Toledo: Day Trip from Madrid
11.05.2009 45 °F
Little did I think I'd be able to see sights from soaring heights in little o'l Madrid. Instead of hitting the city streets once again and visiting some of the museums, I made a trip (i.e. tagged along with a fellow hostel-mate) out to Toledo, a city that boasts architecture and buidlings from the Medieval period. The trip wasn't without it mishaps, absolute blunder with using Spanish, confusion lining up for last minute tickets and being suprised with some cold . There were loads of churches, plazas and winding stairs to see and to take, which brought us to various parts of the area. Round-trip tickets only cost EUR15 and in about .5hour I was away from the city life and thrown into narrow cobblestone streets, 360 vistas, and edifices that were ornate and rich with history.
All in all, the sights, the hikes up and down the streets, and the local tapas was quite special. I had the morcilla (a local favor of susage made with pigs blood, rice and onions), it was chopped and fried with mushrooms and served with a fruit jam and crusty bread. It was marvelous and the flavors wonderful, the fat was nice and cripsy and rich. Additionally, also tried the cocillo madrileno, a stew with chickpeas, pork and chorizo - savory. All together it really a treat (especially when I hadn't known about the place to being with). While I ruined my only pair of contacts and only had about a total of 3 hours sleep, overall my day was quite memorable. Evening was also quite lovely, again, went to the market with room-mate and dinner was lox with toast, a potato fritada, cheese and salad. It was accompanied by wine and later all tried a "custard apple," which I was really happy to learn was a soursop.
Packing wasn't all that fun until I decided to listen to my Ipod - first time during the trip. DJ Joanie was spinning and the playlist was great. Most of the songs brought about memories of good times and others became new additions of my fav list. It helped the task a great deal and before I knew it was done. Heading off to my week long program with Pueblo Ingles in Cazorla, Andalusia. Missed most of my orientation but did ended up getting basic information I needed to prepare for the trip. Yet again, 'net access might be scattered but I'll post soon enough!