madrid, day two
Day two of our trip was equally enjoyable as the first day, perhaps even more so because I was well rested. I’ll post only half of the photos I shot on day two in this entry, as I think there are too many for just one entry.
Our first stop was the El Rastro market, a multi-block flea market that happens every Sunday in Madrid.
The vendors here sold everything from instruments (pictured above) to straight-up crap. Actually, most of it was junk, but I bought a great necklace that the seller made from an old fork. They had a lot of nice jewelry there.
This is our friend Lewis, who is the son of Hunter’s host mother when he studied abroad in London. Lewis met us in Madrid for a few days. We stopped for some lunch at a touristy, but rather good, place near the market.
After leaving the café, we wandered around the city aimlessly for the rest of the afternoon. I think that’s my favorite part about visiting a new city… just wandering around, taking in my surroundings. And as far as interesting sights go, Madrid did not disappoint me at all. I thought it would be a much more industrial city, but it was extremely beautiful. It is filled with tiny alleys and streets that are off the beaten path, a plethora of amazing plazas, and old architecture that was, for the most part, kept intact.
The (slightly misfocused) security guard inside of the Reina Sofia, which was an architecturally gorgeous place. Unfortunately, the other museums that I had wanted to hit (the Prado, especially) closed early the day that we planned to go there. I feel really guilty for not being able to see the Prado, but that just means I’ll have to visit Madrid again in the near future!