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Oct 6, 2014 - Postscript- End of FELLOWSHIP of THE snoreRING

Well, one last final entry before I end this thing. Had a nice tapas dinner with some people I had crossed paths with about 2 weeks ago. 3 Germans, and 3 Americans. Said goodbye after dinner, got some sleep and got up to catch the bus to Madrid. Got the bus, but I thought what should be a 5-6 hour ride turned out to be 11! It was the milk-run thru Galicia and it brought a lump to my throat as I passed thru these beautiful small towns. Seeing Peregrinos I was so tempted to jump the bus and start walking- not sure which direction.I was in a...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Would you stay here?

Hola! I managed to squeeze in a little contemporary art appreciation at the Reina Sophia Museum this morning before busing it to the airport (not as easy as it sounds). I'm sitting at Madrid airport and I have some time to kill so I can fill in some detail about my various adventures in this huge city. Did you notice how I tried to create tension by not posting anything the day after my little night walk around the dangerous streets of Madrid? Did it work? Obviously not, because no one posted a message asking me how I cheated death...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Best opening line?

Hola! Woke up for an early start and walked 4 kms to the Cordoba station. I deliberately (it was deliberate) took the long way so that I could get some kms into my legs before the big train trip. Got there without taking a wrong turn or looking at the map (ok I looked twice). Convoluted and twisting roads create fear for me no more. I have become the 'map maestro', 'map manipulator', 'master of the maps', 'map magician', and so on..... I can feel another another rap coming on - only kidding (thank God I hear you say). The train trip to...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Arrived in Madrid!!

We were met by a driver, who took us weary travelers directly to our hotel. Liz & Duane, who we were to meet on the 30th, were our greeting committee after they had taken the city tour of Madrid, which we missed that morning of the 31st. The only thing we could think of was to get our bags delivered to our room, brush our teeth & find something to eat as we were starved. After a short catnap, we walked to the Prado Museum to see the El Greco exhibit, which was quite impressive & moving. We agreed that we'd meet up with our friends for...

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Jul 15, 2014 - Madrid July 12 - 13

After our very nice trip to Toledo we knew it would be hard to top, so we woke up early and went to the park to start a chill day. It was VERY big and extremely beautiful. We ran a little and sat down on a park bench after a the walk/run. Dad said he needed to do some yoga and walked into the woods so nobody will see. I found him and snapped a very funny picture. We went back to the hotel and shower. There was a market with great tapas that we wanted to visit, it was hard to find but Dad found it. It was very nice but it couldn't top the...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Madrid and Toledo

Yesterday, we took an Early train from Barcelona to Madrid. Spanish trains are as impressive as the French. Traveling at over 300 kmh the somewhat arid countryside zoomed by and we were there in no time. Upon arrival in madrid we had a mile walk to the hotel where we were very pleased with our large room. After a siesta we went out to explore and then had dinner (2 paellas) in a nice square. After dinner we went to see transcendance in English with Spanish subtitles. On our way back we saw some very popular street preformers do some very...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Ole Ole Madrid

Madrid, a fun, colourful, exciting city with lots of historical relevance and if it was good enough for Earnest Hemingway, it has certainly been good enough for me. I've read so many of his books referring to his time in Madrid and the rest of Spain so have enjoyed drinking at his watering holes etc. However, a couple of days ago, sitting in a public bus headed this way for 6 hours is never much fun. You read, doze uncomfortably, memorise your map of Madrid and mark all places of interest, knowing that you will only ever have time to see...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Hello pintxos - San Sebastián

On the road again, this time Bondi boy Matt was our Busabout guide. On the way, he invited us all visit his favourite bar for beef cheeks and mash. I was in for sure! We finally made it to San Sebastián at around 5pm, which gave us a couple of hours to find our hotels, check-in and relax before meeting up again at 7pm. We went to the Old Town, just behind my hotel and we got our first experience in pintxos (basically the Basque equivalent of tapas). Bars lined the streets and miniature cuisine lined the bars. The beef cheek bar didn't start...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Reina Sofia, back to the market and a flamenco show

Michelle, Maria and I had loose plans to go to Reina Sofia, the art gallery that is home to Picasso's famous 'Guernica' piece, but it is unless you have exact times and places, it is sometimes hard to catch each other on via email or Facebook. I just missed Maria's email and Michelle had a very late night and was thinking she'd give the gallery a miss, so I walked to the gallery myself at about 1:30pm, stopping to look in a couple of shops on the way. Guernica is an enormous (3.8m high x 7.8m wide) and complex painting that Picasso created...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Walking tour and the best markets so far

With a free walking tour booked for 11am, I had time to do one load of washing after a little sleep-in. I walked to Plaza Major and found Maria and Michelle already there. We split off into English & Spanish speaking groups and off we went. There actually aren't that many tourist attractions in Madrid, as most of Spain's history was made in Barcelona or in the Basque Country where the wars took place. However, as with all European cities, there were still plenty of stories to go along with the statues etc. and of course, the Royal...

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Jun 9, 2014 - New friends in Madrid

On the road to Madrid, there were a couple of familiar faces and more new ones. One of the new ones was Michelle, a solo traveller from Melbourne. We got talking at a service stop on the way and then we both got talking to another solo traveller I'd seen before, Maria, also from Melbourne. By the time we got to Madrid, we chatted quite a bit and decided to meet up for dinner. We all thought 'table for three' would make a nice change from 'table for one' made plans to meet at 8:30pm. Both Michelle and Maria were staying at the drop-off...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Final France/Spain Entry

To get to the airport Friday morning I walked to the metro station three blocks (downhill). I did have to transfer to another metro line but after 8 weeks it was a piece of cake. That second metro line took me directly to the airport. It cost 3 Euros. It took about 45 minutes total. A taxi would have taken at least a half an hour and I would guess at least 25 Euros. The flight went perfectly and arrived in New York/New Jersey early. I had a three hour layover but I needed all but a half an hour of that to get through customs and then to a...

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