Final days in Madrid, Spain – Week #5 August 18-23, 2014

The final countdown of my days in Madrid… Totally took the lazy route on this post. BAM. Done.

 

Day 123 – August 18 (32) – Monday

So soooooo tired from the weekend at the gay pride event so I relaxed all day. The only movement of my day was a bit of exercise in the park in the afternoon. Sloth status. Super exciting travel story for ya today 😉

 

Day 124 – August 19 (33) – Tuesday

Had to fulfill the last of my tourist dorkiness duties (yes I was wearing skinny jeans with sneakers AGAIN) by exploring more of the city.

The Puerta del Sol is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads. (Wiki)

The Puerta del Sol is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads. (Wiki)

Banco Espanol de Credito

Banco Espanol de Credito

Plaza de Cibeles - post office building

Plaza de Cibeles – post office building

Palacio de Cristal -a glass and metal structure located in Madrid's Buen Retiro Park. It was built in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines.

Palacio de Cristal -a glass and metal structure located in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park. It was built in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines.

They had book tied to the chairs - how clever!

They had book tied to the chairs – how clever!

The Palacio de Cristal, in the shape of a Greek cross, is made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics. (Wiki)

The Palacio de Cristal, in the shape of a Greek cross, is made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics. (Wiki)

Fun to photograph :-)

Fun to photograph 🙂

The atrium inside Atocha - Madrid Atocha is the largest railway station in Madrid

The atrium inside Atocha – Madrid Atocha is the largest railway station in Madrid

Day 125 – August 20 (34) – Wednesday

MORE touristy greatness in the city center. Tania and I went down to explore a bit more and so that I could snap pics and check out the Prado museum. I am STILL not a musuem person but they had free visiting hours at 6pm so I figured “Why not!”. We trekked all over town and made our way to the Prado and there was a massive… and I mean MASSIVE line waiting to get into the museum. Hell if i’m going to stand in a line (which I have no patience for) to get into a place that I know I’m not going to totally enjoy. We decided to scurry off to get a cold beer and sit on the patio instead.

The Plaza Mayor was built during Philip III's reign and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain.

The Plaza Mayor was built during Philip III’s reign and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain.

Jamon Serrano is the culinary symbol of Spain, which is generally served in thin slices, or occasionally diced.

Jamon Serrano is the culinary symbol of Spain, which is generally served in thin slices, or occasionally diced.

 Next to CaixaForum - a green wall designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc.

Next to CaixaForum – a green wall designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc.

Not a shabby place to have an office!

Not a shabby place to have an office!

Metropolis Building - an iconic office building in Madrid

Metropolis Building – an iconic office building in Madrid

Charming little book shop <3

Charming little book shop ❤

You MUST have churros and chocolate while in Madrid at San Gines!

You MUST have churros and chocolate while in Madrid at San Gines!

Giambologna's equestrian statue of Philip III dates to 1616, but it was not placed in the centre of the square until 1848

Giambologna’s equestrian statue of Philip III dates to 1616, but it was not placed in the centre of the square until 1848

The Plaza Mayor has been the scene of multitudinous events: markets, bullfights, soccer games, public executions, and, during the Spanish Inquisition, "autos de fe" against supposed heretics and the executions of those condemned to death. The Plaza Mayor also has a ring of old and traditional shops and cafes under its porticoes. (Wiki)

The Plaza Mayor has been the scene of multitudinous events: markets, bullfights, soccer games, public executions, and, during the Spanish Inquisition, “autos de fe” against supposed heretics and the executions of those condemned to death. The Plaza Mayor also has a ring of old and traditional shops and cafes under its porticoes. (Wiki)

Day 126 –August 21 (35) – Thursday

Went to the local park to get some exercise then came back to siesta (I have to enjoy the Spanish siesta while I still can!). Later in the evening I decided that I would partake in this whole ALS ice bucket challenge that is BLOWING UP social media. I was on the fence about it as I usually don’t have the “herd” mentality… but after watching this one video about a young man who has ALS — and how much the challenge meant to him… I decided to give it a go and have fun with it!

 

Day 127 – August 22 (35) – Friday

LAST FULL DAY IN MADRID!!!! Relaxed most of the morning getting my things sorted and packed. After lunch Tania and I took the metro to Casa de Campo which is a park slightly outside of the city center. There is a lake and walking path so we took a stroll around, ate some lunch… wandered some more… saw some man in the distance watching his crotch in the water fountain… then headed home for a siesta. Since it was my last night to go “out on the town” – we took a walk around the city center and had some drinks and fun!

Travel Tip - Don't pack a lot of black. You will look like you are attending a funeral on the daily. Choose prints or colors instead!

Travel Tip – Don’t pack a lot of black. You will look like you are attending a funeral on the daily. Choose prints or colors instead!

Views from Casa de Campo of the Palace & Cathedral

Views from Casa de Campo of the Palace & Cathedral

“I think everybody's weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”  ― Johnny Depp

“I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”
― Johnny Depp

Nighttime views of Gran Via

Nighttime views of Gran Via

My host Tania and I

My host Tania and I

Two little weirdo peas in a pod tearing up the streets in Madrid :-)

Two little weirdo peas in a pod tearing up the streets in Madrid 🙂

Floor #4! My home the past 5 weeks in Madrid (Tetuan)

Floor #4! My home the past 5 weeks in Madrid (Tetuan)

Day 128 – August 23 (36) – Saturday

GOODBYE MADRID!!!!! It’s been a solid 5 weeks of fun, friendship, and fiestas! I can’t thank my hosts enough for opening their home to me. I laughed so many times until I had tears in my eyes, became a master of the Spanish siesta, ate tapas, had many “WINE TIME!”s, melted in the Madrid heat, and had great convos about life and finding happiness 🙂

Next stop… Ireland!

 

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