new years eve

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okay i´m a nerd, i´ll readily admit it - i totally went to the titanic exhibition.  i couldn´t help myself!  there´s 200+ artifacts there that have been recovered from the wreckage and some in such pristine condition it´s hard to believe they´re almost 100 years old and have been laying miles below on the ocean floor for 73+ years.  they had money even!  it was amazing.  so i went, and i loved it.  however i did pass on the star wars exhibit...

oh and never underestimate the kindness of strangers - a lady and her husband gave me their 5 euro audio guide as they were done with them and leaving.  they came back into the exhibit to offer it to someone who was still there.  nice folks who said they were happy to practice their english with someone! 

did a lot more street walking, in a non prostitute sense of course, stopping in parroquia san jeronimo el real - a gorgeous church near the museo del prado; found the cuidad de los ninos - a park full of all this.

streets of madrid...
.. what looked like old scrap metal that had been turned into toys, moving contraptions, sound making devices, and different games, and kids were everywhere and just ecstatic about all these toys.

sidenote - here´s something that´s slightly weirding me out - on so many corners near my hostel there are these makeshift disney characters kinda like the ones you would see in front of mann´s chinese theatre on hollywood blvd in los angeles - with really bad costumes!  and they´re making balloon animals and swords and accosting children and people with them!  i mean it´s funny, but weird...

now i don´t think i even have the words to describe new years eve in madrid...  okay maybe if you took nye in times square and put it in vegas, and the partying never stopped, and the people never went home, and there were folks selling beer, grapes, and sandwiches out on the street, then maybe you would get new years even in madrid.

  thank goodness my old age forced me to take a nap before i went out!  seriously this is more how i pictured ibiza would be!  the crowd-insane!  more relaxed than times square in that you can show up around 10pm as opposed to waiting all day since 3pm, but then the closer to midnight you get it´s like the crowd just quadrouples in a matter of minutes, and then you´re just just being carried through a moving mass!  we started out right in front of the clock tower and ended up around the corner somehow!  it was hilariously awesome.  i passed out somewhere around 4am and left my roomates saying they wanted to see the beautiful sunrise over madrid!  keep in mind the sun isn´t rising until after 8am right now.  they made it to about 6:30.  Fernando said he just couldn´t make it... :0)

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puerta del sol
puerta del sol
streets of madrid...
streets of madrid...
iglesia de los jeronimos
iglesia de los jeronimos
ah... home!
ah... home!
puerta del sol from the corner of …
puerta del sol from the corner of…
roomates!
roomates!
gran via
gran via
just a cool building!
just a cool building!
happy new year from my roomates fr…
happy new year from my roomates f…
proud brazilians!
proud brazilians!
the aftermath...
the aftermath...
just because...
just because...
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