10.5.08

Grrr...viruses....

So yes, I am fairly certain that I have a virus. My dear brother has been kind enough to send me some information on how to get rid of it and we'll see what happens....ugh. So, limited onlineness for Alli. Anywho, I pick up Stuart from the airport in....3 hours. I may take a nap before then, I'm awfully tired. So yes, I went to the Bodes Museum today. It has sculpture from "late antiquity"...well, that's what they said but everything was from the Middle Ages to the end of the Renaissance. Or at least everything that I saw. Then the French girl Claire and I met up with the Brazilian Saulo to go see Check Point Charlie. It was very sad in the museum. The actual site is totally a tourist attraction. They have the checkpoint still set up and have two guys dressed up as a US Soldier and a Soviet Soldier standing there, and you could get your picture taken with them for 1euro. I just took a picture of them. So, I'll have a few pictures of that too. Now, I DEFINITELY want to finish putting up Madrid...I'm so behind!!! Aaaahh!!

So, I left off with the picture of the Mader Faher jazz bar that we didn't get into because it was closed. But right next door was a Doner Kabab place and I hadn't had one yet, so we ate. Mmm...I was hungry! And it was delicious!
This is the kebab...
And this is me severely enjoying the cheap deliciousness that is a doner kebab...
And Stuart also enjoying the deliciousness...

Then when we went back to our hostel, we saw these awesome awesome street performers, but they weren't really street performers because they were trying to sell their CD. I hope the video comes up for everyone:

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Alright, another day down...two more to go. *phew* Ok...

Ok, then we went to the Reina Sofia to see some Picasso, Miro, and Dhali. Very nice. And it was free!!! woot!It's little plaza...


Then we went to Retiro Park! It's so so so so pretty....and LARGE!
Then there was the Crystal Palace. It was very pretty, just like a giant greenhouse. Inside was some sculpture, but it was really weird. But it was still a pretty building to look at across the little duck pond.Then there was the artificial lake and you could ride boats. We were going to do it until we saw the gigantic line...But in front of the lake was a plaza where apparently everyone goes to on Sundays (we were there are Saturday and there were still a TON of people). It's really super cool. People bring a few beers, there are a bunch of drum players, and people dance. I show you:
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Super awesome. haha.Here we are sitting in a really pretty area and laid in the grass. Haha, Stuart never makes a good picture-taking face. It's so peaceful and pretty in there. And then we heard some really really pretty music coming from somewhere and it just cut through all the sound. I videoed it, here!
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Pretty.

Then I was supposed to leave, but missed my check in, blah blah blah, that whole hellish story. So Stuart and I decided to go to a part of Madrid that he'd never seen to waste some time until my flight and get some food. We stumbled across a Football/Golf Range park. It was nice and people were walking/jogging/running. Then - oho, then! - we saw this super awesome awesome thing. An adult workout park. We need to get some of these in the US, I swear. More people would be willing to work out. It looks like it's just another children's playground, until I noticed that there were older people, particularly business people in their suites with sneakers, "playing" on it! Then I realize, OMG! THEY'RE WORKING OUT ON THEIR LUNCH BREAKS! It was so funny. So I have a video of that, too...

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Super awesome.

Then I had my super long wait at the airport. I was sitting at a random empty terminal when I noticed something that one cannot notice in the city. Madrid is in the middle of NOWHERE and it looks like a desert! Oh my goshness, so I took a picture of the surrounding area of the airport:
Crazy. So, that brings me to the end of my adventures in Spain! In a few hours I pick up the Staurt from the airport here in Berlin. I'm not sure how much he'll like it because he thoroughly enjoyed Madrid and its craziness (which is strange for him) and Berlin is so so calm. I mean, there is definitely more activity today, being Saturday. But it's still very relaxed and people don't have any problem taking their good ol' time getting anywhere.

But I'm off to take a quick snoozer before going to pick up Stuart at 10pm. Then I can start on my Berlin pictures! Yay!!!!

2 comments:

Denise said...

Haha that park was great!!! when we did the boating there was hardly anyone there, but we weren't in Madrid over the weekend so we didn't get to see the drummers...and you know what in PA somewhere (I can't remember where somewhere near where I live though) there is a workout park (though it's not only for adults) and it's a little less hi tech but it's the same general idea you walk around and use the work out things along the side of the trail...I need to remember where that is....hmmmm yeah your videos are awesome!!!!

musicffyou said...

Man how did you get into the Sofia for free you lucky monkey :)