So today is all about getting to the “Madrid” in “Morocco to”, so that means five hours on a bus. Uneventful ride, save a screaming baby and the realization that I’ve now seen Independence Day so many times that, as it silently plays on the bus movie system, I can remember and recite most of the important lines. Cab ride from the train station later and we’re at our first AirBnB flat!
In a sign that we’ve been together a while, Daina and I both came up with the term “Economical/Economica” to describe the place. There’s a nice little living room outside of the bedroom, a shower enclosure in the corner of the bedroom, as well as a sink, and a WC for the toilet. Has a kitchen, laundry machine (WIN!), WiFi and Spanish cable, so overall, not too bad. And it’s a close walk to the three major museums of Madrid, so that’s a bonus.
Once a load of laundry had been done and we did a little self-catering shopping for later, we thought we’d get out and explore a bit of the city. Plaza Santa Ana, considered the heart of the Huertas district, is only a ten minute walk away, so we had some drinks and Galatian Octopus on the square at a place that charges a few cents more if you sit on the patio. Worth it for the square and the octopus once, but I think we’re good now. Strolled up to the Plaza del Sol, which reminded me a lot of Picadilly Circus in London, before heading into Plaza Mayor and over to the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) to catch a gorgeous red and blue sunset over the city. Really, just a quick walk-about to see some of the city at dark, with many more lovely sights to come tomorrow, I’m sure.