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Trip Start May 20, 2008
Trip End Jul 14, 2008

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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Hola.  Me Again.  Ok--so what was I not able to tell you earlier....

So, I was talking to people about wondering about the mysterious person that would be sitting next to me on the plane overseas.  Who would grace my presence for 7 hours?  The answer:  Walter H.  Walter is an elderly man.  He is a retired army commander.  He often flies overseas.  His wife hates London, and he is going with another friend and wife.  He also goes to southern France every year.  So, picture this....You are in the air, the sun is setting, you are eating dinner, and finally---listening to old war stories!  Yes, that's right.  Walter was amazing.  He told me old stories of the war, Pentagon, and even D.C.  He volunteered twice to avoid having to pull a shift in Washington, D.C.!!!  I asked him if he was crazy.  He also told me that him and his wife were given a year to live anywhere they wanted after he retired.  He chose Italy.  Walter was very funny as well.  He also educated me.  Apparently, there are certain amounts of liquor in wine that is needed to taste good...and certain amounts that are just excessive.  He also told me about scotch, "Scotch is usually aged 3 years--needs to be mixed with club soda.  Scotch that has aged 13 years is sweet enough---no club soda."  OK, so maybe I will never need to know this---another useless fact I suppose.  So that is a brief summary of Walter H.  It was very amusing....

So somehow, when I was re-booked, I was put on a 1st class flight from London to Madrid.  I must say it was very nice to see how the other half lives.  Named "Club Europe"-- apparently I could have even used the lounges in the airport, but I didn't know!!!  That would have been cool.  However, I did find these chairs that are made in the recliner position, so I waited for people to leave and was able to rest a few hours in the airport.  It was a long day, but I suppose I can't entirely complain.

As for today, We went to the Museum--Galerķa El Gayo Arte.  It was nice, but we weren't able to see half of the paintings.  We mostly saw paintings by famous Spaniards, but we have free reentry 6-8 the rest of the week.  We plan to go back.

We then walked around much of downtown Madrid and viewed the sights.  Almost every little window has a balcony---but not all of them are even accessible in any.  Some of them are just this balcony extended around the window--by like a foot!  Anyway, it looks cool from the street.  No one would every really know that I guess.  Another thing I noticed is that everything has a ton of detail.  Even some of the roads are detailed rock.  There are tons of parks and plenty of people playing instruments for money.  The sounds are beautiful--just sit on a bench and relax.

We then made our way to the Royal Palace in Madrid.  It was amazing.  As I mentioned in my last blog, only around 2,800 rooms.  That's all.  The courtyard was huge!!  I have pictures of that, but everything else is just some pictures I found online.  Each room is decorated with a theme.  Moreless Spanish, Italian, and Greek themes.  Every ceiling is painted with some mural--must like the Sistine Chapel.  There are also a lot of marble and plaster on the walls---oh and gold leaves!  Every room has a huge chandelier(s).  Some chandeliers were made of silver and crystals, while others were just brass.  We also so many bronze statues!!!  The dining table alone was seat for 114 people, but that was only half the room.  The table can extend the full length of the room.  The dining room had 1,800 lights in the chandeliers.  I could not imagine the day when all these lights were candles.  No wonder they had servants---ha ha.

I will try to post some pictures now.


Here is my phone number:  Access Code + Phone Number: (011) 34 619845406

Here is my address:  Gobelaurre, 21, 2 derecha
                                48930 Romo

I am not sure if I can recieve physical mail here---I will let you know :)
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