So, you know how the New York Times does those fab “36 Hours In…” columns? We’ve developed our own “Uh, An Evening and a Morning In…” bit for Madrid. Tada!
4:45 p.m.: Arrive at your hotel. Check out the comfy, modern, and way affordable Sercotel Suites Viena where I EVEN GOT A FREE COMB. I’m just saying. I don’t take that stuff lightly. Resist the urge to lay in bed and watch Spanish game shows and hit the town!
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Hoof it through the Plaza de Espana where you’ll see plenty of people taking their dogs out for post-work walks. Bemoan the fact that you miss your dog (or “Doodie” as you may obnoxiously choose to call him), but admit that you’re looking forward to Spanish cheese more than you are to seeing him. Stop by the stunning and scenic Palacio Real de Madrid and take some gorgeous photos of the sun setting over the building. (Realize later that you turned your auto focus off, and most of your Madrid shots will be a hazy, albeit happy blur.) Wander towards the famed Plaza Mayor and all the wonderful, twinkling streets surrounding it, where you will gawk at massive amounts of wine and cheese on display. Consider a move to Spain.
10:00 p.m. – Midnight: Snuggle into bed at your hotel and flip on one of those tempting Spanish game shows. Become hooked on something called Killer Karaoke and have the following email exchange with your mother:
Me: This karaoke show is getting weirder. I may have to move here.
Mom: We have plenty of weird shows here.
Me: Where they wax a man’s chest as he tries to sing Aretha Franklin songs?
Mom: Maybe not that weird.
We really, really loved what little we saw of Madrid and can’t wait to go back and dig into it with more time. I’m thinking trip to Madrid, train down to the southern coast of Spain, and ferry on over to Tangier. Basically, a reverse of this trip. Puttin’ it on the list!