Day of Rest

Trip Start May 04, 2011
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Trip End Oct 08, 2012


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Flag of Spain  , Madrid,
Thursday, May 12, 2011

I made my way home last night and finally put myself to sleep at 11:00PM. I didn't wake up until 12 hours later to a few emails from friends and family informing me that I rocked Spain when I landed with an earthquake in Murcia. Earthquakes in Spain are rare and thankfully it hit south of Madrid so all well here.

It was another nice day, approx. 70 degrees, so I put on my running attire and explored east. Passing the Palacio Real, the University, Temple Debod and around Parque Oeste, I got in a solid 5 miles.

One of the things I love about Spain is the Menu del dia that today costs around $14 and includes a first plate, entrée, bread, drink (wine or soda) and dessert. Enough to make me tired again, I made my way back to the hostel and took a 2 hour siesta. I guess the jet lag and a month worth of burning the candle at both ends, finally got to me.

Once I woke and showered it was time to meet up with a new Couchsurfing.com (CS) friend, Nector Perez. We met at the famous Oso (Bear) Statue in Plaza del Sol; a common meeting place when I lived here back in the day, like I said some things haven’t changed. I had sent a CS request to Nector last week, but he was only just got the emails. He generously offered for me to come stay by him, but once I was settled at the hostel, it seemed easier to stay put; a true sign that I am traveling with too much stuff still. It was nice of Nector to meet up for a drink nonetheless, and ultimately he hosted me for dinner and some Hookah at his home, where he shared photos from all of his travels. Nector is a true gentleman and I look forward to staying in touch. He already has a list of people for me to contact in various locations along my route. It is always nice to bond with a local and realize I speak fluent Spanish.

It was approaching midnight and I was still wide awake, hmm I wonder why, so I dropped off my things at the hostel and scouted out a dance club. I was on my way to find Tropical House for some salsa dancing but another crowded bar, Gari Baldi caught my attention. It was interesting to see what music is playing in clubs, all seemed to be pop since everyone was signing along. I was pleasantly surprised when they threw in an old Jose Luis Guierra song that I love.

The conversation at Nector’s led to a craving for chocolate and churros. It just so happened that around the corner from where the club was, is the famous chocolateria San Gines, another place I used to frequent back in the day. I strolled over there, it still stays open until 7:00AM and wound up sitting with a couple from Argentina and England (a long distance relationship, rendezvousing in Madrid). Together we shared a plate of churros and talked about traveling. On my way home, I dropped back into the same dance club, hoping to sweat off the dessert. I got home at 3:00AM and stayed up for another hour working on this site.
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