We have finally landed! And just in time because I was getting extremely uncomfortable and let me tell you airplane food is not that great. It felt so good just to get off that plane and walk around. After about 10:00pm when I finished up my last blog post, I tried to get some sleep. That was an adventure in itself, I was all in that seat trying to get comfortable, I would fall asleep, wake up and fall sleep again, nothing significant.
So we got off the plane and headed to customs to get our passport checked. When we think we have all gotten through we realize that we are missing our one professor and one student. We learned that the one girl could not find her passport, so she had to go all the way to back to the plane to see if it was there ( she used it to get on the plane so we knew it was in the country ), so while she went back to the plane we proceeded to get our luggage. Let me tell you, we did a lot of standing around and waiting when we got off the plane and that did not help our bodies which wanted to sleep. Thankfully the girl found her wallet and could continue on with the trip! After about a half hour of standing around, we got to our bus and packed our suit cases underneath.
Let me tell you. When I finally sat down on that bus seat, I got hit with a wave of exhaustion, but we weren’t going back to our hotel anytime soon. We had a bus tour with a wonderful lady named Olga, she was so sweet and super helpful. One of the places we stopped at was the Royal Palace of Madrid. It is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. King Felipe VI and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency. The palace is located on Calle de Bailén, in the Western part of downtown Madrid. Each of the rooms we went into had a color theme, whether it was green, blue, red or cream, everything, and I mean everything in that room was that color.
Finally, after what seemed like a tour that took two days, we were finally at our hotel. Hello nap-time!! Nope, we were told we shouldn’t take naps, we needed to get use to this time schedule and the six hour time difference. I am not sure anyone listen listened though. I know that as soon as I got to my room and I got settled I sent to take a shower, I just felt so gross from being around all those people and being on the plane for that long. After my shower though, I laid down on my bed and that was the end for me, I was out, wake me before before we had to leave again. Oh, did I forget to mention that we still had more touring to do.. no offense, I already love this city and I want to explore it but I have been up far to long to process this much information. And have I mentioned that I was starving? Yeah, I just had a small sandwich for lunch around noon and it was already 8:00pm. If you know me, I am always hungry and when I am hungry I usually get cranky hahah.
So now onto this dinner, it was a tapas dinner, which is basically a sampling of different food in small quantities. We started off with this delicious goat cheese and cured ham, let me tell you, this is what I have been waiting for, this is why I came to Spain hahaha. It was just so good, I couldn’t stop eating it! We were brought a few more samplings such as a salad with a light dressing and potatoes that had two sauces, one was a semi spicy sauce and one was a garlic sauce. The garlic sauce was very potent and strong, but very delicious. We also had croquettes, which had melted cheese and cured ham, oh man, that was to much for my taste buds to handle. All of the food we had was exceptional and I can not wait to eat more of it!
Finally after a long day we headed back to our rooms for some much needed sleep. Thankfully Wednesday morning we were able to sleep in a tad bit and we did not have to get up super early. we all needed as much sleep as we could get.
Tomorrow is going to be Wednesday all ready and we have a busy day ahead of us.
Hasta la proxima!!