Madrid, my time with you is almost up. It was nice getting to know you, but I barely scratched the surface. I will be back, don’t worry.
I’m blogging early tonight because I’m taking a sleeper train to Lisbon tonight and will be wifi-less! I’m actually kind of excited to sleep on the train, I can’t remember the last time I did that! I thought I was going to take an early train this morning and get to Lisbon at 10:30 tonight, but my irail app was wrong, and there is no such train. So, I had to take this one instead. I also get to pretend I’m a rich person for the night, because all they had left were 1st class individual compartments, so I’m going in style!
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So today I decided to just wander around and see some of the things I haven’t seen yet. I went to the Mercado for lunch ( I was so happy they were open on Good Friday!) and had an incredible assortment of goodies. See the foodie tab for photos… Spain seems to excel at dehydrated fruit ands fruit jellies. I see them everywhere and today decided to try. How can you make a dehydrated strawberry taste so moist and delicious and like candy, can you tell me? And I found a little place that makes hand-made fruit jellies, and they really are candy, but super tasty. So what I decided today is that I like Spain’s candy, but not their pastry so much. The other cool thing about the market is the alcohol situation. I’m not a huge drinker, but I like my beer and my wine with a meal, so I think it’s so forward and adult to be in a place where you can order a beer and carry it around while you try food from different stalls. Vancouver’s liquor laws could really take a lesson from Spain!
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I went to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza today. They had a show called “Heroines” running, and it was really spectacular. It was various paintings from collections around the world depicting strong, empowered women from the 16th century to present. I’ve never seen J.W. Waterhouse paintings other than in books, and there were 4 of his in the exhibit and they just blew my mind. There was a huge painting of Joan of Arc, Emily, I thought of you! Then on the second floor were self-portraits by women artists, Diane, I thought of you!! Just amazing, inspiring and made me proud to be a woman!
This is the restaurant where I tried to make a reservation for dinner tonight. But, because they are the OLDEST restaurant in the world, they were kind of booked up. The maitre’d let me walk around and go into the basement (the oldest part) to check it out. This restaurant has been here since 1725, and it’s in the Guiness book of world records as the most ancient restaurant in the world. It’s called Casa Botin, here’s their website if you want to check it out.
What’s a girl to do when it’s raining out and her feet hurt? Go shopping! This is a huge department store in downtown Madrid.