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Aug 21, 2016 - August 2-14: Cris, Claire, Jordan and Katelyn

Mike and I have been enjoying revisiting some favorite spots: the Prado Museum, the Caixa Forum, and taking walks around this wonderful city. It is clearly a city on vacation because many cafés, restaurants, and small shops have closed for the month of August. It’s quieter here, and plenty warm! Cris and Claire, Jordan and Katelyn arrived on August 5th around 4:30 pm. Jordan spent lots of time visiting our house when he and my sons were young boys. Mike and I were delighted to attend his and Katelyn's wedding in St. Thomas almost two years...

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Aug 1, 2016 - July 16 - August 1: Christopher, Carolyn and a Day in Segovia

July 16 - 22 We returned from our Lisbon trip nice and tired. Our time these days was spent taking walks in Madrid and getting ready for Christopher and Carolyn to arrive. It has been very hot (high 90s) and humid. Mike had a GI bug for a few days, with a fever, but that passed (no pun intended!). We go out early in the day when it’s cooler, return home for siesta by 3 pm, then go out again in the evenings. July 23 - 29 We were so excited when Chris and Carolyn arrived! They had traveled many hours to get here from Salt Lake City, but...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Templo Debod, Plaza de Espana, Caixa Forum, Thyssen Museum

17 junio, viernes This morning, Mike worked at the computer, planning our trip to Lisbon. One easy decision was to fly instead of take the train. The train ride is 9 hrs 30 mins at night. The train makes many stops. The flight is only 1 hr 20 mins. and cheaper than the train. In our quest to leave no street in Madrid unwalked, Mike and I decided to trek to a site called Templo Debod, located in a park across town. The jaunts we take to interesting sites are often more fun than the destinations! Our routes are often circuitous, and we enjoy...

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Jun 17, 2016 - Madrid

We went out for a breakfast at our favorite Churros cafe. We basically ordered the same things as the last time we were in Madrid, but they taste different - not as good. Being in Madrid mins of feels like coming home. I've spent almost all my life in Melbourne. The place where I've been next longest is Madrid, where all up I've been there nearly 5 months. Everything feels familiar and with the troubles we've had so far, it's a comforting feeling. Tess didn't want to go as fast on this holiday, so we agreed to take it a bit easier. So...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Palacio de Ciebeles, Biblioteca

14 Junio, Martes Everyday things take us a little longer in this beautiful country. The appliances are a little different, and sometimes the operation manuals have a section written in English, and sometimes they don’t. We’ve got the microwave, cooktop and washing machine down, but the oven…not so much. I tried to broil something last night. The oven made quite a bit of noise and got hot (hot enough, anyway), but I don’t think it was on broil. This is an appliance that has operation instructions in Spanish and German, but not English. We...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Reina Sofia, Goya Chapel

Friday, June 10: Maria Jose Martin, the woman who owns our apartment, called the day before to see if she could drop off extra sheets for the beds, around 10 a.m. She arrived on time and ended up staying for over an hour. Maria is a fun, outgoing woman of about 40 years old and she has a much better grasp of English than we do of Espanol. She did learn a word or two from us, though, and she certainly helped us with some Spanish words and phrases. Maria also gave us some ideas and recommendations for places to go in the country and...

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Jun 6, 2016 - Jardin Botanical and Parque del Buen Retiro

On Saturday, June 4, Mike and I took the Metro to the Atocha Train Station. We wanted to buy tickets for Tuesday to travel to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 43.5 miles south of Madrid. It turned out to be a busy day for ticket-buying. We waited 2 hours! But also waiting were two young women from Phoenix, Arizona, who were back-packing all over Europe for the summer, before returning to college in the fall. It was a pleasure chatting with them. Ahhh...the youth! The vigor! The station is a half-mile walk from Real Jardin Botanico...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace

We are adapting to living on a different timetable. We wake up about 9 a.m. and go to sleep about 1 a.m. This, from two people who usually go to sleep by 10 p.m. and get up at 6 a.m.! Lunch is a hearty meal typically eaten about 3 p.m. Dinner is between 9 and 10 p.m. and consists of tapas (various and delicious appetizers). The sun rises about 6:45 a.m. and sets about 9:45 p.m. Yesterday, my luggage arrived at 1 p.m. We were just about to leave our apartment for the day. We had expected a phone call, and could easily have missed the...

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Jun 2, 2016 - First days in Madrid

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,...

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May 15, 2016 - Day 23: Madrid in a day

I really liked Madrid. Really nice city. Very small. Totally possible to see the whole city in a day. We walked and walked and walked! The most we have during this whole trip. It started raining in the afternoon out of nowhere and we were relieved rather than annoyed because we took shelter in a McDonald's and gave our feet chance to relax. The only negative was that we took too long of a break and by the time we got to Thyssen museum they were about to close. I had their opening time incorrect. Totally disappointed. Next time for sure! By...

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May 14, 2016 - Day 22: Time for Spanglish

Today was our flight to Madrid. We got a travel advisory from Rynair to get to the airport 3 hours early because of security checks at the Morocco airports. We had an early breakfast and left for the airport. We were running low on euros again so decided not to accept airport transfer from the Riad and take a small taxi instead. Now that was an experience in itself! We got the taxi right away off our street but there were already 3 people in the car. The driver but both Mahwish and I in the front passenger seat! 𯘂𯘂𯘂 Airport was...

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May 7, 2016 - Madrid

5/7 Today we struck out for the first time. The semi private tour of Madrid was a total ripoff. We did see a park and a bullfighting ring, but could've taken a cab for a lot less euros and would've learned as much just walking on our own given the relatively little information imparted by our guide. On our own, we walked the San Miguel Market. This is an indoor market that houses small eatery counters that sell all kinds of tapas that you buy individually and either eat while standing or at small tabletops if you can find one. It was full...

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