A Full Day in Madrid

Friday, July 12, 2013
Madrid, Madrid, Spain and Canary Islands
We left the hostel (Pension Magdalena) at 9:30 AM  and went to the train station in order to pursue getting a reservation for our train tomorrow to Seville.. The line was long (we were not surprised), so we grabbed some breakfast while waiting 45 minutes until our turn. We then got our reservations around 11 AM and headed to Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum.

Since we were students, we had free admittance and they had a temporary Dali exhibition . So, after we learned about his life, saw the clocks, saw Picasso's Guernica, and saw the rest of the museum, we left and headed to the Prado Museum.

The Prado museum was also free admittance for us, since we were students under 25. We walked around Prado and saw many famous Spanish paintings and left. Prado is huge, It is a lot like Louvre, so it’s pretty much impossible to see everything. We definitely got a little bit overwhelmed with all the art in that one day.

We finished up with the museums by around 3:30 PM. We began walking back toward the hostel to prepare for the evening. We have planned to do an organized Tapas tour and then possibly an organized pub crawl to meet people.

On the way back to our hostel, we stopped in a grocery store to buy some supplies. While searching for some food without meat for Dilyara, we heard another couple speaking English and asked them to help us find something without meat . It turned out that they were visiting from Seattle, Washington and the woman was from Russia. We immediately all began talking and caused a nice "traffic jam" for the grocery store for about 35 minutes. We then exchanged contact information to possibly meet up later in our trips. Then, Dilyara and I headed back to our hostel to get ready for the evening and grab a power nap.

After the nap, we took  the subway to the meeting point Chueca plaza for the Tapas tour. It was definitely worth it and I would recommend doing the tour to anyone who goes to Madrid . It was through Sandeman’s neweurope company. For 14 Euro, you get two free drinks and unlimited food to eat for 2 hours. This also gives you a great chance to meet tons of people.

We met people from all over  and then left to go on the pub crawl. I would not advise doing the pub crawl through this company, because it was more expensive than it was worth. We still met a lot of people and had a great time, but I do not think that we will do the organized pub crawl through this company in Madrid again.

We then went home and got some sleep to prepare for tomorrow. We are planning to go on the free tour at 11AM, then grab our bags and head to the train station.
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