Santiago to Madrid (via train)

June 26-29
Lat: 40.418889 Lon: -3.708889

I got up at 7 a.m., went to breakfast at 7:30, and then walked about 20 minutes to the train station to catch a 9:05 a.m. train to Madrid. They announced that the train was pulling into the station in two minutes and it did right on time. They then announced that it would leave in four minutes and it did, exactly at 9:05. Amtrak could really learn something from "Renfe" the train company in Spain.

It was a great ride to Madrid. I got to see Spain from the comfort of an air-conditioned train car. We got into Madrid at 2:40 p.m. and caught the Metro Subway. We finally got to our Hostelles around 3:15 p.m. Believe it or not, in the large city of Madrid there are actually as many Hostelles and Pensions as there are Hotels. It seems that the tourist and business travelers in Spain look for the better value lodgings. If you go through Madrid to or from the Camino, don't just book a hotel, look into the Hostelles. They are actually nice and you can stay closer to all the sights and nice restaurants.

Madrid is a really beautiful city and a lot of fun with all the street musicians playing up and down the streets and the shops to wander through. They even have a Ben and Jerry Ice Cream shop. I had a single scoop in a cup everyday while there. It was a pricey scoop at 2,90 euro, which is about $3.90 and the double scoop was 4,90 euro. We spent 2-1/2 days there until we took the subway to the airport to fly out. I was on the plane and we pushed back for take off right on time at 11 a.m. and I arrived in Atlanta right on time.

Spain Blog 2013

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