Posts tagged Madrid
Dateline: Luxury bathtub in Financial District Hilton in Madrid. To figure out how and why the location is mentioned, you must first read The Madrid Death March, Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, and Episode Five. There just no easy way to get in this silly a predicament.
So how does an hour in a luxury bathtub qualify as one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned? How does that experience make so many later interactions down right funny instead of stressful?
Picture this. Switching hotels in Madrid, and too cheap to More >
Dateline: Blistering Sidewalk, Madrid, Spain. All sorts of historical grandeur around. All I want is a deep bathtub and air-conditioning. To comprehend my lack of appreciation of Spain’s splendors, you must catch up with Episode I, Episode 2, Episode 3: One Wrong Decision Can Cost You Your Life!, and Episode 4: Lost in the Underworld, Episode 5, the Madrid Death Crawl.
Once I arose from the belly of the Madrid Metro, the thought crossed my mind that I could still hail a taxi. Chances were good that the taxi driver would know how to get to my destination. But then, as so often happens, More >
Madrid Death March, Episode 5, The Spanish Stress Crawl
To appreciate the misery of the Spanish Crawl, you must first read, Episode I, Episode 2, Episode 3: One Wrong Decision Can Cost You Your Life!, and Episode 4: Lost in the Underworld.
I survived intact off the train at the transfer point. I only wish I’d gotten off at the right station. Now what? I locate another map and reroute my journey. Lucky me, I could reach the correct transfer center through the pedestrian tunnel. Lucky me there were several two and three level changes, but there were escalators. Lots of escalators.I only wish More >
Dateline: Deep in the Underbelly of Madrid, Spain
(1) a gargantuan suitcase on rollers returned after the flight with a slight problem. The pull out handle could only be pulled half way out. Thus, as I drag the luggage behind me I must maintain a stooped posture like that guy with the lantern who wanders the earth looking for an honest man. As a bonus, the boxy thing bangs my ankles with every step.
(2) a More >
Madrid Death March, Episode 3, One Wrong Decision Could Cost You Your Life!
Dateline: The not so fabulous Plaza Real Moderno Hotel, Madrid. Ernest Hemingway drank his way through the night just around the next corner and the next corner and the next . . .
How I got myself into this mess can best be described by thinking about the afternoon you bought something outrageous and daring thinking someday… whatever you bought would be the perfect choice. Only that day never More >
How to Sell Your Soul Down the River
Dateline: Backseat of taxi barreling out of the Madrid airport with Jorge at the wheel. Jorge’s so thrilled with the sunrise I suspect his morning ham was smoked in more ways than one. It’s a bright sunny morning. This tourist is on usual natural high. No stress or anxiety at all. Which is when I wave trouble right on in.
To comprehend this complex and daring episode, you must first read Madrid Death March, Episode One.
I learn forward from the back More >
Last Tourist Standing: The Madrid Death March
MysteryShrink Proverb: She who make note how other people spend money see few bluebirds. Feel much stress, feel less “cry for happy.”
Dateline: Madrid, Spain. Ernest Hemingway achieved a stupor in bars all over this fine city. I even bought a book and took myself on a tour of his favorite gin houses. I did not actually enter in any of his hangouts as Papa graced these bars long, long More >