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... there. Its not central so I'll have to explore. The thing that's a little sad about Madrid is that everyone watches their bag/purse and warns you to watch out for thieves. The thief's are mostly young kids who are fast and target individuals, but you can't get on a subway car without people looking at you like you are a pickpocket. Very sad. Tomorrow my last tour in Spain - I'm looking forward to Granada and the coast for Diving
... thing that put me "at ease" was the fact that there were more cops (carrying automatic weapons, and still wearing Ray Ban sunglasses at midnight) than I see in any three week period in the United States. It was like a police state.
I would have to say that this was one of the most amazing days that I've had in a very very long time! I was completely enamored with the history and culture of Spain.
I really loved it!
... also on the steps.
We ended our last night in Madrid at a little bar near our hotel where we enjoyed patatas bravas and a cold beer. Patatas bravas - cooked pieces of potato with a mild hot sauce on top.
Today - Wednesday- we leave for Avila. We leave Avila at midnight on a high speed train and will arrive in Santiago de Compostela in the morning. Hopefully we will have access to internet sometime in there.
... of the dumbfounded looks while we are trying to process, I get really discouraged. But all in all, the locals speak Spanish and I fumble my way through the ordering process.
I just can’t wait to be in Sevilla tomorrow and finally meet my host family. Then I can actually be fully immersed in Spanish culture and hopefully start only speaking Spanish.
... we were in Don Quixote country. These are the windmills that Cervantes made famous in his novel when Quixote attacks the windmills thinking they are ferocious giants.
We were now in the Castilla la Mancha region and Consuegra is where these windmills ...