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... changed at Chamartin to get to Sol, only 5 minutes walk away. It was the right decision as I neatly caught the connecting train and was in my hotel shortly after 11.
Thursday dawned dull with the threat of rain but it was only a 5 minute walk to the City Hall where the conference was to be held. This is a magnificent neo gothic edifice in cream stone designed with the full thrust of late Victorian pomp and exuberance.
I had a good day and headed back to the ...
... and the conversation was really easy. The bar closed at about 1 and we roamed to the shopping street so the boys could get their bearings for when they returned tomorrow. We also stopped at McDonalds so they could buy McFlurry's and the Argentinian could use the bathroom. Afterwards I was relieved to hear that they were ready to head back to the room, so we happily walked home and I crawled into bed, making it pretty poorly whilst sitting on the top bunk before I gave up and ...
... a 2 hour flight with no changes, how difficult could it be to get our luggage to the hotel!) we catch the metro to Sol, and walk up to Plaza Mayor, the heart of tourist Central of Madrid and book onto a walking tour of the city. It doesn't start for 4 hours so we do some walking of our own around Real Palace and gardens up to Plaza Toledo and into La Latina area for some lunch. It seems the longer you stay in one cervezeria the bigger your ...
... Alcazar (an Arabic palace), the enormous cathedral, the bull ring, Plaza de Espana, the flamenco show, getting lost in the old winding streets, and of course the tapas.
Quick facts about bull fighting in Spain that we found interesting:
- Sevilla has the oldest bull ring in Spain and the world, from 1761
- Training to become a Matador is very expensive. Costs minimum 3000 euros per fight and you must complete 20 before you are a ...
... s not interactive in any way whatsoever. The teacher stands at the front of the room and talks - for the entire 45 minute lesson whilst all the kids talk amongst themselves, sleep or draw pictures. Despite looking at everyone the teacher doesn't care what they're doing - unless you're on your phone, and in that case you're as good as dead. Sometimes they use the blackboard but mostly they're too lazy. The tests are essays mostly and the only think that they're tested on is their ...