Meeting with friends part 2
As I alluded to in the long intro, I met a guy named Lucas Lega queuing up to FINALLY board TWA 904 bound for Madrid. He was an exchange student in Annapolis, Maryland returning to Madrid. We talked most of the way across the big pond and we planned on meeting some time during my stay in Madrid. Sure enough, about two weeks after I got there, he came to Cisneros Hall, took me to lunch and I introduced him to my friends Phil and Eileen.
I had met Phil soon after returning from my weekend in Lisbon. He was studying philosophy in Madrid, yet he didn't know much Spanish. On talking to him for awhile, we discovered we had a great deal in common in terms of philosophy. He is very conservative like I am, but is more libertine in terms of social issues. On that trip, he fell in love with a young lady in my group from George Mason University named Eileen (I forget her last name). Except when I went away for the weekend, Phil, Eileen and I took most of our meals together. Sometimes, Phil and I would go out ourselves. One night we went to the amusement park to the south side of town.
Feria del Libro de Madrid (Madrid Book Fair)
It takes place every Spring (from late May to early June) in the Retiro Park. You can buy the new released books, best sellers, technical books, official publications... Every day, famous writers go to sign their books for the readers. You also get a 10% discount.
This year, from 28 of May to 13 of June 2.010, and the first edition took place in 1.933.
How to get there:
- Metro: Retiro (line 2), Príncipe de Vergara (lines 2 and 9) and Ibiza (line 9).
- Bus: 2, 9, 26, 28, 61, 63, 146 and C1 (Circular 1).
- Monday to Friday: From 11,00 to 14,00 and 18,00 to 21,30 (11,00 am to 02,00 pm and 6,00 pm to 09,30 pm).
- Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: From 10,00 to 14,30 and 17,00 to 21,30 (10,00 am to 02,30 pm and 05,00 pm to 09,30 pm).
Valle de los caidos
Built with the express desire of dictator Franco in memory of combatants of both sides of Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). There are aproximately 40.000 bodies, half each side, including the graves of Franco himself and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera (another dictator).
How to get:
From San Lorenzo de El Escorial:
Bus: Escorial-Valle de los Caídos; Line 660 in the Square Virgen de Gracia s/n (AUTOCARES HERRANZ)
Road: San Lorenzo de El Escorial-Valle de los Caídos; M-600
Road: A-VI, detour to M-600
DONT EVER GO HOME WITHOUT SOUVENIERS!
The best time and variety to buy souveniers is when i go on tour anf there is several shops that offer lots of different items big and small...cheap or more expensive...but never go without them back home!
the nigth in madrid doesn't...
the nigth in madrid doesn't explain with words you have to be there.
The best places are :
Saint anne's square with a lot of bars arround it.
Alonso Martinez, The arguelles's zone, Moclo street.