Yesterday we had another busy day. After the pub crawl the previous night we had an easy day in the hotel room before deciding at the last minute to join a tapas tour. We had been on Sandemans other tours so figured we may as well complete the trio.
The tour took in 4 bars where we received a drink and some tapas while our guide, once again Colin, talked about food and it's history in Madrid. It was a nice relaxing way to spend the afternoon and a bit quieter pace than the pub crawl. We really just spent the time enjoying the food and chatting to the other travelers.
We got talking to a lovely couple of young American girls, Jade & Emily, who are studying in Rome and learnt about all the best places to visit. You can't beat a locals knowledge of the best places to go. They have offered to show us a few sights before they head back to the US so we will take them up on the offer.
After a feed in the last bar we decided to tackle the pub crawl again. We thought we may struggle but there's life in us yet. For €12 each with lots of free drinks it is great value. So the girls and Jac & i pushed our way through the crowds and tacked on to the the crawl.
It was busier than the previous night but that means more people to meet. The first hour the drinks are free so we hooked in hard but the rest of the night we didn't drink a great amount. We had our free shots at the bars but only bought one or two more drinks. We met a lot more people on this crawl and once again they were all fantastic. Travelers all generally have the same mindset and are just out to meet people and have a good time so it's always easy to talk to each other and share stories. We wandered back home about 3.30 am but in better condition than the previous nights exploits.
Today we had a relax as 2 big nights do catch up eventually. We check out of our hostal tomorrow as we need to stay close to the airport for 6am flights to Malta the next day. We have a 4 star hotel booked for cheaper than our current hostal so it will be nice to have some luxury for a night.
Hopefully we can leave Spain on Tuesday as the countries airspace had closed on Friday when the air traffic controllers went on strike. They did however return to work today as the army was brought in and the controllers were threatened with 5 years jail if they didn't return to work. Funnily enough the airspace reopened today but there will be a huge backlog that will take a few days to clear. It would be nice not to have to set the alarm on Tuesday though.