Ever since my first foray into the art of traveling, the experience convinced me to heed to bring along a necessary item on all my later travels, my lucky charm. On the eve of my trip to Madrid, I could not help but pack the necklace that had accompanied me on so many journeys and made my life much easier on so many occasions. With that in my arsenal, I was ready to take Madrid by storm.
The 7-hour non – stop flight from Toronto was uneventful for the most part as I slept from the moment of takeoff to landing. Yeah, that should give you an idea of how stressful packing and planning for this trip was. Getting through customs and out of the airport was another uphill task as the lineup was enormous. I stood in the line patiently for close to 30 minutes before it got to my turn, and once the officer stamped my passport, it felt like a heavy burden had been lifted off me.
Up till this point in my trip, I had been sailing along with my English but it was time to hail a cab to get me to my hostel, which was about 12 kilometers from the airport. I had prepared for this though, and brushed up on my Spanish well before time. I was able to find a driver who was willing to take me for 30 Euros.
Tour –Day 1
The next morning, I immediately signed up for a free walking tour to soak in the sights, and to familiarize myself with the immediate environment. On this tour, I made friends with an older French lady to prevent me from being approached by men seeking to “hang out”. To be honest, my senses were overloaded from the beautiful, magnificent scenery. I felt like I was being transported back in time due to the ancient nature of buildings like the Teatro Real and Royal Palace, which we were informed was free on Wednesdays. By noon, we were at the historic San Miguel Market where I unsurprisingly got separated from the group because I couldn’t resist trying the various Spanish delicacies they had on display. I ended up scouring the entire market, and got a taste of real Spanish cuisine which was pleasant to say the least. The tour continued without me, I had five days to make up for it.
To end this day with a bang, for some reason unexpected events always seem to happen to me. My son calls me up about some big corporate company to handle their water leak problems, so I just told them if the job is way to big for you to handle just call these guys at http://www.waterdamagepro.org/riverside/. There’s no shame in asking for help, plus its good business for everyone. Once I solved that, I continued to enjoy the rest of my day.