Diverted to Madrid

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
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Trip End Nov 01, 2005


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Friday, September 30, 2005

Well yep, you definatly read it right. The entry title says "Madrid". Not Seville! Yesturday on the 29th we rocked up at the trainstation to find that we cant get onto the train to Seville as its only for people with reservations. The eurail book never said this, but i guess its our fault for not checking. There was another night train leaving for Seville but that was completely full. Bloody hell! I was looking forward to seeing that place. After sitting in Barcelona's trainstation with many psycho's trying to chat inutter crap to us, including one guy asking danielle if she was my wife, and on replying "no", he then proceeded to ask her if she wanted to come home with him to be his wife and to have sex. we decided "bugger it", we cant go so we booked a train to Spains capital, Madrid. I'm disapointed that i wont be going there, and wont really time to back track as gotta head to scotland by a certain date. As i love seeing smaller towns instead of big cities. But good excuse to visit in the future when i venture back to Spain hey? Hopefully if all goes right, i'll know spanish by 'next time'.

So a few hours later we rocked up in Madrid, when ever you go on a train in Spain they X-Ray your bag. I'm not sure if the country's had any threat against it recently that they're not telling us about, as no one else i've met thats travelled to spain has mentioned this. Also you cant get on any without a reservation, which can be good in a way as it guarantee's you a seat, and unlike other country's in europe when you pay for a seat you'll get it here... Just wish i'd know about it a few days earlier. However the train was really cool. One of the cleanests and comfortable ones i've been on! Once in Madrid it reminded me of Barcelona with all the buildings being similar height, and style but it lacks alot of the bunk and buzz that Barcelona carries with it. ...and no La Rambla :o) Last night we pretty much rocked up into the train station, found the tourist office and got some phone numbers to ring for a cheap hotel for a few nights. So we caught the underground and then walked to find our hotel we booked into and crashed as i was so buggered from partying in Barcelona till all hours of the morning. Had the best sleep and woke up naturally for once without the light being forced into my eye's at 6am from a couple of thin peices of A4 paper that was used instead of a curtain... haha! I arrived in Madrid in the evening, so yet to have experience the weather here.

Today (Saturday the 30th) we got up, i wacked my shorts and t-shirt on again as the weather is once more beautiful! I've come to the conclusion that i'm here the best time in the year. Not in summer or leading up to summer where the hoard's of tourists flock, but the shoulder season gradually coming into winter, where you still do get the nice warm weather. So today's a good day to have a wonder and get lost - best way to get the feel for a city i've discovered! What i didn't expect (not sure why) but Madrid is very very clean, (sorry if i offended anyone), but some people i've spoken to about Madrid previously haven't spoken to highly about it. We had lunch (rediculously huge buger) with chips and the vainilla thickshake which i've come to love. Everyone always says "boring vanilla" yeah yeah, but in all honesty i reckon vanilla has a stronger taste than most other flavours... best of all it only cost a few euro for it all.
From here we walked around and ended up at this Modern Art Museum. We walked around it all and pretty much saw everything.

**OK!! WARNING, if your a modern art fan, i wouldnt recommend reading below**
Let me tell you this... I'm not sure what i expected and i'm sure glad i didn't pay to enter this museum (danielle did as i would of been happy to lay out in the sun), but i would have to say it was the most rediculous and fustrating experience! Now im not a huge art fan and dont know much about it, but atleast every single gallary and painting i've previously seen in the previouse 1001 galleries i've been to i've given respect to the artist as i can see the skill in the painting. But this and what i saw in this gallary is... in two words... "f*cking bullcrap!!" I would not call most of this shit art. Good on ya if you wanna argue and call it art, but no way in hell will i ever call this art or give the illedged 'artist' any respect for this rubish. The first room we went in had works where the painter drew horizontal and verticle brush strokes randomly in black paint... (waste of paper)! The other room had rediculous stupid basic drawings of god knows what on the paper, and you can find exactly this in kindygarden's all over the world... Except the 'artists' there are only 3 or 4 years old. others had a huge canvas with a total of 3 little dots on it... (???)! Everything i saw here was a complete waste of my time, and if i did pay for this i would of wanted to demand for my money back. No skill what so ever hsa gone into this bullcrap i've been looking at. And i dont wanna hear anything like there's "meaning behind it", rubish! Its just some ego trip for some empty-headed self proclaimed artist that thinks they're creating a masterpeice. The ONLY peices in here i'd give credit too was the Dali Dream like works where everythings warped and looks really good... Other than that, i didnt see any talent or art work at all in this building!

Ok - sorry, if i offended anyone - i had to get all the fustration out of my system... Get back to my travel entry shall i :oP

Rest of the time in Madrid i thought was fine and i got to see some really nice parts of the city. We walked around more and into this cool huge central sq bit and all the populated type streets. Some guy tried to get me to take a picture of his green hair?? - thanks, but no thanks, we got idiots back in our little corner of the world too! We ate at this absolutely huge bar / restaurant. But the nacho's and pizza was very average, so wont be putting the name of the restaurant down here for recommendation. Later a night i reckon it looked alright for partying though. I finally got some canasters which are a spanish thing - so very happy :o)

I didnt have too long planned to stay in Madrid as i was keen on checking out what Portugal had to offer! Time to grab my rucksack out of storage and head over to Lisboa (Lisbon).

Spain has been fantastic!!! The country side is also so brilliant and intruiging! The entire time my eye's were glued staring out the window as i passed through the country. Would love to come back one day and explore the inner regions of this land in spanish too. Untill next time - GOODBYE SPAIN! You've shown me an absolutely heart warming experience! Will see you again in the future!

ADIOS AMIGO!
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