|Iberia's First Class service on the way to Madrid|
|Daddy, Eclipse, y Karen|
|Don Quijote and his brother, practicing the poking of the bull at Karen's horse stables|
That evening we had dinner at the house, with everyone assembled for wine, Iberian ham, great cheese, and all those other delicacies that Lydia likes to concoct. On Friday, Sabine and I took the metro to downtown Madrid, about a 30 minute ride from the Davieses’ home just minutes away from the Barajas airport. We had been told about the “Turibus,” an open double-decker that affords on/off privileges and makes two loops through the “old” as well as the “new” Madrid. It was a gorgeous day, with temperatures in the mid-70s, maybe, and nothing but perfectly blue skies. Madrid showed itself from its prettiest side—was it maybe because of the looming decision by the IOC on who will host the 2020 summer Olympics?
|Madrid from the Turibus|
|Ham, ham, and more ham|
By mid-afternoon, Howard had joined us and we started to find places for tapas and beers—not a problem for us, at all. We went to some interesting little bars, and it seemed that Madrid kept filling up the longer we stuck around. Well, it was Friday afternoon, after all. Even though we spent less than 10 hours in the heart of the city, I think we both got a really good feel for the vibrancy of this city. What a nice day!
|The buddies having tapas at the Casa Labras|
When we got back to the house after nightfall, both of us were too tired to go out one more time—and we certainly weren’t hungry enough for that, either. So, we spent a few more hours talking the evening away and then hit the rack at a definitely un-Spanish time (around midnight), getting ready to close down our stop-over in Madrid and continue our trip toward the Canary Islands on Saturday morning.
|Bocadillo de jamon plus cana de cerveza for a measly 2 euro|
Once I have faster internet service I will add a few more pics and then continue to tell about our impressions of this interesting island in the Atlantic, but now it is time to soak in the sun.