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Madrid is busy but the queues for the sights are reasonable. It's a bit chilly in the morning but the skies are blue.
I couldn't complete this blog entry last night as the wifi would not connect so I am now sitting in the hotel's breakfast bar. You would not believe the level of noise from the crockery, cutlery, coffee machine and Spanish speaking people. Everything is just so loud! Or could it be withdrawal symptoms from The ...
... that they make their lift a bit bigger and sort out its doors - they swung inwards and then snapped shut very quickly, which made manoeuvring my case, rucksack, laptop bag, coat, two wide-brimmed hats (they wouldn't fit in the case) and paper map through the doors turn into something more akin to a door-wrestling match. But anyway!
It was still quite hot and sunny and I revelled in being in another new city and country again. I had never been outside ...
... water. The girls had planned to go to the Museo Sorolla later in the day, but I took the precaution of ringing ahead - and, well I never, they were closed! So, a change of plan....Liz and I got back on the tour bus, this time doing Route 1, and we arranged to meet the girls for afternoon tea at the cute little cafe (Olivia te Cuida) in the trendy Chueca district, 30 mins north of the flat. The bus tour was by now VERY busy, and the day was rather too hot for us, so we felt a ...
... to lunch. Nat ordered for me, a half-litre fanta (the smallest they have), chips with four sauces - but the tomato had cinnamon in it (?) and a chicken and bacon roll which was still all under 5€.
The plaza Norte was the next stop with Ale's mum but we didn't stay long because we had to get home to clean Nat’s car. Luckily this didn't happen because her cousin Fernando came.
At Monica's, we watched Candela ...
... to grow and grow and grow, people selling sangria and beer set up their pop up bars. We watched the crowd grow....no parade. A truck with loud speakers came thru and asked everyone to get off the street for that parade to come thru. Finally about 8pm the first set of marchers came thru having trouble deciding who was in parade and who was watching. There were no floats, just groups of ...