Ivan, Jennifer and I packed everything up on October 5, 2009. We waited for the taxi we ordered. The taxi was late since he couldn’t find the correct street. The taxi drove us to the train station in Alicante.
The train seats were nice. We had a comfortable journey. It took us 3 1/2 hours to arrive in Madrid.
We got tickets for the Metro train. It only costs 1 Euro per person.
We checked in to the Best Western Arosa. Our room was nice with a great view of the street below.
In Spain, they have a siesta at 2-5 pm. A lot of shops and restaurants are closed at that time. Ivan bought a few sandwiches from a shop nearby. We chilled in the room for awhile.
We walked to El Castello Restaurant. It’s a small little Spanish restaurant. There’s only a few tables inside.
There’s no menu. The waiter tells you what’s available for the night. Ivan told him that Ivan and Jennifer preferred no beef or pork and that I liked bananas and chicken.
Ivan and Jennifer ordered avocado salad, fish croquettes, goats cheese fried in an eggroll wrapper and tuna.
I had chicken and banana salad, banana fried in an eggroll wrapper and a banana and chicken kebab. The food was great!
Ivan and Jennifer wanted dessert. They ordered a tasty chocolate fondant.
We walked to bar Cock. The bar was quiet and the drinks were expensive. So, we walked back to the hotel to get some sleep.
Ivan, Jennifer and I walked around Madrid on October 6, 2009. There’s lots of amazing buildings everywhere. The buildings are really clean.
We stopped by a traditional tapas bar. Ivan and Jen had cod croquettes. I had banana croquettes. They were tasty!
We went to lunch at Meson Cinco Jotas. We all ordered toasties. I had bananas with a light banana sauce. Ivan got smoked cod with an orange sauce (can’t recall the name). Jennifer had tuna and peppers. Our server gave us a free plate of potato salad.
It was time for more walking. We went shopping.
We went to another tapas bar. This time we had tasty shrimps in a garlic sauce.
Ivan and Jennifer each had a glass of wine. I had a banana juice.
Next, we went to Las Bravas. Ivan and Jennifer ordered potato bravas and a glass of wine. I had banana bravas.
We walked around some more. We walked back to the hotel for a siesta. We rested for a bit.
That night, we walked to Cardamomo. We were going to see flamenco dancing. Ivan reserved seats on the phone yesterday. We got there early. Our table was in the front row. We were happy to get great seats. The food at Cardamomo is expensive. A cheese plate cost 18 Euros!
We walked to a local tapas bar down the street. Ivan and Jennifer got cheese and a glass of sherry. I had two bananas.
We went to another tapas bar nearby. Ivan and Jennifer got a huge plate of potato bravas.
We went back to Cardamomo. The flamenco show started. There was a band playing. It sounded really good. There was a guy dancing first.
He was really into it! It seemed like he was in his own world. A lady started dancing as well. She was awesome!
It was very cool being so close to the action. The dancing was really amazing. The dancers tap their feet to the music. I don’t know how they do it so fast! The show was wonderful.
After the show, we wanted to get some food. We walked to an Italian restaurant nearby.
Ivan and Jennifer shared a delicious pizza with goats cheese, apple and caramelised onions. They also got a nice black ravioli filled with cod. I had banana tortellini. The food was really good and cheap.
We walked back to the hotel and called it a night.