Diverted to Madrid
Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
74Trip End Nov 01, 2005
So a few hours later we rocked up in Madrid, when ever you go on a train in Spain they X-Ray your bag. I'm not sure if the country's had any threat against it recently that they're not telling us about, as no one else i've met thats travelled to spain has mentioned this. Also you cant get on any without a reservation, which can be good in a way as it guarantee's you a seat, and unlike other country's in europe when you pay for a seat you'll get it here... Just wish i'd know about it a few days earlier. However the train was really cool. One of the cleanests and comfortable ones i've been on! Once in Madrid it reminded me of Barcelona with all the buildings being similar height, and style but it lacks alot of the bunk and buzz that Barcelona carries with it. ...and no La Rambla :o) Last night we pretty much rocked up into the train station, found the tourist office and got some phone numbers to ring for a cheap hotel for a few nights. So we caught the underground and then walked to find our hotel we booked into and crashed as i was so buggered from partying in Barcelona till all hours of the morning. Had the best sleep and woke up naturally for once without the light being forced into my eye's at 6am from a couple of thin peices of A4 paper that was used instead of a curtain... haha! I arrived in Madrid in the evening, so yet to have experience the weather here.
Today (Saturday the 30th) we got up, i wacked my shorts and t-shirt on again as the weather is once more beautiful! I've come to the conclusion that i'm here the best time in the year. Not in summer or leading up to summer where the hoard's of tourists flock, but the shoulder season gradually coming into winter, where you still do get the nice warm weather. So today's a good day to have a wonder and get lost - best way to get the feel for a city i've discovered! What i didn't expect (not sure why) but Madrid is very very clean, (sorry if i offended anyone), but some people i've spoken to about Madrid previously haven't spoken to highly about it. We had lunch (rediculously huge buger) with chips and the vainilla thickshake which i've come to love. Everyone always says "boring vanilla" yeah yeah, but in all honesty i reckon vanilla has a stronger taste than most other flavours... best of all it only cost a few euro for it all.
From here we walked around and ended up at this Modern Art Museum. We walked around it all and pretty much saw everything.
**OK!! WARNING, if your a modern art fan, i wouldnt recommend reading below**
Let me tell you this... I'm not sure what i expected and i'm sure glad i didn't pay to enter this museum (danielle did as i would of been happy to lay out in the sun), but i would have to say it was the most rediculous and fustrating experience
Ok - sorry, if i offended anyone - i had to get all the fustration out of my system... Get back to my travel entry shall i :oP
Rest of the time in Madrid i thought was fine and i got to see some really nice parts of the city. We walked around more and into this cool huge central sq bit and all the populated type streets. Some guy tried to get me to take a picture of his green hair?? - thanks, but no thanks, we got idiots back in our little corner of the world too! We ate at this absolutely huge bar / restaurant. But the nacho's and pizza was very average, so wont be putting the name of the restaurant down here for recommendation. Later a night i reckon it looked alright for partying though. I finally got some canasters which are a spanish thing - so very happy :o)
I didnt have too long planned to stay in Madrid as i was keen on checking out what Portugal had to offer! Time to grab my rucksack out of storage and head over to Lisboa (Lisbon).
Spain has been fantastic!!! The country side is also so brilliant and intruiging! The entire time my eye's were glued staring out the window as i passed through the country. Would love to come back one day and explore the inner regions of this land in spanish too. Untill next time - GOODBYE SPAIN! You've shown me an absolutely heart warming experience! Will see you again in the future!