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Day 4

Posted on: November 24, 2010

This morning, well, early afternoon, we walked up Gran Via to Puerta del Sol and went to Mallorquina for breakfast! I had the best chocolate croissant of my life! It was amazing. I want to get another one, but Kiersten said we should try something else at the next bakery since there are many good varieties.  The chocolate was so gooey and delicious, though! I also had coffee there.  I love that you always get a little cup with a plate.  I drank my coffee like it was water.  We ate our pastries and I drank coffee standing up.  There was nowhere to sit in there or outside. After finishing up at the pastry shop, we walked over to center of Madrid and took pictures on kilometer zero.  We also saw a statue of oso y modrono, one of the city of Madrid’s symbols.  It’s a bear with a tree.  After having our fun in Puerta del Sol, we walked through Plaza Callao on our way to Parque Buen Retiro.  Kiersten, Kelly, and I took many jumping pictures in front of the Congress of Diplomats building.  We kept trying to get a good one! Parque Buen Retiro was amazing! I loved it.  The leaves were still changing colors and it was a beautiful day.  We wandered around for a while.  It was nice to not keep track of time and just enjoy ourselves.  We saw the boat pond where people can row around.  We also walked down a long street lined with many different kinds of beautiful trees and saw Angel Callido, the only statue of Satin in the world.  It was very cool.  He was on top wrapped in a snake and there were gargoyles and lizards at the bottom of the statue spewing water.  We stopped there for Cokes and a snack of chips.  Mr. T. had ice cream.  We hung out there for a while, enjoying the warmth from the sun.  When we felt refreshed and ready to go, we walked to a memorial that was created after terrorist attacks in March of 2005.  We saw an outdoor gym on the way.  Mr.T. showed off his gymnastics skills. I tried a few tricks, but I mostly felt old and out of shape!  Kiersten also pointed out the spot where her and Karen eat lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We took some pictures in front of the sign on our way out.  I loved the park.  It was so beautiful. I took tons of pictures there.  Next, we hurried over to Puerta de Alcala, an arch created for the victory of a battle.  Kiersten wanted to make sure there would be enough daylight to see the remaining things she wanted to show us.  I liked how I could see the streets and buildings in the background under the arches.  We also saw Plaza Ciabeles where all the communications for Spain take place. I took so many pictures of that building. It is so cool looking! We also passed by El Banco de Espana and the Metropolis. We ended up back on Gran Via since we saw a restaurant we wanted to go to earlier in the day.  Unfortunately, it was closed when we got there! It was too early.  It was 6pm and it opened at 8:30.  It’s an Italian restaurant. I’m really looking forward to some pasta when we leave the hotel!

I really like that the pace is slower here.  I don’t feel like I’m rushing through things.  However, time also feels like it passes very fast.  Maybe it’s because I’m not checking my cell phone all the time. I’ve had a great time so far! I can’t wait to see and do more things!


1 Response to "Day 4"

Im so glad you are having fun! I cant wait to see pictures! Have you had a Paini yet or a Crepe?! How about Tapas and Paella? Or Sangria!!!! Are you going to were the bull fights take place?!!!! Im so jealous have fun!!!!!!

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  • BFF: LOVE this post. The third picture is my favorite and really resonates with me. Instead of comparing our lives to those of others, we should be immense
  • Cindy Friesen: Im so glad you are having fun! I cant wait to see pictures! Have you had a Paini yet or a Crepe?! How about Tapas and Paella? Or Sangria!!!! Are you g
  • Kiersten Trillhaase: You can have this AND a Mastiff or Great Dane, but you cannot choose it over the other dogs- I will not let you. P.S. Love the post about skyping


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