Hotel Olissippo Oriente
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June 14, 2014- Day 29
Today was the day I said good bye
to my beloved Madrid. This morning Tamar woke me up around 9- such a gem-
before she went for her run. I decided to take my time to get ready and have
breakfast. Abuela gave me a coles notes version of how to make croquetas and im
excited to try everything out when I get home. I did some final packing and
just relaxed in the apartment for most of the morning. For lunch I took some
... in eavesdropping because English is just too easy to understand. As soon as it’s in another language, my mind wants to jump in and decipher everything. I listened to three Portuguese youths of African descent. Two teenage girls and a younger boy. He carried a small bike with him, and they chatted while flipping through their phones. The boy kept inquiring about their stop, to which one of the girls repeated: “Alfama, sim. Alfama”. I ...
It's Good Friday, Hot Cross Buns are given out at breakfast. Then we realised we hadn't given up anything for Lent. After a bit of thought it's obvious we have been able to give up STRESS for the whole of Lent, and because there hasn't been anything to get stressed over my usual colourful language has become far less colourful, I can even say it's almost lily white. If only everyday life could be the ...
... sangria and the passionate locals we have met along the way. Over the last week we have also met a lot of travellers in bars, on tours, in restaurants and on trains. We love the instant bond you create yet, their names are unknown, or if you find out, it's when saying goodbye after hours of conversation. Over the past four months we have met so many of these like minded people who are now following this blog and I just want to say thank you for making our stay in those cities so much more personable.
... Golden Gate Bridge and above it on the hills the “Christ the King” statue inspired by the similar statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As we could see the top of the Cathedral from the waterfront we decided to go there. An uphill climb among debris and homeless (more than we have seen anywhere else) we arrived at this less than inspiring building. Entering it did not help but then we have seen some of the ...