Sercotel AB Rivas
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... supporters around but unfortunately the didn't win. Went and chilled out at the hostel for a bit then went to get on our night train. Darryn had looked at a review online and it sounded like it was a pretty good night train and the seats reclined to almost horizontal - they did not. The train sucked. We were on seats that we facing two other people so there was nowhere to put my legs. And the seats didn't recline at all. The train took 10 hours and I managed to get a few hours of sleep ...
... it. This point was called Merida.
We didn’t know at the time, but Merida is a town that was founded by Augustus Caesar around the time of Christ! It also houses the most well-preserved Roman ruins in all of Spain. What a top spot to randomly pick for a stop-over!
We free parked on a quiet street (we found out the next day we were just behind the Colosseum) and I made pizza for dinner and we finished the last of the Portugal ...
It was almost 2100 when I got everything done. Opted for a walk to Plaza de Espana to get some air. First thing I noticed was it warmer tonight, bringing out the sidewalk culture [though the locals looked a tad funny with their winter gear still on].
Over to the Plaza de Espana for a few pix and people watch. The more romantic couples were not on their cell phones. Others were playing cards. Young boys walked in groups, thinking they were cool.
... In the hour and a half I was in the room two more roommates arrived, one being Ariane and the other Nathalie from Sweden. Nathalie is studying in Madrid for a semester and hadn’t found a place to live and was moving hostel to hostel while trying to find one.
Ariane, Carrie and I went for the Tapas tour, we were very nearly late, but fortunately the meeting point was very close to the hostel. We visited 3 places again, each with ...
... in the Palacio Velázquez featuring the artwork of Kerry James Marshall, an African American artist. And at the end of my run, I also got to see local Spaniards feeding some nearby peacocks! Needless to say, I will be back here more often to do my running and see more of this awesome park.
So everything I've told you so far was before I even had lunch! Click that "Next Entry" button for the next part of this chapter!