Madrid Travel Blog› entry 21 of 27 › view all entries
May 22nd, 2010 – by: quinnkim
While walking through Puerto del Sol we saw hundreds and hundreds of futbol fans everywhere, chanting, singing, yelling, drinking, waving scarves and generally celebrating. It was only about noon, so we´re not sure these fans will make it all the way to the game tonight.
I wanted to see Pablo Picasso´s Guernica at the Reina Sofia museum, which has free hours on Saturday afternoons. It is a beautiful museum and I would not mind paying the ticket price and spending hours there, but I have been having some knee issues for the past week or so and knew I could not stand all day. By going at the free time we could spend an hour there and not feel too bad. They have a wonderful collection of contemporary and modern art and it is housed in a gorgeous building with very cool glass elevators that face the plaza outside.
Picasso´s Guernica is his massive masterpiece detailing the atrocities against the civilians of Guernica on a market day by Franco´s forces in 1937.
After the museum we wandered a bit more, had some lunch and a bit of a siesta.
For the game we wanted to try one of the Irish bars that are just off the Puerto del Sol. We figured an Irish bar would have the game on tv and we could get some fish and chips for dinner. The first few we tried were charging a cover charge, which is unheard of, but the third time was a charm.
We had a blast during the game. Our waiter was excellent, laughing at my attempts at Spanish and telling me ´for godsakes woman speak English´which he of course said with a strong Irish accent! There were two very drunk Irish patrons that we talked to for awhile, cracking jokes and laughing. One of the Irish men was also named Brian, he was so drunk that he kept introducing himself and everytime Brian would say his name was also Brian the Irish guy would get excited and give him five and talk about what a great name it was. He also kept telling us how much he liked Americans and even though everyone thought we were stupid he really liked Americans. It was hilarious!
We enjoyed our first European futbol experience and we did not even see any rioting!
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