I’m back from Europe and, like always, it was a bittersweet return. I had an absolute blast on this trip, and I’m very pleased with the frames that I made. I hope you’ll bear with me, because there are a lot, so I’ll post them in chronological installments.
First is Madrid, Day One:
Gorgeous sunrise en route to Madrid
We arrived very early, so there were very few people in the airport and in the city in general. The majority of the ones we saw were sleeping.
These two were actually awake, just resting.
On our way to the Metro
The early-morning light in Madrid was gorgeous. This was the café right next door to our hostel.
A dog barking at his owner through the café doors
After a long journey and not much sleep, I enjoyed a much-needed café con leche.
Bus stop near our hostel
After gaining some energy, we walked over to Retiro Park, which is a welcome sanctuary in the middle of a very busy city.
These bubble wands were very popular in high-tourist-traffic areas.
These guys made me laugh, as they were in the exact same positions.
These guys found us sitting on a bench in the middle of the park and asked us if they could talk to us. They were Mormon missionaries from Italy. Hunter and I don’t practice any kind of religion, but they were so nice that we let them read us a passage from the Book of Mormon.
Then they insisted that we have a copy and left us with this one. I feel badly that we found it rather humorous, since they were very sincere and kind. But… we still ended up leaving it in the hostel.
Every person sitting on the benches was so relaxed.
There seems to be a lot of PDA in this city.
The boatman sending two more people off.
We rode the Metro a lot while we were there. Their transit system is astronomically more efficient than Philadelphia’s.
These canopies were essential to keeping this sun-scorched street not so oppressively hot.
This is probably my favorite shot of the trip. We passed this old theatre multiple times in three days, and every other time the stairs were packed with people. This time, I got really lucky and there was no one else around but this shy little girl. I love the eye contact.
So like I said about those bubble wands… This one was in the Plaza Mayor, perhaps the biggest tourist gathering area in Madrid.
This is Shaha, a bartender in a bar we entered during siesta. Needless to say, it was empty besides us. We talked to him for a while and he told us a lot about the city.
Siesta in the street
All of these shots were taken with a Canon 5D and either a 50mm f/1.4 or a 20mm f/2.8 lens (most were taken with the 50mm). I also shot four rolls of film, but for the first time on a big trip, most of what I shot was digital. I have yet to get my film developed, but there will be plenty of stuff to post before then. Thanks for looking!