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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 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 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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Jun 23, 2004 - madrid

ok madrid is great...its hotter than all get out here tho...im heading for the beaches...might camp there, if things work out well. Im headed to lagos, portugal, which im very lucky that i got the reservations beacuse lisbon and all of portugal is going off right now because of euro 2004...did you see italy win last night...holy crap that was great. then after that i think i will go to sevilla and grenada then up to pamplona...for the bulls. then after to italy...im totally not sticking to my itinerary, just going with the flow. every...

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Jun 20, 2004 - Phase II of the trip begins...Of to Madrid, and Europe on Sunday

I am hangin out in Buenos Aires at the moment working on my "Castillano" language transistion from Argentina to the Spanish of Spain. I am spending a portion of every day at a fantastic sports bar called "Locos por el Futbol", watching the European Cup in eager anticipation of heading over to Europe on Sunday June 20th. The city of Buenos Aires really does create a feeling of being in Europe, and I can understand now why it is viewed as such. I have met many people from all over the world here and made many new friends from Europe watching...

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FINDING MY WAY

Jun 18, 2004 - Toledo to Madrid.

We then headed up to Madrid and got to the capital of Spain around mid-afternoon. We got settled in and then went to the Puerto del Sol to find some food. We went to the Plaza Mayor and found a place outside but the food was a little overpriced and we ended up paying 26 Euro for 5 drinks and bread. I mean who charges for bread when you don't even ask for it... not to mention it was hard as a rock. We ended up eating at the BK Lounge (aka Burger King) before heading back disappointed in the Spanish Cuisine in the area.

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Jun 17, 2004 - Madrid

I wrote this in my e-mail Journal: A long train journey and then Madrid. I stayed four days in Madrid and had a really good time. I think my most abiding memory is of the of the Prado especilly Goya and Velazquez and really especially Goya's "events of May 2nd and 3rd" which record the rising in Madrid against the french occupation and the subsequent reprisals. As I looked at these paintings I realised that Spain is a country forged in blood and fire from the muslim invasions, through the reconquista, spanish succession, peninsular war and...

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Andy's Wanderings

May 29, 2004 - Ole International Hostel, Madrid, Spain

We´ve made it to Spain!! Yay and it´s warm! It´s so surreal that we are actually in Madrid, Spain. We fell asleep on the train somewhere in France and woke up in Spain! I didn´t sleep all that well, and woke up early, but it was worth it. When I woke up it was still early and I stepped outside the hot compartment and there was the Spanish countryside spread out before me. It was incredible. I stood there and watched the green hills and farmland pass by. Once in a great while there was a stone house with bright green shutters and the laundry...

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