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Left Auckland on Friday 4th July at 5.30 on Emirates A380. What a massive beast. Was sitting right down the back. First stop was in Melbourne. Ended up having about an hour there. Then it was the long haul to Dubai. I managed to kind of sleep for short bursts but it was blimmin uncomfortable. We landed in Dubai just after 5am. The poor lady next to …
... are Real Madrid fans now! Of course, they dump you into the fan shop so we loaded up on Real Madrid merchandise!
The next stop was the Telererico for a nice overview of the city. It was a bit of a hike through Casa de Campo park. Our taxi driver pointed this park out to us and mentioned that it was like NYC's Central Park. Well, it was just as beautiful, but 4-5 times the size of Central Park! There was a recorded guide that told us what we were ...
... asked if I was still interested and I said yes and they said they were going to leave around midnight. LEAVE at midnight! They were going with the woman who mans the hostel desk, who would show them the best places to go and she didn't get off until midnight, but apparently the party doesn't usually even start until about 1 am anyways. I knew the Spanish were a late riser, late sleeper culture but that was kind of crazy. I said no thanks, I need to ...
... they let you in and you walk to a counter and you say which ones you want and put the money on a spinning wheel and turn it towards them and then they put the cookies on it and spin it back to you without you ever seeing them - tapa means 'cover' because when you got a drink your tapa would come out sitting on top of the glass - tapas was brought in by the King cos his workers could only afford a meal or a drink at lunch and they kept coming back ...
... website, I found that the only time open on 26 June was 19:00, so I booked it. It’s rather late for the visit but better than nothing. The late timing might actually have a "silver lining" as the light should be perfect for photos, with great shadows. I walked down to the nearby Servi-Caixa ATM to pick up the ticket. By this time it was about 21:30 and the streets were still busy.
On the way back, I stopped in the El Cortes ...