Tuesday, July 11, 2006

In Madrid

Got to Madrid, set up camp and headed out for some lunch. There is a restaurant right across the street from our hostel, and it had a menú for lunch, so we decided to eat there. First course was good and all, but for the second course I ordered higada de pollo blah blah blah. All I saw was ´pollo,´ which means chicken. Unfortunately, what I didn´t know was that higada means liver. So when my second plate came out it was half french fries, and half chicken livers. They must have killed 15 chickens to make my lunch. And if you´ve never had chicken liver just by itself, it has a consistency that is hard to deal with. I ate a little of it, left most of it on the plate, got a dirty look from the waiter, and then moved on to dessert.

Aside from the initial lunch fiasco, everything has been going really well. We´ve been to two museums so far: the Reina Sofia and the Prado. The Prado was mostly classical art, while the Reina Sofia was mostly modern art. Both were amazing and inspiring.
Breakfast has usually been at a little cafe called the Mallorquina, where we get a couple pastries and a cafe con leche all for 3€ apiece. For lunch we usually pick a nearby restaurant and eat the menú del dia, which is always delicious. Lunch today was at the Museu de Jamon (the ham museum).

Had another crazy awesome dinner at a restaurant called Suite. They didn´t even start serving until 10:30, which means we didn´t really start eating until about 11:15, and didn´t finish until about 1am. It was a 5 course dinner including:
pate de foie gras,
salad with lamb and granny smith apple,
lobster ravilione,
and white mousse with raspberry ice cream.
We also had another bottle of good spanish wine. Dinner was delicious, and we walked home very happy.

Sat and Sun nights we went out to the clubs of Madrid. Sat we partied at a cool place called Ohm, where we made some friends (Nacho and his girlfriend Almudena, named after the patron saint of Madrid) that we talked to and danced with until about 6 am. Sunday we went out to Ananda, which was decorated like an Arabic palace, and hung out till about 3 before catching a taxi home.

Time is up again, so I´m done for now. Just got my ticket and booking for my one last night in Barcelona, which will be alone, as the girls leave on the morning of the 13th, when I head back to Barcelona.

See you all soon!


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