Barajas Airport. Robin meets Alexander, an old best friend from Cuba.
Coming from Amsterdam, we land in Barajas airport, Madrid
, then we set to look for Alexander, my old buddy from Cuba - we were best friends in Havana, now he lives in Canary Islands
- we found him, we hug, we kiss, we cry... it's been over 13 years since we saw each other! All three we go to the Hertz rental (hire) car booth where we had a reservation for a compact car, once there, the representative talked us about upgrading our selection, we accept following Alex advice, it's a diesel Opel Astra GTC - sporty yet economical. We go to pick up the car, there is; black, menacing... so much, I'm afraid to drive it at first, I pass the keys to Alex... who's more than happy to drive the latest model of the Astra (he owns the previous generation).
Ana & Alexander at La Gran Via
.. Bad thing! He has a heavy right foot!! I mean, he speeds through Madrid's streets like a F1 racer! " I think he drives like that back in Gran Canarias... it must be lack of long highways like in the States...??? We get to La Gran Via, the night life center of Madrid, there awaits a surprise, we meet Giscle, a distant cousin of mine I had no idea he was in Spain " he was also a best friend from high school " more hugs, kisses and tears. Giscle, was working as a waiter at the Aguila restaurant, there we had an exquisite dinner and tons of fun, my cousin and some of his friends are gays who know how to have a great time! Also in Madrid was Giscle's mother, my aunt Mirta. afterwards, we all went to Giscle's apartment, where the fun continued... wine, jamón serrano (type of ham), cheese... it was an unforgettable night!! Alex took us to our hotel in Alcobendas
, outside of Madrid, an Express by Holiday Inn. The hotel was an almost new, very modern and clean; the room spacious with new furniture and contemporary design and fixtures. While Ana showers I set up to start uploading photos to our dedicated website ( www.europa07.com ) where our friends back in USA will view what our crazy trip is all about.