Monday, September 21, 2009

Spain Day Four And Five: Madrid-Barcelona

On day four in Spain, we slept in (since we'd been out until the not so wee hours of the morning) and then started out the day getting lunch at a cute little restaurant:

Then we returned to the Plaza de Espana so we could see it in the daytime. (This is where we walked after the flamenco show - remember the pic of me in my cute red shoes? :)

This statue is Cervantes, who hails from Madrid, and in front of him (next picture) are his characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (and me):

Then we went to The Prado, which is the largest Spanish museum. It's free on certain evenings, so we could only spend a couple hours there, but that was just enough to see all the big time Spanish artists' works. Of course I couldn't take pictures inside, but here is the outside:

We went home and changed, and went back out again, with one of Adriana's friends, and a couple of his friends. It was a fun evening, but we unfortunately forgot to take pictures. The next morning we dashed to the bus station and almost didn't make it (it was a crazy morning, but I'm going to leave the details out.) Luckily, we got there in time, and we spent 8 hours (!) on a bus to Barcelona, with a couple of stops to eat and stretch our legs. Here are some pictures of our room at the hostel:

Taking a shower in our room was kind of like a circus act, but it was still preferable to the communal shower. (Not because it was gross, just because it was... communal.)

The balcony:

The view from the balcony:

My rash covered, swollen feet:

Some of you may not be super familiar with what my feet and ankles usually look like, but this is HUGE compared to normal.

That evening, we freshened up and walked out to a nice Italian restaurant where I had some delicious Gnocci, and then we sat in the street and had gelato for dessert:

More Barcelona fun to come!

1 comment:

Mom Ryan said...

Goodness...that was a sight...seeing your poor feet! I'm glad you were able to recover and enjoy the rest of your trip.