Once Lauren was finished, we went and had a pitcher of Sangria that came with two free plates of olives and some little egg tostada things. Then we ordered croquettes and they came with a huge basket of bread. Delicious!
Then we walked around in search of a magnet since I forgot to buy one during my last trip to Spain. Instead, I found a really great mask and Lauren bought a belt before we headed back to the hostel to pick up Michelle.
Instead of finding Michelle in our hostel room, we found an old smelly guy. By "smelly, I mean **really** smelly, so we switched to beds in a different room. A nice chef from New York named Alan was in the room with us, so we invited him to come out on the town with us.
We left to go meet Shiggins, a friend from med school, at the Mercado de San Miguel. Turns out the Mercado de San Miguel is a HUGE market that we definitely were not able to find Shiggins at, but we were able to successfully meet up with Lauren's friend Douglas from Bain.
Michelle, Lauren, Douglas, Alan, and I had some tapas and a few bottles of wine, then headed out to the janky bars in downtown Madrid. Apparently, girls get the first drink for free from each of the bars!
Last time we were in Madrid we did get some free drinks, but it was a weekend night so there was much more demand. This time it was a Tuesday, and we were able to get free drinks for ourselves and our guy friends. We essentially walked around to the same 5 bars and had a bunch of watered-down sangrias and people-watched for the whole night.
It was really excellent.
The next morning, we woke up bright and early to head back to the airport to head to Marrakesh.
Definitely a fun 22 hour layover—thanks, Iberia! Also, we found out that all of Spain/Portugal’s airline employees were going on strike on Thursday… good thing we flew Tuesday and Wednesday instead!
Our time in Madrid was pretty straight forward: we pretty much ate and drank the whole time. The plane from Portugal was teeny tiny, but they let us check bags for free so it was no problem. We picked up the bags, took the metro into town, and found the hostel easily. Lauren went for a quick run while I did some research on Morocco and Michelle checked out the sights in Madrid (it was her first visit).