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On the following day, we went on a walking tour of the Western half of Madrid. Starting at Plaza Mayor, where many of the executions from the Spanish Inquisition took place. It was really quite a horrid time in history. We saw the oldest restaurant in the world, and part of the old defense walls (which aren't that old compared to those in other cities).
We had a lunch of small fried anchovies (filleted!) and some cuttlefish balls. We walked back to ...
... while before going to our hotel and crashing.
Friday was spent mostly at the airport, gathering people onto shuttles to take them to the hotel. We walked around a little bit and got a few drinks at a bar.
Saturday was the same as last year, we went to El Escorial, a monastery that also keeps the bodies of many dead kings. Then we went to ...
... tomorrow to buy them in person, all the cheap ones will likely be gone. UGH.
2.) I HAVE HAD A DAY TRIP FOR FRIDAY PLANNED FOR A MONTH. AN ENTIRE MONTH. I checked the weather for Friday in this location and THE ENTIRE WEEK IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE SUNNY AND 70.
EXCEPT FOR FRIDAY.
WHERE IT WILL BE 55 AND 80% RAIN.
I AM UPSET.
(Also I'm not disclosing the location yet because it's a surprise for certain people who might be looking ...
... car with 3 people going one way and 4 the other.
We finally worked it out then I realised that this was my last goodbye with Triana and Nando as they leave tomorrow. It was so sad, I've gotten extremely close with Nando - we practically spend all our time together now. I don't know how I'm going to cope when I leave here and have to say goodbye to school friends, family, home friends and everyone in the restaurant!!
... and drinks. We all went out tongiht and had a good time (including me and the other American).
When I arrived on Sunday night, I noticed how dirty the city seemed to be. Trash in the streets, garbages overflowing, etc. I found out in my orientation yesterday that the workers went on strike so the garbage services were cancelled. They reached an agreement yesterday so they just started services again ...