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  • Day595

    A night out & Sunday in Madrid

    February 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    After a refreshing siesta, Will whipped up a broccoli and chorizo paella (broccoli for Vicky, chorizo for him). Making ourselves look presentable (aka removing as many Poppy hairs as possible), we wandered down the hill towards central Madrid to sample the nightlife!

    After disappointing experiences of researching bars and trying to find them, we opted to just go with the flow and follow the groups of people who looked as if they were out for a drink, chosing any establishment that caught our eyes along the way. Despite temperatures in single figures, the outdoor chairs and tables were still being used by people huddled up in padded coats, large scarves and woolly hats; there were no skimpy dresses and goose pimples on show, as there might have been in Newcaastle's Bigg Market on a Saturday night!

    Astorga was a small bar up a side street. A few couples and a group of friends sat on the high stools chatting quietly and picking over their bowls of complementary crisps. It had a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with light rock playing quietly over the speakers. As we left, we felt like visiting somewhere with a bit more Oomph and '100 Montaditos' certainly delivered! There was a mixed crowd, most in their 20s but some older and a few younger. Everyone was drinking beer out of handle glasses instead of the tulip shaped stem glasses we've been used to in Spain. There was standing room only but we found ourselves a ledge to lean against and moved to a more comfortable spot at the light grey marble topped bar when others moved on. It was load and raucus and just what we'd hoped for. With a smile on our faces we enjoyed watching as groups chatted animatedly and friends shared earphones to dance to.

    On the move again, a sign for craft beer on draught caught our attention and lured us into the dimly lit La Zurbanita. It was only once we were in that we realised it focussed on British style beer, but the barperson was friendly and other customers seemed to be having fun so we ordered Spanish IPAs and had them brought to us in traditional UK pint glasses. The beer was really good but very strong. We took our time and were brought a complimentary slate of crisps and two small bites of bread topped with creamy goat cheese and apple chutney!

    On our way back to the van we popped into another Cerveceria 100 Montaditos. We love how the Spainish language will so often take the product being sold and add 'eria' to the end to describe the shop! Cerveceria= beer shop, Paneria = bread shop, Churroreria= somewhere that sells churros! Now that 100 Montaditos was on our radar, we've begun seeing a lot of them, a bit like a Spanish Wetherspoons. Unlike shops in the daytime, most of the bars we visited were brightly lit. They had a lot more standing room and a higher proportion of bar stools than UK pubs. We'd really enjoyed our night out in Madrid, but it was definitely time to go home. On the way, the capital city had one last treat in store; an impromptu street dance! A large group were gathered around a quartet of trumpeters and in the middle around 40 revellers had joined arms to do a kind of Hokey Cokey Can Can. What could we do but join in?!

    You can see a short clip of the dance on the VnW Travels You Tube channel: https://youtu.be/dsRUdvvKunc

    Morning brought the bin lorries once again. Luckily we didn't have banging headaches so the noise was bearable. Big cities such as Madrid obviously hold different attractions for different people. Will's brother Pete had recommended the world famous Prada art gallery but we only had time for one more thing and can never resist a good market; a decision that was viewed disdainfully by Pete - sorry Pete! El Rastro is a Sunday institution in Madrid. Located in La Latina district, the market has three very distinct sections; the tourist area sells hippy clothes, wall hangings, leather bags, t shirts, shawls, scarves and wooden toys to name but a few. This borders the clothes market that has everything from good old fashioned jumble sale piles, to antique fur coat stalls, to plastic wrapped shirts and boxes of shoes. Beyond this is the original flea market, its stalls far less fancy than in the previous two sectors, many of them a simple display of goods arranged on the pavement, or spilling out of an antiques shop. In contrast to the bright colours of the tourist goods and the loud shouts of clothes market sellers, the merchandise here sold itself. People would go looking for items and make an offer that the owner could consider whether or not to accept. Polished silver gleamed and old photographs told of times gone by. There were paintings in guilded frames, decorated tin boxes and suitcases, old iron keys that might have once granted the holder entry to a castle and even a wooden spinning wheel were among the plethora of historical items available.

    We'd planned to get churros with chocolate as a mid morning snack but after searching in vain, we came accross Animal & Té. A café come dog accessory shop, vet and doggy salon, it was unique in our experience and so of course we had to go in! Although there weren't any dogs in there at the start, a couple came in and recieved their obligatory biscuits as we sipped our coffee and camomile and savoured our pastel de zanahoria (carrot cake). It was a really great idea that worked well in practice and we'd definitely recommend a visit if you are ever in the area (and like dogs).

    Will bought a couple of shirts from the hippy market but the lanes were beginning to get rammed with tourists so we made a quick retreat to the terraza (street tables) of Restaurant Cantalejo in sight of La Latina metro station. A tapas plate of mixed meat paella was delivered with our beers and we sampled the bocadillos de calamares; squid ring sandwiches. We found the concept odd but they tasted fine and we enjoyed soaking up the warmth of the sun and watching people go by.

    If anything, the streets were even busier than on Saturday and we felt it was a good time to get back to Poppy, pack up and drive to a much needed van service area. Leaving the high rises behind we felt a little relieved. We had very much enjoyed our time in Madrid, the grand buildings, the food, bars and street cafés. Park de Oeste were we'd stayed was a gem of a space and quiet in the early mornings. However, Spain's capital is a city that is nearly always on the go, with so many things going on and vying for our attention, we found it tiring and were grateful for the limited time we had enjoyed its company.
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  • Day593

    Saturday in Madrid, (Parque del Oeste)

    February 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    With our WWOOF placement confirmed, we needed to move our plans along, so set off near to 3pm with the centre of Madrid in our sat nav. We knew Park del Oeste provided on street parking, and the plan was to find a spot to stay, ready for exploring the city the following day.

    Criss crossing between motorway slip roads as the sirens of emergency vehicles blared, our near view was taken up with ochre high rise flats and giant billboards advertising sex toy centres. By now we are used to the fug that pervades the air on the approach to major cities and Madrid was no different. The greyish tan hue made the distant view of snowy mountains seem like a smoke damaged painting.

    Will did a cracking job of driving through the traffic jams and we heaped praise on our updated sat nav maps for getting us to the one way street with roadside parking, that circled Park del Oeste. After a quick scout we found a wide stretch with grass nearby for Poppy and easy access up stone steps to the park for us. It was only 50 cents per hour and charges ceased from 9pm, allowing us a free overnight stay after we'd put a couple of euros in the machine. Our timing was good too, because on Saturdays it was only necessary to pay between 9am - 3pm and Sundays were free, meaning we got to spend 2 days and nights in Spain's capital, within 2km of the city centre, for the princely sum of €5!

    Within a few hundred metres of the van there was a fantastic viewpoint overlooking the city and specifically the Palacio Real de Madrid, an imposing grey and cream conglomeration of cuboidal buildings with bell towers and a dome and it the nearby Catedral de Santa Marìa, a large building of pale stone, its hemispherical roof rising above the others. We climbed up to the park as the sun set over the west of the city to watch the colours of the clouds change with a crowd of people doing the same, a busking saxophonist providing musical accompaniment. Unlike our time in Barcelona, we'd been favoured with blue skies and little wind. People had wrapped up, but there was a real buzz in the air as they gathered together.

    Despite the mass of folk nearby, the rest of the evening and night was pretty quiet. It was only at 7:45am when the bin lorries began arriving and transferring their load to a large crusher right alongside the van, that we were disturbed. For the following 3 hours the lorries' engines ticked over, the hoists squeaking as they lifted bins and banged them off the metal sides. There were a lot of advantages to this spot, so we accepted this noisy disadvantage as part of the package.

    Having seen the Royal Palace and Cathedral dominating the skyline from our park viewpoint, we made a beeline for them. Approaching the black iron railings of the Palace through the hedge mazes and white stone statutes of the Sabatini gardens, we saw royal guards preparing 4 horses. Following them round to the east wing, we watched as a small troop marched out of a large door, playing a drum and flute. They completed a lap of the small courtyard, before two broke off and installed themselves in front of the sentry boxes either side of the door. The horses were then ridden onto the courtyard, and the two blacks broke off to join the standing guards, while the dapple greys returned down the ramp from whence they'd come. It was all very grand and precise, although we weren't sure about the welfare of the horses, whose bridles were attached to chest harnesses, forcing their necks to remain arched. They were frothing and dribbling because of the bits between their teeth and noticing the riders' shining silver spurs we felt a little uneasy watching the display.

    Next we made our way to Madrid's central square, Plaza Mayor. A large cobbled rectangle bordered by tall, stately buildings, joined by arches that acted as grand entrances to the little streets leading to and away from it. The regular pattern of shuttered windows looked out on to a bronze statue of a horse that was covered by some sort of red netting suspended and hanging in folds above it (we assume as some sort of modern art display). Beneath it tricksters blew gigantic bubbles, sellers tried to flog selfie sticks and people dressed as large cuddly animals or painted gold like statues posed with smiling tourists.

    Choosing an interesting looking alley we exited the plaza and soon stumbled accross a wool and needlecraft shop, the first we'd seen in Spain! Vicky's eyes lit up and she dived in. It turned out there was a cluster of 3 craft shops along this road, selling yarns, threads, fabrics and tools for sewing, crochet, knitting and lace making, each busier than the last. Midway through her yarn fest, Vicky begrudgingly had to admit she wasn't feeling well, so we went in search of something sweet and a place to sit. La Casa de la Torrijas was an old pub that seemed mostly unaffected by the international tourist trail. A kind customer recommended a Vino Dulce (a sugary strip of wine doughnut) that had wonderful restorative qualities! Will looked around and ordered the same as another customer sat at the bar; a piece of baguette with a small portion of battered fish and a shot of Vermouth; many locals' drink of choice. We sat in a corner watching the steady flow of people coming in and out. A wide strip of decorated tiles ran around the walls below a shoulder height mirror and brass bar shelving where you could stow your hats and coats. It had a good atmosphere, so we stayed for Tortilla de Patata, a glass of red for Will and thanks to a misunderstanding, a sweet martini for Vicky.

    Feeling refreshed we ended up buying a couple of zips for Vicky to try and fit to Will's raincoat and taking a walk down Gran Via; Madrid's main shopping street. Being a Saturday, it was packed! At the foot of yet more stately looking apartment buildings, the shoppers bustled past shoe shiners, homeless with their dogs on quilts and illegal sellers holding ropes attached to the corners of sheets on which their goods were displayed, ready to haul them up, sling them over their backs and hop it if the police showed their faces. This noise and business isn't an environment we feel at home in, but as we travel we want to find out about and experience a whole range of cultural aspects, drawing comparisons and identifying key differences. In this way it was an interesting walk.

    Talking about walking, all this tramping the streets had made us tired, so we climbed back up the hill to Martha Motorhome and Poppy. We wanted to go out again in the evening, so we did the very Spanish thing of having a siesta! We'll tell you about our night on the town in our next post...
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  • Day1

    Den 1

    October 31, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    3:00 odchod z domu. 6:05 boarding. 9:10 sme v Madride. Sychravo, chladno 7 stupnov. Ale oblecenim sme pripraveni. Hned v prvej kaviarni sa uistine, ze sme v krajine milovnikov kavy, zakuskov a vina. Zaciname opatrne. Objedname vinko, cakame co bude. Hned nam doleti tanierik s olivami, chorizom a syrom. Navstivime trznicu, potom katedralu a kochame sa jej velkostou. Po kulturnom vyziti sa uz tesime na dalsie vino a jedlo. K vyhliadnutej taverne sa blizime rezkym krokom. Je az neuveritelne, ake vynikajuce tu maju domace vino blanco.Read more

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