I left on Thursday and arrived in Spain on Friday. The good news was that I slept 7 of the 10 hours on the flight. After dropping my bags off at the hostel, I walked around a bit to get my bearings and to stop for coffee. I signed up for the dinner option at the hostel as a way to meet people. In true Spanish fashion, dinner wasn’t until 9pm. I had plenty of time to walk around some more and shower. My first impression of Madrid was that it is a big city, with lots of winding streets and people out and about.
The food at dinner was great, we had paella and bottomless Sangria. I also decided to join the bar crawl since the others at dinner were planning on it. We met up at 11pm and headed out to 3 different bars. They all had great dancing music and I think the jet leg helped keep me up until 3am when I decided it was time to dip out. I walked home, of course, stopping for a slice of pizza on the way.
The next day was my wanderlust day, where I would back a backpack, wear comfy shoes and walk until I couldn’t walk any longer. I first stopped for coffee and breakfast. Next, I went to the Palacio Real, but it was actually closed for the week. So, I took a look at it from the outside and the gardens around it. I knew I was in a popular tourist area due to all of the tour guides leading groups. Then, I went to a tomb over near the river. It has a great overlooking view of the city from there. Finally, I walked down along the river and through a park where I called an uber. I walked over 26,000 steps today.
I took a shower and rested before heading out to Teatro Flamenco, a traditional song and dance show, about a 20 minute walk from my hostel. On the way there I passed through a big shopping area. I was distracted by a swimwear store, but luckily I had left early so had time to browse. I also stopped into a bookstore since the book exchange at the hostel was slim pickings (I did them a favor and still left my old book at there anyhow).
The show was pretty good. It was the male dancer who stole the show! All of the ads feature the woman, but this guy completely killed it on stage. The speed at which he tap danced, whilst moving his hips was incredible. It also helped that he was extremely fit and attractive. The show was only an hour long, but while it was good, if it was any longer, I would have grown tired of it. Afterwards I stopped for a glass of Sangria and a salad on the way home, but accidentally ordered a tuna salad so ate some lettuce and olives. Contrary to the night before, I went to bed by 9pm.