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A weekend in Madrid

I have just come back from a weekend in Madrid, taking part in the Great Madrid Escape.

Friday morning I took an early flight from Frankfurt airport to Madrid-Barrajas, and then travelled in on the metro to the city centre to find my hotel, after which I went to the first meeting point where I met Ben and Marina from for the first time, along with other members of the NotesfromSpain forum.

Due to the weather, I spent most of my time in caf√©s and shops when we weren’t all meeting up to eat together. There were some really good meals (shame about the cod…) at prices that would put some restaurants in Frankfurt to shame.

On Saturday afternoon I came a across a demonstration taking part through the middle of the city, protesting against neo-nazis in Madrid but also against the Spanish Royal Family! Many passers-by took note and were listening to the speeches being made at the Puerta del Sol.

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14 Responses to “A weekend in Madrid”

  1. Maria Says:

    Glad to hear you had a good time!

    Wasn’t it strange to finally meet the people in person whom you have known from the net for the past couple of years?

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  3. Graham Says:

    Actually, I guess that’s not so strange for me because I have taken part in so many forums and other online communities over the last 15 years, that although it’s always exciting, “strange” is not the word I would use. Especially when many of the faces are familiar from their avatars.

    What _is_ different is hearing voices (eg. Ben, Marina, RichardKSA) coming out of someone’s mouth when you normally only hear them coming out of your MP3 player on the U-Bahn!

  4. Graham Says:

    … oh, and of course it’s really nice when people tell you that they’ve been on your homepage or listened to your podcast!

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