Dec 23, 2007
Travel Advice: Stayed at Al Hostal (a place I found through Madrdi30.com) - great place! Under 30 euros for my own room with shower and sink, free laundry service, and the nicest (non-English speaking) family/owners!
Getting into Madrid, I caught a bit of a cold (no, not swine flu, just a small cold). I decided to take it easy in order to make sure that I was in perfect health for the remainder of my trip (London and Iceland). So I just went to a couple of the fantastic museums there and then strolled through their version of Central Park, El Parque del Retiro.