Being a tourist in your own city (the heat is on).
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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"Hey Steve, where are you going?"
"Work of course, what did you think...???, that I was heading for the pool???"
"Well maybe, it's a public holiday after all."
"You're kidding right???"
"Well, in that case I'm heading into town instead
What's better than having a Monday off because it's a public holiday? Well, how about having a Monday off because it's a public holiday you didn't know about??? Don't ya just love it!!!
It's mid-May and the temperatures here in Madrid already hover around 30 degrees Celcius. Weather like this makes the Madrileņos long for the beach. Me however..., I am just happy to walk around for hours taking in the different sights, while enjoying the fabulous sunshine and hot weather here in Madrid (while taking the time to stop for a beer or two of course). It makes all my local friends just laugh at me. "Give it a couple of more months Esteban and you'll surely hit the beach with us instead. You ain't seen nothin' yet. B-B-B-Baby, you just ain't seen n-n-n-nothin' yet". Maybe they are right, but for now at least all the sun just makes me smile.
I have been here in Madrid for almost four months now, and realize that I have taken about one photo per month of the city so far. It's quite typical I think. You go on a weekend break to Rome for four days, running around like a "skadeskutt" hyena while snapping about a zillion photosThe Vasa Museum (apparently Scandinavia's most visited museum). But did I manage to visit the museum during the 3,5 years or so I lived in the city? Nope, not before I went back on a short weekend break a few years later, did I go see for myself the only remaining, intact 17th century ship in the world. I am sure it's something most of us can relate to, and of course also improve heavily on. Being a tourist in your own city that is, something I believe most people are pretty poor at. But it can be pretty fun, so you should try it out one day! So this public holiday Monday I bring my camera and head for the famous Prado Museum. Being a Monday, the Prado is of course closed, so I head over to the botanical garden instead. In my early twenties I never ever thought I would pay money to go look at some green plants. For me a botanical garden was the ultimate time waster. Nothing moves in there, it is so dead and quiet. What's the fun and action in this place you sad suckers??? I could think of nothing more boring, except maybe the old people wasting their time in there while smelling all the roses. That was about until I went to Kew Gardens in London some years ago. Once again I found it quiet, but also very peaceful. "Hey, this is pretty cool actually" I thought