the rest of the night.

    So this was a super local bar. Barely anyone spoke English. Whenever someone would speak to us, we would just point to Keri. Because of the humor we have, we obviously used this to our advantage. When people would try to talk to us in English, we pretended that we would only speak french. Later during the night, I started pretending I was deaf. We also taught some people in the bar sign language.

    We left around 3:30 to go get some pizza & headed home, where we got to bed around 4.
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  • Day19

    San Vincente de la barquera

    September 16, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    And it ends here for now.
    Yesterday, once again I walked far. The planned stop had no beds left. I could have got a hotel or hostel but I wanted my last night to be with other walkers.
    I met up with two Polish grandmother's, my age as we walked into the town we hoped to sleep in. One had a little English and the other backhanded my arm and said, ", food, tired, you ask".
    She was great and I walked the extra 7 km with them to the next available bed. We were tired at the point and hungry too. That was the plan to go right to the next available bed, , but we got off track, or rather we stayed on the track, which was winding and long, instead of the more direct, shoulder of the road route. . The rain was relentless and the wind was harsh. They both hand on ponchos which flapped and made noise like sails. I was singing, yes, singing, to try to lighten the mood. One of them was exhausted, I could not pronounce even an approximation of her name. When she was just about on her last footstep, and after many backhands from Ana, pointing to houses... "you go there, ask where albergue", as she points to a house with rabid, foaming at the mouth dogs, barking, growling and hitting the end of their chains trying to get at us.
    I said "no, we walk, will find bed"
    Then a double rainbow came out, and Ana blocked a cars exit from their driveway, motioned to driver to the driver to put down window, backhanded me "you ask where Albergue"
    I did, she gave us a lift. Less than a 2 minute drive, but it felt like heaven.
    Got a bed, dinner and breakfast this morning. Ana and Bodu.....? were great company. It was a huge challenge for the last few kms in the wind driven rain. We drank wine and ate dinner together and slept well.
    The Camino is a very personal journey, shared with so many others. No words to describe what it means. I will be back
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  • Day3

    Picnic in the park

    May 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 75 °F

    I made it to Madrid! Finding my apartment ended up being more tricky than anticipated, but I figured it out. Our apartment is awesome, the neighborhood is super cool and full of vibrance and activity. Amanda and I went exploring and must have walked 10 miles.

    We got pan de chocolate and some drinks and had a picnic in the park. I got a sim card, but it wouldn't work for Amanda so we are investigating. Then we explored the metro , though we were both so tired that we went round in circles a few times!Read more

  • Day42

    Pintin to Marcadoiro

    October 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    10.18.2017 Wednesday 15.5 miles

    Leaving at 8:30 we had cool temperature that required an extra layer under the rain coat. The trail through old farms was relatively easy compared to what we had been walking the last 2 days.

    Today we were happy to arrive at the100k mile marker to Santiago de Compostelo. Serria is the 100k town where many pilgrims start their Camino. 100k is the minimum required distance for a certificate from Santiago.

    We noticed the trail appeared much more groomed when we left Serria. Mostly wider and easier to travel. There were many fruit trees and thousands of chestnuts. A couple houses had set up food stands with fruit, cakes, drinks that were supported by donations. It's a welcome treat on the Camino. We were lucky to walk through only a few rain showers that lasted 10 minutes.

    Our auberque is Abergue Mercadoiro and we have an unusual private suite in a stone house with sitting room and 2, step down to "cave", stone bedrooms!
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  • Day10

    Lorca to Los Arcos

    September 16, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

    9.16 Saturday
    Although quite long, it was a beautiful 18 mile mile walk. Enjoyed seeing local blacksmith at work.. A little further up the hill was a wine fountain where one could enjoy a free glass of wine. The last 7 miles were totally isolated with no towns or inhabitants. God watching over us, we were lucky to walk between heavy rain clouds all around us. Needless to say we were very tired at the end of the dayRead more

  • Day4

    Day 4

    November 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    V sobotu rano sme si mysleli, ze nebude problem sa niekde naranajkovat. Mali sme uz vyhliadnute nejake bary, ale cuduj sa svete, v sobotu spanieli vyspavaju skoro do obeda. Vsetko pozatvarane, nikde nikto, len nejaki turisti jak my, hladajuci obzivu. V noci sa zurovalo, vsade na uliciach odpadky, flase, spaky. Tak to tu lubia. No konecne sme nasli taky pajzlik v rohu. Casnik na nas mrkol brvou, nejako sme objednali. Dosla nam najvacsia tostada celeho Madridu. Zrejme pecen chleba krajali po dlzke. Dominika paradajkovy, ja chamonovy. Zvlastne ze do takehoto lokalu, kde by ste sa bali pustit svoje dieta, chodia babicky z ulicky, ale aj mlade kocky na kavicku. Posilneni sme sa vybrali do parku El Retiro. Je obrovsky, mozno vacsi jak Central Park v NY. Krasne prechadzky a jesenne scenerie. Nohy nam zoslabli tak sme potrebovali dotankovat. V shopping stvrti, kde sme zamierili, sme nasli taky utulny vermuth barik. Vermuth sa tam capoval z pipy. Potom sa nam hned lepsie nakupovalo. Nakoniec som nakupna maniacka bol ja a nie Dominika.
    Vecera bola v nasej stvrti. Vyskusali sme cadizsku tabernu. Dali sme si morske fritky, ktore nam casnici elegantne servirovali na papieri. 🍤🦐🦑
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  • Day31

    Madrid - Retiro park

    August 31, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Madrid has a huge park east of the city center, kind of like the Auckland Domain but bigger, nicer, and more popular. It has tons of paved/dirt walkways, fountains, statues, buildings, and a lake. Very nice.

    There's a modern art museum in the park too. Someone had put wooden blocks in various simple patterns. I don't understand modern art.

    The Crystal palace there was neat too. Hard to see in the photo but it's all glass and you can see right through it.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Retiro, Districte de Retiro, Ռետիրո, レティーロ, Retiro distritu

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