OPENING HOUR ISSUES, CHURROS & UNWANTED SICKNESS // Madrid, Spain

 

Even though the weather kept up being freezing cold, we were lucky enough to have the sun show itself yesterday. It is amazing how much a city can change with a bit of light and blue sky.

On a recommendation from our tapas tour guide, we checked out a major park near our hostel. In the centre of the park was a crystal palace, turned art gallery.

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The exhibition inside was quite intriguing. It featured various moving marionettes within an old caravan, and eerie music playing.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Afterwards, we saw another free gallery, before walking around the rest of the park.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We had a place in mind for lunch, but once again found ourselves at a loss, as it wasn’t open! The time differences in everyone’s day to day lives here is proving quite frustrating for Chris and I, who are used to eating regularly and at common times!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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In the afternoon we came across a shopping centre that offered nice views of the city from the top floor. I was feeling a bit tired and had a sore leg, so we sat in the sunshine and read for about an hour.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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After a bit more walking, we stopped to fulfill another tourist obligation of churros. They weren’t as spectacular as we had anticipated, though I am sure if you had it with chocolate, as it is intended, it would have been amazing.

We did a bit more walking in the afternoon, and headed over to an area recommended to us for tapas at what we would have considered dinner time. Once again, nothing was open! We eventually found a mediocre place to have something to eat and drink, but ended up heading home early as I was starting to feel quite unwell. I ended up being in bed by 7, with a bit of a fever, a roaring headache and pain all over.

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I am still feeling quite under the weather today, but have stocked up on medicine and am taking it pretty easy today. We are traveling to Morocco, so a lot of sitting around at airports is on the agenda! I hope I can kick off this sickness, as it is the last thing I want when traveling!

– Reanna.

WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE // Madrid, Spain

I am not quite sure how Chris and I managed to remain human yesterday, after our less than stellar night of sleep at the airport. I will put our survival down to cheap coffee, tapas and red wine.

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Apparently we have arrived in Madrid for some of the coldest days of the year. This was devastating to Chris and my dreams of sunny Spain, but such is life. We spent the morning looking around a flea market, before checking out a contemporary art museum (EU student cards again providing us with free entry)! It was quite interesting, with some works from famous artists such as Dali and Picasso.

We decided to start looking for lunch at 12, but apparently this is far too early for Spain! Everything was closed until 1, but eventually we managed to find a place opening at 12:30. For 10.50 euros we received a huge starter, a main, a beer and dessert.

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In the afternoon we joined a Sandemans tour and walked around the city. I really don’t know much about Spain, so it was fascinating to learn about it’s history. Above is the oldest restaurant in the world!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Below is the palace, which looks very similar to Versailles.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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That night we went on Sandemans tapas experience, which was fantastic! We went to three different tapas bars, each representing a different region of Spain. Subsequently, we got to try a drink and tapas from each region. In the second bar we even got to drink red wine out of a traditional wine skin. It actually wasn’t as tricky as it looks! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the history of tapas, which made for a wonderful tour.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe are off for more sightseeing today, and undoubtedly more tapas! Apparently tapas come for free with your drink here in Madrid, which is quite different to the fancy tapas restaurants at home.

– Reanna.