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Last Night

Posted on: November 24, 2010

Last night after our nice nap, we got ready and headed out to Botin for dinner.  On our walk there, we saw Palacio Real at night.  That’s the mansion where the royal family lives that I talked about in an earlier post.  It was lit up and looked very cool! We continued walking and turned onto Calle Mayor.  There were a bunch of little shops we hope to go back to visit, but didn’t have time because we wanted to make our reservation.  Kiersten took us to Plaza Mayor and told us about what used to happen there.  It was created in that location because it was outside the city limits when it was made.  This meant they could have markets in the square and not have to charge people tax.  A form of entertainment that used to go on in Plaza Mayor was torturing humans.  Yesterday, there were shops set up for Christmas, but not open yet.  The houses that lined the square were beautiful.  One section is still owned by the royal family.  We stopped in a souvenir shop and picked out a few things for friends at home.  We continued walking down the cute little streets and stumbled upon Botin.

Botin was built in 1725. It is amazing that it still functions as a restaurant.  Karen, Kiersten’s roommate in Spain, was already there when we got there.  The restaurant was very unique.  We walked up 2 flights of wooden stairs to our table.  There was tile on the wall, which is very Spainsh, I’ve come to notice.  I didn’t take any pictures of the inside of the restaurant because my camera was in my coat pocket which had been moved into the coat room.  We each had bread that was more like a loaf than a piece.  We couldn’t figure out how to cut it, but Mrs. T told us the polite way to handle such a huge chunk of bread was to break it.  We ordered sangria which was Kelly’s first glass of wine!  The waiters came to take our bread plates because the food was going to come out soon. I still had a good amount of bread left on mine. Mr. T. told me to pick it up just in time for them to take my plate! I laughed so hard. I wasn’t done with my plate! I ordered chicken fricasse in almond sauce.  It came out served with rice.  I enjoyed it, but was a little thrown off by the green color.  They leave the bones on the chicken which was a little weird too.  Karen ordered the same thing I did.  We had a lovely time at dinner. The waiters spoke some English so Kiersten didn’t have to do all of the work this time.  After they cleared our plates, we drank sangria and thought about what to get for dessert! Again, Karen and I got the same thing. We each ordered an apple tart.  Kiersten got chocolate cake, Kelly got a pineapple with caramel sauce, and Mr. T. got ice cream.  The tart was so good! The apples were sweet and warm.  Kelly said hers was the best dessert she’s ever had.  We hung out a while longer and talked.  Men came upstairs and played all different kinds of guitars and sang.  There were little guitars, 12 string guitars, it was cool.  I wished I had my camera again.  We stayed until midnight! Just like the Spanish people do.  We had a lovely, brisk walk to the hotel.  When we got back, Kiersten and I went downstairs so I could change some American money in for Euros.  I wanted to have some of my own for little purchases.  $64= 43.6 Euro.  How crazy! Our money is not doing very well.  I called my parents once we were back in the room.  My mom seemed very excited to talk to me.  She said she is doing better and asked a ton of questions about Spain.When I hung up, Kiersten and I stayed up talking until after 3 am!

This morning, Kiersten, Mr. T. and I wanted to go for a run, but we woke up at 11:30! Kiersten said we will do that tomorrow and we should get going for today.  That’s fine with me! Our next stop for today is pastries! I can’t wait!

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