Hotel El Coloso
Arrived in Madrid on a Saturday, and made our way to our difficult to find but big hotel, Hotel El Colosso. A nice 4-star hotel but too far from the interesting areas of Madrid. While in Madrid, we got some cuture in by visiting the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and some partying in at the best club I've ever been to. The Reina Sofia museum was pretty cool. The building was neat and had a pretty good collection of art work. Club Kapital was an amzaing club. Probably the best club I've ever been to. 1st floor, techno/electronica....what? you don't like techno? ok, 2nd floor, hip hop.
Museo Reina Sofia
No hip hop? well, then let's go to the 3rd floor, Reggaeton and Merengue.....Don't like that? Ok let's try the 4th floor, country and western....ok, I'm just kidding, 4th floor plays spanish rock. And if that's still not your cup o' tea, then the 5th floor is more of an upscale lounge with a retractable roof. Absolutely awesome..
Sunday we tried going to the Prado, but they were closed. We hung out and ate lunch along and walked around Plaza de Santa Ana. It was a very hot and humid day so we went to the hotel to try and cool off a bit with the air conditioner on; however, the power went out in half of the city and we were unable to keep cool. We decided to go to a mall that we heard has a ski slope. It was a gigantic mall and yes they had an indoor ski slope.
Mall in Madrid
It was pretty amazing actually. We cooled off in the mall and decided to head back and take a nap prior to getting ready for clubbing that night. Power is still off in half the city and when we try to hit some clubs, aside from the fact that it was a Sunday and there was no power in half the city, we were unable to find a club. We did find nice girl on the streets who gave us advice on where the nightlife is always happening. These spaniards speak fast and are difficult to understand sometimes so we missed some words she said, but off we went to "Mala Sana". We walked through about half the city looking for Mala Sana. While on our way we asked a bunch of people where it was. As we got closer, we saw a dude in stilleto heels and quickly realized that what she has said prior to saying "you don't mind that do you?".
Don Quixote, Sancho Panza y yo
.. Well, here we are, 2 straight well dressed guys walking around the city asking everybody where this gay neighborhood is, only we don't know that it's a known gay neighborhood. A little embarrassing, but we found it humorous. So on our way searching for a club i hear music and start heading towards the door where the music was blaring from. my buddy goes "hold on a minute, hold on, hold on...." He noticed two guys go in there prior to me heading in that direction and saw the name "Tupperware" and a pink door with one of those round ship windows, kind of reminded me of the "The Blue Oyster" from the Police Academy movie. So we bypass the club and keep walking. We come up on this bar, it looks like it's a pretty mixed crowd.
Some obvious gay people, but also a few straight people, and one incredibly hot girl, but she was with a guy already. We had a few beers before we headed back. It was a fairly uneventful night.
Tuesday, the last day in Madrid consisted of spending the day relaxing in the "Parque del Buen Retiro". It's a beautiful park, very immaculate, very pristine. It was another hot day so we found a shady spot, took a nap and relaxed in the park. We were soaking it in, our trip to this point had been great and our next destination was Portugal. We were awaiting our departure by rail so we just did some more walking till it was time to go to the train station. Next stop, Lisbon.