Yesterday we spent the entire day in Madrid. The weather held out for us and it turned out to be a beautiful day! We took the train in and met Maria Jose at 11 AM. We walked around for a few hours and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and attractions.
The original post office of Madrid.
The Cathedral of Madrid.
Afterwards, we found a cute Spanish restaurante with a "menu del dia" with 3 courses for only 15 euros! The first course was paella, which was amazing. It's basically just rice and saffron with all kinds of meat and seafood thrown in. The one we got had meat, chicken, clams, crawfish, fish, and some vegetables. I ate everything but the crawfish! We couldn't figure out how to open it... The next course was pescado, fish. I was fully prepared for it to come out whole but it was still a little unnerving to have your food stare at you while you eat it.
After lunch, we walked around a while and managed to successfully navigate the metro. It is so much easier than I expected and it's super clean too. We got to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu a few hours between the Real Madrid v. Malaga game which gave us the chance to see the stadium and explore the area around it before the game.
The game was a lot of fun and Real Madrid won 2-0! At one point, the fans went nuts because of a call made by the referee. It was so loud that I couldn't even hear my friends right next to me! All-in-all, it was a great day and I'm loving Spain more and more every day!