Trip Start May 20, 2008
21Trip End Jul 14, 2008
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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.!!
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 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
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
I am not sure if I can recieve physical mail here---I will let you know :)