In Madrid

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2009

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Hostel One

Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Madrid,
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I made it to Madrid and too tired to do anything. It might be a blockbuster night.

-Madrid isnīt really on the top of travelers lists of places to see unlike Paris, Rome, and London. But I figured since it is the capital of Spain, I would check it out. After reading up on it a bit when I got here I can kind of see why. There really isnīt much to see for the average tourist like myself. But I did some walking around yesterday in lieu of the heat. The first thing I notice is all the construction going on in the city. Apparently Spain didnīt get the memo on the worldwide recession because there is a ton of it going on. Even when I was in Seville and Barcelona as well. Or maybe they are pumping money in like the US is. Who knows. I picked up my good old tourist map and headed out for the highlights of Madrid. I made it to yet another Cathedral which was neat inside but I think Iīm becoming numb to churches. Followed by the Royal Palace which I declined paying the 8€ for since Iīve been to so many other better ones and it will save me a little bit of money. Then it was leftover lunch time in the park. So far I hadnīt managed to cook at all but last night I bought some food for a big meal and threw it in bags so I can take it along with me. I saved a lot of money by cooking. I will be doing it more from now on when I can. Then I saw signs for a "Crypto" underneath the church and I thought it would be cool.  So I forked over my 2€ and walked in.  The place was just a small church inside but has dead people buried all under the floor that your were walking on. They had these big stone tablets with rings on them and the names and dates inscribed on them.  Afterward I just walked around for a few hours and enjoyed the architecture of the city. Once in the afternoon hours of the day in Spain, it gets super hot here. So I called it an afternoon and just relaxed at the hostel.

I decided to try the Pub Crawl even though I wasnīt feeling like partying from the company that I had been taking all the free tours with the past few cities. I figured it is a good way to meet people and if you do it early enough in your stay, you can hang out with them for the next few days. After the 15 or so people and I made it to our first bar, 15 minutes had gone by before about 5 people decided they were bored and wanted to change bars. They ended up just leaving even though they paid their money. The remaining 10 people and I werenīt really clicking that well and the group seemed kind of lame. Which didnīt make for a very eventful night. I was pretty bored most of the night and probably should have just left but the last place we were going to was a club and it was supposed to be good. And I havenīt been to a real club club in probably a few years. So I said what the heck. The club was just a normal club that didnīt really have anything special. They had the usual overpriced drinks and rude bartenders. Oh well.
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martagisela on

Are you going to Zaragoza? One of my favorite singer, Enrique Bunbury, is from there! I am glad you are ok, and enjoy your adventure!

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