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Sep 16, 2004 - Day 1 - Amsterdam to Madrid

Managed to pack almost everything into my backpack. Had to leave a few things behind but not much. Very proud of my packing achievements. We arrived in Madrid in the afternoon and seemed to spend a lot of time waiting for one thing or the other. Waiting, Waiting, Waiting.... We checked into our Hostal which was near the Plaza Mayor in the middle of Madrid. They were renovating the entrance so it looked really dodgy. Mum had the look of shock on her face. She thought what kind of accommodation is this. She finally recoverd when she saw that...

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Sep 15, 2004 - Madrid: A quick vısıt around Puerta del Sol - Moins de 24 heures pour une visite de Madrid

It is sunny in Madrid and we have a great hotel with an excellent internet connection. We had a delicious hot chocolate with chichis, following Lucie's recommendation after visiting the palace. We manage to get the subway and a taxi to go out to dinner at Gerg's house... We almost got lost. It ıs late we wıll add comments tomorrow ıl est tard nous ajouterons des commentaires demain

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Aug 24, 2004 - Spain: Madrid

We arrived in Madrid but my backpack didn't. Great start! After a few exchanges with the woman at the info desk it turned out that the backpack was still in Frankfurt. Nothing we could do rather than wait and hope for the best (fortunately it turned up the next day). Jesus and Pila, two wonderful people Marcus met on the Camino in May, were waiting for us in the arrival lounge. Before we left the airport building we double-checked with Iberia that there wouldn't be any problems entering Mexico on a one-way ticket a few days later. Of course...

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Jul 30, 2004 - Madrid

Back where we started, Said good-bye to Burgos and arrived in Madrid at almost mid-night last night, good thing Esme had made reservations at a Hostal and that mid-night here seems like 8:00 anywhere else. Metro runs untill 1:30 so we had to figure out how to get to our place and get there or we would be walking through the city in the middle of the night or worse (Paying for a taxi). Got to the place which is about 2 blocks from the Prado on a lively streets that was full of people enjoying a Thursday night, we on the otherhand we glad...

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Jul 17, 2004 - Madrid...again

So after my Friday from hell was worked out, I decided that on Saturday, which was my last day in Madrid, I would finally see the sights. No Toledo for me. I just couldn't get up. I felt bad leaving my new friends, but sleep was more important. After another lousy night sleeping...mostly because the people also sharing my room got in at 6am and we drunk and loud (I yelled at them to shut up in my sleep I'm pretty sure)...I woke up and packed. On my way out I met an overtalkative American boy who was only in Europe to drink beer and talk to...

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Jul 12, 2004 - Bye Portugal hello Spain

Today we left Porto and head to the east to Spain, Went into Porto and booked the bus through Salamanda to Madrid. Todd worked out it would take 4.5 hrs. The ticket said 10. Todd was wrong. First part of the trip was good and we got the spanish border at around 2pm. Couple of passengers got thrown off at the border. We stayed low. Once we passed the border we stopped at a roadhouse on the other side of the border. One of the guys that got thrown off turned up and the drvier refused to let him back on. Well then it was on. If their is an...

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Jul 11, 2004 - Mmmmm, Madrid

Firstly a confession, I couldn´t help myself. After seven nights essentially sleeping on the hard ground, a heavy suitcase on my back, exhausted and weak after Pamplona....I checked into a hotel rather than a hostel on Saturday night (gasp). Not really a true travellers thing to do but the thought of another 10 minutes walking to my hostel and then changing back to the one right next to the hotel the next day was just too much. Oh the fluffy towels, enormous and comfortable bed and a BATH, I can´t actually feel too bad about it at all....

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Miezis World Tour

Jul 11, 2004 - Madrid

I arrived in Madrid at 7am Sunday morning and checked into my hostel. I took a shower and had a full day planned. First up was El Rastro, a big market held on Sunday mornings. I was so disappointed...the place was full of crap. Crappy clothes, crappy shoes, tourist crap, just crap. I have not liked the shopping anyplace I have been, which is fine by me since I have no room to bring stuff home. Madrid is an exceptionally clean city with the best Metro system I have seen yet. It´s cheap, goes everywhere (even though Madrid is a nice walking...

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Jul 7, 2004 - Lisbon to Madrid

Woke up to music blaring... which was our bus driver's wake up call that we had reached Madrid. I went to the bus station and had to wait around for the information desk to open since it was still 6:30 in the morning. After awhile the lady advised me that I had to go to another bus station and so I went over there and got a ticket. Too bad when I got it I asked the lady for the time and I misunderstood her and thought it was leaving in 15 min not 45. Not a big deal... but I also thought "Plaza" on the ticket meant where the bus was coming...

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Jul 4, 2004 - Madrid - part II

I met up with Jamie at the hotel in Madrid. He had flown out to Spain to meet me for the Corriendo in Pamplona before heading out to Israel. After a much needed shower, we ran out for a typical Asturian meal (a roasted chicken and a bottle of cider). Afterwards, we started the night off with a couple of jars of Sangria in a basement bar accompanied by classical pianist. One of the locals came by to find out how we happened to know about the place. He wasn't too happy when we told him it was in our guidebook (oh, well). Next: Off to La...

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Peregrine Wanderings

Jul 4, 2004 - Back to Madrid

All trains are FULL. So we take what we can, meaning waiting for the last minute and grabbing up cancelled reservations. We returned to Madrid on the AVE, then hung out in the capital city until an Overnight train was available to Barcelona. We are in the hight of the Turist season. I forgot the usb cable for the camara, but when we get to location to upload photos you can see Esme´s huge backpack.

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Jun 27, 2004 - Last day in Madrid

Well the title of this day is somewhat misleading... this was supposed to be my last day in Madrid, but as fate would have it ... this wasn´t meant to be. The day got off to a normal start, breakfast and such. Left kinda early to go to the train station to get the ticket because Ryan had said that the wait on Saturday was over an hour. It took me less than 10 min. After getting back to the hotel I said goodbye to the majority of the group and some of us stuck around since we had our trains or flights leaving much later on in the day. I...

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