Madrid ~ May 26th through June 2nd
We spent an entire week in an amazing city that has a LOT to see, do and places to explore and I barely left the room except to eat. Pathetic really…
So, how did this happen?
In all honesty, I’m not sure. I had pretty much recovered from having a cold, but was not feeling great. I was not sleeping well and tired. I was missing family, friends and home.
I think I hit the wall and was suffering from TRAVEL BURNOUT.
Is there such a thing?
I just know that it took all of my energy to get dressed and walk a couple of blocks to a small restaurant, El Salero, that I came to love. They welcomed us warmly each time we walked through the door, helped us translate the menu into words we could recognize and Tim did not get any food reactions.
Our one big day out included walking through town for a visit to the Prado Museum. This was the number one thing that I most wanted to see in Madrid and it did not disappoint me. A bit intimidating by its immensity, it holds masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rafael, Rubens, El Greco and so many more familiar names. A note of warning, even getting there first thing in the morning, the lines are long to get in.
A few more random pictures I took on our outing that will at least give me a couple of memories of Madrid.
The bear and strawberry tree are the official symbol for Madrid. This statue is located in Madrid’s most famous and most central square, La Puerta del Sol.
I had to wrestle with myself to get over the “guilt” that we were in this amazing European city, the capital of Spain, and I virtually wasted a week. Sometimes we just have to listen to that inner voice. This time it both whispered and shouted at me to rest and get revitalized.
And that is just what I did.
Still feeling a little guilty though…
We have two more major trips already booked for this year and I am thankful for our ability to see so much of this amazing world. On July 12th we will fly to Switzerland for two weeks and then board a Uniworld River Cruise in Basel to sail on both the Rhine and Mozelle rivers ending in Amsterdam. Then in the fall we get to explore Ecuador, travel up into the Amazon area, and then cruise through the Galapagos Islands.
In the meantime, we are still trying to find a small RV so that we can do some more road trips here in the USA. That is unless a certain person gets elected, then I think we may be hitting the road towards Canada…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to finally be back home and snuggled in at our tiny mountain cabin. We have been back in the states for two weeks now and I can loudly proclaim that it feels GOOD TO BE HOME. I know that before long the travel bug will be nibbling at my heals, that I will be pulling my suitcase off the shelf, doing some last minute laundry and trying to neatly fold far too many items into a small carry on size roller bag.