Ok ya, I know it´s only been like 6 hours since I updated last. But I'm not sure how accessable Internet cafés are gong to be in Málaga so I'm just going to get completely caught up now so in case I can't update for a week, I'll atleast have a good starting point. (PS - I really like how accessible letters with accents are on this little Spanish keyboard!! It makes typing things with accents really easy... éáíóú muhaha)
Madrid is AWESOME!! I walked down the main street that my hostel is on which is called Atocha and down to near the train station. From there I went into the Botanical Gardens which are a little bare of flowers but nonetheless beautiful. There were lots of fountains and some nice trees and stuff. After this, I walked down tot he Museum de Prado which I really wanted to go into but the line wrapped around the corner so I figured that was not good and called it bad luck. Since I saved money on not having to get a museum ticket, I decided to buy myself a bus ticket on one of the open air double decker tour bus thingies. It rove me all around town past the Palacio Real, Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. I got off at all of these stops and walked around.
The Palacio Real is where a lot of the garden pictures were taken. It was really beautiful and I've decided that Spanish architecture is definitely my favorite. I really wanted to go out onto the little courtyard that they have here, but it was closed for some reason. There were people in side, so I assume maybe they were realyl there on official business or something. There were police everywhere. They would´'t even let me get close up to the gate to take a picture.
The Plaza Mayor was my favorite. It was just a big open square with buildings on all sides and all these people set up painting and entertaining. There was a puppet guy making puppets dance around, a guy painted all black being a statue, a guy playing glasses of water (think Miss Congeniality, but it actually was working and it sounded soooo pretty!!). There were so many people painting and you could just stand there and watch them and it was incredible. After this, I went to a cute little counter cafe and got their "house special"... a calamari sandwich. They were EVERYWHERE - so I had to try one. It was sooooo good. The calamari was SO fresh and not greasy at all and the bread was fluffy and kind of had a sourdough taste to it so it was salty and yum!! Then I got some caramels from a kiosk and a gatorade and started my long trek home.
I know there's so much that I didn't see here and this is definitely a place that I am going to want to come back to. I've heard the musuems are the best part and I didn't even go inside one. Anyways, off to find some dinner now and to bed early. I have an early train to Málaga tomorrow!!