First day in Spain
Trip Start Jul 14, 2011
31Trip End Aug 15, 2011
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Everything at the airport was incredibly smooth and fast. I was originally going to carry my bag on board, but decided to check in at the last minute. When I got to baggage claim the luggage was already coming out, my bag wasn't there yet so I decided to use the restroom first. By the time I got out my bag was there. I grabbed it, made my way outdoors and the bus I needed to take downtown was right there. It was about a 30 minute ride into the center of Madrid and then about a 10 minute walk to my hostal. It was early (about 9:00 am), so I didn't think I would be able to check in but decided to see if I could at least leave my bag there
After my shower I decided I should go out and get some breakfast and walk around a bit. I am so glad I decided to say in the same hostal I stayed in 2 years ago because I know the area right around where I am staying. Feels really good to be able to walk out the door and walk confidently to where I want to go. I went to the VIPs cafe that is about a block from here and had a pretty yummy breakfast -- a croissant with ham and melted cheese with some great Spanish coffee (I really love the coffee in Spain).
My goal is to say awake until a reasonable time to got to bed tonight. I want to get on the correct schedule as quickly as possible. So with that in mind, I decided to go to the Thyssen-Bornemisza art museum which is really close to the hostal. When I was here 2 years ago I went to the 2 other big art museums but didn't make it to the Thyssen, so thought that now was a good time to do that. It worked out really well. I spent 4 hours there. I was really impressed by the collection -- they have a little bit of everything, it seems. I saw paintings by almost any artist you can nameDream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening In addition to the permanent collection, I bought a ticket to see the special exhibit they are doing on Antonio Lopez. Gretchen and I saw a smaller exhibit of his work in Boston a couple of years ago, but this one was much bigger. All in all in was a nice way to spend 4 hours.
Now I guess I better go find something else to eat.