Last metro ride in Madrid
We woke up early and checked out of the hostel. We were too early to get the breakfast so we left kinda hungry. As we arrived at the Estacion Sur de Autobuses - we couldnt get information where would leave our bus... finally we saw - platform 51. So now, as we were almost late - we decided to have really fast breakfast at the station - we ordered dos caffe con leche y dos croissants. So fortunately we got at least a bit of food and the morning coffe (I LOVE COFFE!). And while we were trying to eat and drink fast some kind of ... guy started talking to me - he wanted to beg for money as i assumed so i pretend not understanding spanish, then he started talking in english - me again pretending to be 'more foreigner that i was in reality' ahahha but this guy was really patient, so i started to talk to RJ in tagalog - he was still so persistent that i started to be envious about that (i thought there are no more persistent person than me ahahahha) let's call it stubborn ahahha.
breakfast at the bus station
But that guy was really very good! A real master, i must say. I got kinda pissed off and started talking to him in polish, and u know what, he was really very good!
He understood that i was speaking the slavic language (hey mate, that was impressiv!) he wasn't that stupid! But coz our bus was almost leaving and we finished our breakfast we left the guy and ran to the platform...
Of course the bus wasn't there, i asked another driver from the same bus company where's the Valencia
-bus, and he showed us the right platform. We got in and the bus left Madrid
HASTA LUEGO MADRID, MI AMOR!
The ride was pretty cool.
landscape on the route Madrid-Valencia
Few km after Madrid the sun came out and it got bright. And the landscape was so awesome, everywhere hills and fields, and the nearer to Valencia the more vineyards and tree gardens and the soil got this cute redish color!
In Valencia we arrived after 12.00 (noon) got to the metro bought 3 days ticket and went to our hostel. This wa sreally nice one, coz it was pretty new, and painted with so strong colors it was very nice place. And we got again a double room instead of 4persons-dormitory! We were really lucky!
We left the hostel and went to the Old Town (we asked there at the reception where there is the food place and we walked straight there). We passed by cathedral then went to the Ayuntamiento (probably the representative place, with beautiful buildings and the ayuntamiento itself (city hall).
close to Valencia
Unexpected they had still this huge fountain on, they forgot to turn it off or just didnt manage it before RJ came to town;)
As next we arrived at the railway station (called for some weird unknown reason Estacion del Norte = which is North-station although it was in the southern part of the city and the real northern station had some differetn name and now doesnt exist any more because it was demolished and they have there now just a regular tram. Weirdness;)
Next to the Estacion del Norte there is this Plaza de Torros, as in every spanish city, a huge coloseum-like building. We couldnt get inside, but we visited this souvenirs market there, located in the ground floor of the building... even more weird but it's ok.
we went back to the Old Town and saw this huge Market (a real market hall with food) but it was sunday so the marked was closed.
Alameda - our station
From that place we went back to the cathedral, saw this funny orange trees at the sidewalks and went to the north, where there is one of 2 city-gates left. Torre de Serranos was pretty huge and well mantained. We took some pics there and then we took the tram (remember, from the former railway station wich was in the north but was not called notrthern station hahahha) so the tram took us to the beach. It was like late afternoon, and the clouds (heavy steel-coloured ones) were hunging over the beach, so that at some points you couldnt distinguish where the sea beginns and the clouds end. It was cool view. We walked a bit along the beach and then came back to another tram (probably the shortest tram line ever) and we rode all those 3 stops where we change for the metro train. We might have dinner at this point, or was it after Calatrava place? I can't remember.
Anyways, we had some food this evening and we were visiting the Calatrava buildings. We went by bus there - almost to the end of the city, where tehy gave a huge space for this architect to build his weird buildings, like Palau de les Arts or a weird Planetario and museum and Oceanario with a nice brigde in between. The buildings were located in the former river bottom (the river was deviated to another place and they created the loooooong park on its bottom - pretty cool idea. In this park - day and night - there are plenty of people jogging. It seemed like Valencia is the Jogger-city. So many peeps are running there - we couldnt believe it! Pretty cool!
We spent some time there - taking hundreds of pics with weird buildings, which look like skelets of a enormous animals... walfish and similar, but way larger. Then we caught the bus back to the centre and... had a walk through the evening streets... and maybe was it right that point when we had dinner? Nevermind. At the end we landed in our hostel - nice and warm!