We’ve made it, safe and sound, to Madrid. Let me say that flying British Airways first class is an experience unto itself. Access to the VIP lounge at the airport with free food and beverages and having a seat on the plane that lets you fully recline is something that can’t be beat. The flight attendants bring you champagne and the food is actually quite good.

I was able to sleep for about 6 hours our of the 9 hour flight so I ended up in Madrid in a lot better shape than I had anticipated…even with a 5 hour layover in London.

The hotel we booked is fantastic. We have a balcony with a fantastic view of the Gran Via.


We set off to El Corte Ingles to lay in some supplies like water, cookies, cokes and the like. I was also able to buy a SIM car for my iPhone so I have data and a local phone number while I am here.

We had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Da Nicola which is right of the Gran Via and came recommended by the hotel. It was very good.

It’s now 10:15 pm local time and we’re beat. It’s been a long couple of days and we are ready to get some sleep.

It is raining and that’s kind of a drag, but we can deal with it. Tomorrow we’re off to the Atocha station to get our train ticket to Valencia for next week and then off to see some museums.

Arrival Madrid

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