22 September 2015: I have only one photo from Madrid: at the airport as we were going through the several layers of security and passport control.
I relive last year’s fantastic holiday by bringing posts over from the trip blog. This doesn’t aim to be identical to the trip blog, but an improvement, with text edits and more / better photos. Find all these posts under the tag: Spain2015.
I spent the day in Madrid in bed in the hotel trying to prevent a cold from getting the better of me. I’m still a bit woozy and sniffly.
Deb went into the central city and tried to post a parcel home. After much messing about, filling in forms, waiting for the system to not be ‘down’ she learned it would cost €24, or NZ$50, a ridiculous amount for the couple of things we wanted to send.
When she returned she said Madrid was a big city, busy, hot, full of shops.
We hadn’t really intended to spend any time here anyway and both feel very glad our trip has led us to visit villages and small towns and quirky places, rather than cities.
We’re flying to Morocco via Ryan Air who have strict bag allowances. Luckily we both still meet their stringent requirements, in spite of the couple of items we’ve added since starting our trip. It is really only a couple: Deb needed some shoes that wouldn’t aggravate her blister, while I bought a couple of small pieces of porcelain and a T-shirt. And a steel ring with a lizard on it, but that doesn’t add anything to our baggage.
I didn’t want to leave Madrid without taking a photo though, so our bags it was. We were travelling light, aiming to have only carry-on bags. We both had excellent Tom Bihn bags (I’m a huge fan): a Cafe Bag each, and an Aeronaut. Mine was the bigger, blue Aeronaut 45, while Deb carried the 30. It’s wonderful being able to avoid the whole checked bag business.
Addendum: I had visited Madrid before, about 30 years ago, and liked it. In the central city are interesting old buildings and squares. If I hadn’t been unwell I definitely would have enjoyed visiting again.