Today was tour day and our last day in Madrid. We woke up early once again to have breakfast, and since the breakfast selection was exactly the same I decided to have the exact same breakfast platter – mini napolitanas, mini croissants w/ powdered sugar, an open toastie with cheese and salami, and a bowl of fruit salad (missing in the picture below).
After breakfast we dropped off our baggage in one of the rooms we had rented. This was because Kathy only wanted to pay extended rent for one room instead of 15. After dropping off our stuff we left the hotel and finally arrived at the Museo del Prado. We had arrived a bit early so we sat down and waited for the museum to open.
When we entered the museum we were told that picture taking was forbidden, so I was unable to take photos of the inside. We were split into two groups. Teresa would give us a tour in Spanish, while Kathy would live-translate the tour into English. Because earplugs are unsanitary the museum had what looked like tv remote controls. You could plug in your personal headphones but only a few of us thought to bring them, so the rest of us held the remotes to our ears like weird telephones for the entire tour.
After the tour Kathy led us to the Casa Soria, a favorite restaurant of hers. Along the way we passed by the theater we visited last night, the Teatro Reina Victoria. It had posters for the ongoing play Ay, Carmela! We passed yet another duo of gravity-defyers…I’d really like to know how they were doing their act, but I do not want to research the know-hows online. As we were nearing the restaurant we saw the Plaza full of fliers for some sort of protest, and were buffeted by the leaf blowers on either side.
Lunch was a delicious buffet-style meal. We started off with the salads and healthy appetizers such as rice bowls or pasta salad.
While we were lining up to plate up some appetizers, bottles of wine, sparkling soda, and ice cold water were placed on our tables, along with baskets of warm loaves of bread.
For our first course we had our choice of fried food, and my first buffet plate looked a bit like this: a small portion of veggies, some pasta, some cold cuts (to go with the bread), and a couple of croquetas.
For our second course we had a choice of pork, beef, lamb or fish with chips. I chose lamb with chips but after seeing (and tasting) the servings, I think I should have chosen the juicier beef dish instead. Not that the lamb was bad, but it just wasn’t as juicy as I hoped it would be.
We were celebrating Emily’s birthday this week so we each received an E-shaped slice of amazingly delicious ice cream cake, along with a small square of some other cake I didn’t bother to try – I did manage to nab another E-slice of cake from someone else though!
The only downside to the trip was the accidental damage of one of the beds. We were gathering our things from the room when one of us tried to climb the ladder. The bed was screwed to the wall so we thought it was safe, but it disconnected and fell over on its side. Luckily the person lying down on the bottom bunk was not injured, and nobody else was hurt.
I will definitely miss Madrid, but I am glad to be going back to Salamanca, with my home-cooked meals and fast internet!