Mike and I traveled from Boston to Dublin to Madrid, arriving the morning of 5/30/16. Mike's luggage arrived but mine apparently decided to stay in Boston. We were told almost nothing by Aer Lingus about where the luggage is or when it might arrive in Mardid. The day after we arrived, we went shopping. I bought a couple of tee shirts, underwear, and jeans. This sounds easier than it actually was....finding inexpensive, non-designer stores and figuring out European sizing was a little challenging, but we managed. I'm writing this on June 2, late in the day....still no luggage, although there is a chance it could be delivered this evening.
We have walked all over our neighborhood, a part of Madrid called Chamberi. There are several small grocery stores and fruit/vegetable street vendors nearby.
Our apartment is on the second floor (third, in the U.S.), in the back of the building where it is very quiet. We use the tiny elevator now and then. On the ground floor there is a little cafe, with sidewalk tables, (see photo). The apartment is lovely, and thankfully looks just like the photos we saw on VRBO.com. Maria, the owner, is a delightful person and could not be more helpful.
Yesterday, June 1, we took the Metro to Museo del Prado. What a wonderful museum! We were able to see a special exhibit of the work of Hieronymus Bosch, of The Garden of Earthly Delights
fame. Odd, surrealistic, and full of symbolism that we didn't get, but interesting and fun. We enjoyed a tea/coffee break in the museum cafe (see photo).
We decided to walk back from the Prado, a little over two miles, through the plazas and busy streets, stopping for something to eat along the way. The people in the restaurants and stores are very friendly and helpful. Most speak English, although we're trying hard to converse in Spanish as often as possible!