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Madrid Post-visit: Hike to the Edge
January 8, 2013, Day 182
6 hrs, 10.0 kms
Next destination: Southeast. There are 4 suburb within a short walking distance of each other, hopefully I can do them all in a day.
A couple more interesting things along the way... a narrow street in historical Madrid lined with clothes shops run by South Asians... what looks like a the ruins of a cathedral from outside, but inside is a beautiful library with a glass ceiling ...
... to make it to El Prado before I leave, and I really also want to see the Parque del el Retiro. Could I skip today entirely and just hang out in Madrid? I think most of the sights in Madrid are see-able in one day, but I forgot to factor in that I would be completely useless after about 3 PM without a nap, so it's going to take me about a day and a half. Luckily, I have a nap built in today, on the train ride back from Avila.
I thought ...
... t been able to make food since Athens, so we never eat out. Not to mention I have one of the most amazing roomies. She is what we call "Queen of the Kitchen." She makes us all sorts of amazing food: homemade chow mien, fajitas, stir fry, lemon chicken...and drum roll...we made our own pumpkin bread. Pumpkin puree doesn't exist here (even though they have Halloween Decorations everywhere) so we had to hunt down some pumpkins. We made ...
... which is this old Egyptian temple. i know an Egyptian temple in the middle of Spain, how bizarre. but cool.
after went to this museum cerralbo, definitely worth a visit. most spectacular rooms within. including some Japanese armor = makes me think Spain and japan are linked somehow. specially considering after this went toe the palace real. again... so spectacular, but unfortunately no photos allowedĄ though ...
... and drinking. We enjoyed delicious treats at the Mercado San Miguel and then took the last table at a highly recommended tapas restaurant. My favorite dish was a Sicilian stewed tomato, eggplant, onion and capers on bread. It is no surprise that my favorite Spanish tapa was essentially Italian bruschetta. We finished the evening, of course, with a trip to the Chocolateria shop for some ...