Today was a very tourist-y day. Breakfast at the hotel was between 8:30-9:15am, but Josie, Jess and I woke up at 8am to take our showers since our tour of the Museo Nacional Arte de Reina Sofia was planned for 9:30am. Breakfast was really yummy: the hotel served fresh orange juice, mini-croissants covered in powdered sugar, mini napolitanas (croissants filled with chocolate), different kinds of bread near a toaster oven, different slices of cheese and cold cuts, and plenty of fresh fruit. I had several glasses of orange juice, a salami and cheese toasted sandwich, and several mini croissants and napolitanas, topped off with some fresh watermelon slices.
We met in the lobby at 9:30 for our tour, and had a 15-20 minute walk to the Museum. During the walk we were able to see several gorgeous pieces of architecture such as the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Almudena Cathedral. We walked by a musical opera house, a ‘real’ cinema, a Chocolateria (which we were unfortunately not able to enter due to time constraints), and a Congress building.
By the time we neared the museum, we had probably seen at least three different signs advertising the different collections.
Before entering the museum we stopped by the nearby Starbucks for a bathroom and coffee break, and I had a yummy chocolate cream frappucino to go with my chocolate Starbucks coin. Upon entering the museum we waited for Rosanna to get our tickets. Because it is an art museum, we rented a locker to leave our bags and cameras in. We saw works by Dali, Picasso, and various other painters, along with black-and-white and colored films of the painters.
After the tour we had the option of staying behind to explore the other floors, go around to explore the city, or head back to the hotel. A group of us went to the train station nearby for lunch, and tested a waiter´s patience because someone kept popping up to join our original group of 6 (which ended up being a group of 9). I had a yummy meal of lasagna, coca-cola and fruit salad, all for 12 euros.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel for some siesta time. On the way back we saw a store called “Yuck”…I’m not sure if they were going for reverse-psychology advertising, or if it was just a bad name choice. We also found the sweeping man statue, and couldn’t resist taking a few pictures!
In the afternoon Jenna and I went around a bit and checked out the nearby El Corte Ingles for some good bargains, and headed back to the hotel to get ready for the play. When we felt that our outfits were satisfactory, we treated ourselves to Starbucks via the ‘free drink’ coupon we had received yesterday! The cashier misspelled our names, so for the rest of the day we called each other “Ady” and Janeth”.
We had plans to watch the on-stage performance of Ay Carmela and Kathy wanted all of us to dress our best. I wore the yellow dress I had purchased online from Forever 21, and new sandals I had gotten at El Corte Ingles for half-price.
We arrived at the theater promptly and lined up with our tickets. I had an aisle seat near the back of the theater – with a perfect view of the stage. The play was amazing, and the singers were on-key and harmonized beautifully. We weren´t allowed to take pictures, but I managed to get a quick snapshot of the cast during the final curtain call.
After the play (which ended near midnight) we headed back to the hotel. A group of people went to check out the clubs in Madrid, and although I wanted to join them, Kathy said my continuing headache was a sign of dehydration, so she told me to take a couple of Advil and get some rest. I´m really excited for our trip to the Museo del Prado tomorrow – you can never get enough art!