Our visit to Toledo
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We didn't get to say goodbye to Lauro, Kat, Dave or Steph as they'd all left early that day, bound for home or further travels. We got to say goodbye to Alex though as being sick most of the night had made him miss his flight. Sucked to be him. We though had other plans. Madrid was beautiful, but there's another attraction nearby in the medieval, walled city of Toledo! The day before I'd managed to convince everyone, Jeff was already planning on going, to make the trip out there. So we got up, got ready and after breakfast we headed out to the central station to buy our train tickets. The next train was leaving just after 2pm but the waiting system to buy the actual tickets was such a ridiculous one, that we missed that train.
Eventually we were on the train, me snoozing, and on our way to Toledo. It was a fairly warm day, and this dry, arid city just seemed to absorbed the warmth. We got a map at the train station and made our way through the old gates and into the city. It was beautiful, all the buildings in the same terracotta colour, baking in the heat. We trekked around, looking for Alcazar the palace and the Cathedral. We stopped for lunch at some stage - which was terrible. Expensive, touristy rubbish food. It was a magnificent and well preserved town but seemed like a place for tourists, the locals no where to be seen. Middle of summer is probably not the best time to visit this city.
More sitting around.... It was kind of funny, we were discussing pick up lines and dared Bondy to use his trademark.. his purr followed by the line 'I don't sweat!' Poor female he next encounters... Eventually we got on the train home and back to Madrid where we tucked into some KFC mash'n'gravy - Lori and I had been craving it all day! We hunh around the Sol square for ages.. giving money to the 'Stumpy lady' and running from the armless guy who shook a collection can in his mouth, it was very disturbing. We watched street artists paint tiles with their fingers, expertly blending the colours to paint pretty, tropical scenes. I bought one, Ruby bought about 4! We got back to our hostel, and as we were flying out to Paris the next day, I wanted a good night sleep. This was the one point where I didn't want to be travelling with everyone because they kept me up most of the night!! Especially Bondy as he'd decided to get maggot on Sangria.. vomit and roll around in it. I wasn't happy with any of them that night!