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Spain: Madrid by 3.1

We decided to get away for a weekend at the end of last month. Had tickets booked to see Muse at the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium (home of Atlético Madrid), but it was a good opportunity to pace up and down the city too to see all the sights from when Patch used to live here for a little while.

Stayed in a lovely hotel in the heart of Madrid on the Gran Via.

The hotel was ideally situated near a metro station and within walking distance of some of the popular areas like Sol (where you can find a paving slab that shows it as being in the centre of Spain, similar to how all distances in London are worked from a point just outside Charing Cross Station):

Lots of cool old stuff, buildings and quirky shops:

As mentioned earlier, our first evening saw us visiting Wanda Metropolitano to see Muse live (it was a bit Blade Runner-esque):

We roamed into the night (probably because this is the Spanish way, it seems), got a massive paella a some point after midnight, and then finished it off with a walk with churros, only to stagger back to the hotel well after 2am.

For two mornings on the trot, Patch got up early to go out and bring me back churros and coffee so I could have breakfast in bed (which kind of helped after the late nights):

We also visited a railway station with a beautiful concourse that felt like the Palm House in Kew Gardens. Behold, Estación de Madrid Atocha:

As is normally the case in whatever country I happen to be in, I happened to visit a lovely little railway museum just before commuting back to the airpot and flying home:

Gracias, Madrid. Hopefully see you again soon!

2019: Travel Update by 3.1

2019 has been a big year for travel (and, unfortunately, my carbon footprint), but much has happened and there has been plenty reason to travel. My App in the Air and TripIt accounts have never seen so much action.

Short of going to the moon, there is still plenty left to do for 2019. So here’s a heads up (so that the Internet creep(s)/weeb(s) can get out of my way):

Completed

  • 🇦🇺 December 2018/January 2019
    Patch and I saw in the New Year in Melbourne, before heading off to Sydney, with the Australian cricket season shipping him out to work there and his firm also paying for me to head out there for a few weeks.

  • 🇪🇸 July 2019
    We spent the weekend over in Madrid to see Muse play a gig and just to get a change of scenery/city (Patch used to live here for a short while and is fairly fluent in Spanish, which was a double-plus-plus, as it meant the difference between waiting in a 40-minute queue at the passport control… or asking in perfect Spanish for a shorter queue for EU citizens and being fast-tracked to some well-hidden ePassport gates). Some sort of write-up to follow at some point (she says).

Upcoming

  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 This Month
    Patch and I will be visiting Scotland very soon with his family for the Fringe Festival, where we will be taking the Caledonian Sleeper up to Inverness and then going cross-country to spend a few days in Edinburgh, before I fly back home to London.

  • 🇰🇷 Mid-September
    Visiting Patch’s brother (and fiancée!) in Seoul, South Korea for a few days in mid-September. I’ve never been before so I’m very excited.

  • 🇯🇵 Setember/October
    A week in Japan, mostly in Kyōto and near Fujisan (and with a plan to go halfway up the mountain). Also a chance to see where 2-year’s worth of Japanese language study at university has got me (if anywhere!) and a chance to get back in the groove with the language expsoure before returning to university in October.

  • 🇦🇺 Late-December/New Year
    It’s likely that Patch will be required to work again in Australia over the festive period as it’s the only way he can fit it around university, which will likely mean a stint in Melbourne again at the very least. My leave for this period has already been approved however, so if he gets a call for the cricket, then I’ll most likely be going with.

  • 🇧🇪 🇩🇪 🇮🇪 Possible bonus trips into Europe, time/schedule dependent!