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Madrid in pictures

posted 14 Jun 2013, 15:23 by Sandra Kirby
How I wish today was my "homework assignment" day.  For old times sake I recreate

So in order
7:45am at Madrid underground, which is quite a lot like LondonUnderground  with signs in Spanish.  Have just about worked out my routes after 3 days, shame I leave tomorrow

Andi so to conference for the day
12:15 waiting to meet CEO of National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society but she is late so I watch flamenco dancers while I wait

Afternoon is conference - Attend one of the larger sessions sitting so far back I am seeing second row of screens
Topic interesting, I tweeted during this session
Have been noted as one of the more prolific tweeters of conference - given the competition that isn't saying much!!

Me and thousands of others leaving conference this pm.  Might be nearly 5pm but sun is fierce and still over 35

By 7pm I have finally made it to Plaza de Sol, heart of old Madrid
The architecture is amazing, mostly built between 1400s and 1600s.  Streets are tiny but v busy
Even as I left city after 11pm tonight it was packed
I am on my way to meet up with some other NZers at Los Galoyas restaurant in Plaza de Mayor.  If you google restaurant you will see it is quite well known

Did not disappoint.  We were served tapas, my first since I got here.  Maria you may need to skip over next picture

 For my main I had house specialty - suckling pig
Served with Padua peppers - sorry Tony these have no heat but have been ubiquitous in meals served this week - small pepper deep fried - delicious

After god food and some laughter over dinner it was back to hotel where these two men greeted me with "Hola"
They AE watching puzzled as I continue to write in lobby

Now 12:21, which is time for bed
Have to be up, packed and out by 7:45

By this time tomorrow I will be in London with M&S Looking forward to it