Saturday, June 07, 2014

How many things can you do in a day in Madrid?

I had a test on my endurance and had a grand day.

Last Wednesday, I left before noontime to go to Madrid.  It was a warm sunny day.  I took the train and had an early lunch in a Thai restaurant which was just about five minutes away from where I got off from the train.  I had a set menu for less than 10 Euros with first plate of Thai rolls, second plate of chicken with green/red peppers in peanut sauce, served with plain Jazmine rice, soda and coffee.  Then I decided to go and take a walk in the botanical garden, also just across.  And for 3 Euros, I got to see under the shades of giant and singular trees the beautiful garden, which though not anymore replete with flowers but some were still to be admired. The greenhouse was particularly interesting with its tropical plants.  There was  also a famous exhibit of PhotoEspaña on photographs in black and white and visual arts, which though worth exploring, but due to extremely warm atmosphere inside, did not make me have time to enjoy.  Nevertheless, it was a beautiful experience of thinking, and sheer beauty of a walk around the quiet surroundings of nature.

      


   

    

After resting seated on one of the benches while I watched an elegant mother and daughter team taking pictures  of one another, I went my way to the Caixa Forum, another museum.  I enjoyed seeing the Pixars in the production  of the animated films, such as:  Toy Story, Cars, Incredibles, UP, etc... with figures in cast urethane resins, collage, pencil, marker and correcting fluids, digital painting...  Amazing and I paid only 4 Euros!

         

Then about 10 minutes away and the privilege because of age for a free entrance to the Reina Sofia museum of Contemporary Art, I got to see some of the famous paintings of surrealism and cubism by Dali, Miro and Picasso, Delaunay, Juan Gris.... And photos of playgrounds around the world with videos, and a series of slide photos of sceneries worldwide.  Oh, that was tiring so I had to find a place to sit down and have something refreshing.  And I found a nice café with WIFI where I was able to sit down over a glass of beer and tacos.  Relaxing, after which I decided to go and watch a movie in our town.  Excellent way of ending the day with a comedy movie just two subway stops from where I live. And this just goes to say that great things never come from comfort zones. And that instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.