Madrid, evening train to Barcelona
Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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We knew it would be close in Madrid, but 5 minutes was just not enough time to catch our connection to Barcelona once we arrived in Madrid. Since we missed our reservation, the ticket desk wanted us to pay an extra €48 to take the next train! Lyn was not having that! Wether they spoke English or not, she gave them an earful. €6 later we were booked on the 5:30 to Barcelona (along with Rosie and Chris from Australia). Took some time to update our Travelpod Blog, wash some laundry grab some groceries in Madrid.
Leaving Madrid the scenery was nice. Within minutes we were in a country side of golden straw and farms of redish earth with pink and yellow hues. There were fields of sunflowers, a week past their prime and some awesome mountains of stone. The passing storm made it even more dramatic with the multicolored sky and the now dark brown creeks and rivers.
Eventually made it to Barcelona and found a small hotel between the train station and La Ramblas, near the water. Ditched our bags and headed to La Ramblas for a stroll and some food. Found a nice Cervaceria with a multitude of tapas, raciones, bocatillos and good cold beer. After several selections (chorizo, escargot, crab claws, mini bruchetas, insalata da mar) we headed back for some much needed sleep.