Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Double Tree by Hilton, Madrid-Prado (Calle San Augustin, 3)

Woke up to rain. Not sure what I’m doing today, but I knew I wanted breakfast. I enjoy the consistency of the Hilton breakfast. Then came back upstairs and slept some more.

After taking a shower I thought about visiting the nearby Museo Nacional del Prado,¬†widely considered to have one of the world’s finest collections of European art. As I approached the museum I saw a very long line to get in. So I kept walking.

I then saw the church that I took a picture of when I was here last time. Today I went up to the church and went in. I didn’t take any pictures because it was dark inside. The church, San Jeronimo el Real, is a former 1500’s monastery.

Then I thought I should get a haircut. Via Google I found a barber shop located down the road. It was still raining fairly good, but I had an umbrella, so off I went. When I got there the barber said he was fully booked. Then I walked towards the next nearest place, according to Google. But sometimes Google doesn’t have all of the barber shops, restaurants, or grocery stores listed. Given that, as I walked I looked for a barber shop along the way. About halfway to the place listed on Google I saw a place across the street that advertised haircuts.

As it turned out, the barber was just finishing up with his previous customer and he started on my hair. It’s generally interesting to negotiate with the barber to determine which sized attachment to use on my hair. Some places have the sizes labeled by number, others have attachments in milometers. We agreed on the attachment to use on his shaver and away he went. Felt good to have my hair looking good.

It was a quick walk back to the hotel. I’ve been tired all day and wanted to lay down for a nap. Maybe the rain made me tired. In any case, I was soaked when I got back to my room even though I had an umbrella. I had been walking for over an hour in steady rain.

I’ve been looking at where I’ve traveled so far. Google has been keeping track of my travels. I published this same map last year, but now I can see the places I’ve been around the Iberian Peninsula. Coming up this year, I’ll fill in Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, and Bulgaria in April and May. Then in June and July I’ll be in Scandinavia and perhaps the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. More red dots for sure by the end of 2018!

A wider view of where I’ve been.

In 2019 I plan to visit more of France, the southern part of Italy, Russia, and Turkey. I still have places in Germany that I’d like to visit too. I expect to slow down my travels in 2020 and plan for longer stays in some of my favorite places, like I do when I stay in Edinburgh.

Tomorrow I leave for Cairo and will meet my friend Hussein there for a few days before flying to London next week. Thankfully I found a direct flight to Cairo that leaves later in the day. More time to sleep in tomorrow!




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