DAY TWO Friday 24 May
Gary sees ample sleep, how Google maps can walk you around in circles, scooters of all makes, the Metro, churros, and no Vodafone development.
He seized the opportunity to talk about urban heights and inner city residential buildings.
The day started at 4.36am Madrid time when we both woke, spoke little, and simultaneously adopted a resolve to return to sleep. It was after 10am before we hit the pavement and that was just one step, as Gary had forgotten his ears necessitating the uneven stairs routine.
It was up the hill to ‘downtown’ Madrid and the Plaza Mayor to the information booth to get a ‘self-guided’ walking map. I remember the Plaza but not as it was today. The football final is next weekend and the city is gearing up for related events in seemingly every public , so the plazas are a hive of construction activity with restricted access: not pretty. The wait in the queue proved fruitless so we headed to the famous San Miguel market for Gary’s coffee fix and an opportunity to map our day without a map.
So many treats on offer and while I chose two stuffed olives, Gary settled in to a skyscraper vanilla slice looking pastry.