Hostal Castilla I
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... Madrid to get a birthday present for Miriam's grandmother. We are going back to the center or "Puerta del Sol" on Tuesday with the rest of the kids from Inesle. My host mother made us a "tortilla" for dinner which is not like the tortillas we have in America, but kind of like a quiche made with potatoes.
I'm having a great time in Spain so far, and I can't wait to meet everyone at our first Inesle meeting tomorrow! ...
... Bernadette and a bigger carry on bag for Mark, to carry all the winter stuff. Our clothes have expanded, we can't explain it.
Had dinner and drinks with the 20 people who will be our travelling companions for the next few weeks. They seem to be a really good group.
Off to Cordoba and Granada tomorrow.
Travelpod odd offline for maintenance tomorrow so won't post.
... city's core.
Our first full day in Madrid we signed up for the free walking tour offered by the hostel to show us some of the city's main attractions. We saw Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, where countless protests take place against democracy, corruption, unemployment, pensions, gay and lesbian rights - you name it, they protest it. This plaza is a hub and a gathering place and seems to be the entrance to the city's old town. ...
... and we get escorted to catch them up. The group has only 2 other cyclists, a couple from Sydney.
Our guide is Job, who is Dutch (to go along with our Irish guide in Nice?!?!?). Job's knowledge of Madrid and Spain is amazing and he does a good job of filling us in on many details of invasion, uprising and rebellion. Basically there were at various times, the Moors, Napolean, the English and civil uprisings it all ended with Franco in charge that saw an oppressive regime ...
... the beautiful wooded grounds around the Palacia Royal and then enjoyed the free admission to the Reina Sofia Museum that houses Picasso’s famous Guernica. I was fascinated by the indoor tapas market, Mercado de San Miguel. I walked around the market at least three times taking in all the decorative tapas and desserts. My last stop was the local churros restaurant that Maddy Berner had recommended I go to for the best churros in town, they were quite delicious! ...