The calm before the storm??
Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
20Trip End Nov 07, 2013
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The day passes relatively uneventfully. We see lots of sights, snack on tapas along the way and get very sore feet by the end of it.
There is quite a lot one can see in Madrid, as with any sprawling metropolis, however one full day exploring gives a good overview and this would certainly be a city to come back to for a future Spanish sojourn.
The last hour of exploring was without referring to the maps and just staying on the ant trail, however one wrong turn and the other ants disappeared very quickly. By the time we wove our way through some very boring backstreets and re-joined the trail we had no idea of what direction we were travelling and, indeed, where we were in relation to our maps
Luckily, the trustee GPS has walking mode and after programming the hotel address we leave the ant trail once again and head back into the maze of backstreets. Whilst these modern day wonders can be often very frustrating, they do, on balance, prove to be invaluable in times of need. In a relatively short time our hotel comes into view like a beacon on the horizon.
An hours rest is all we need to recover enough energy to go locally to a café/bar (everyone sells alcohol) where we get a caffeine hit for endurance, then an alcohol hit for a relaxant. We sip sangria, gobble green olives and watch the Spanish world go by from our tree-lined pavement table whist also soaking up the ambience of a warm late summer's afternoon.
The evening's meal is had in another local tapas bar. Once again, the outside seating is a given (there is actually often a premium on the cost of the food to use outdoor tables yet hardly anyone sits inside). The day overall has been most enjoyable, if not tiring, and we eventually slip into a blissful sleep just before midnight. Has this been the calm before the storm?