Saturday, March 17, 2012

We Made It!

Plaza Mayor
We made it! Our trip began from the Greenville airport on Friday around 11 a.m., and we arrived in Madrid at about 1:00 a.m., Eastern Standard time. The time in Madrid was 7:00 AM.  Needless to say, everyone was exhausted from the trip but there was no time for sleep. We met the driver who took us to our hotel, HotelCatalonia Goya, to meet our tour guide for the week, Rui Vega. Fortunately, our rooms were ready despite our very early arrival.  We all wanted to go straight to bed! But we were warned if we did so, the jet lag would certainly catch up with us. So, off to sightseeing we went.  We had an opportunity to visit the city center, Puerta del Sol, where we took in some great music; then we headed to the Plaza Mayor for some great paella.  After an afternoon of sightseeing and eating, we returned to the hotel for a briefing from our tour guide and an introduction of the other individuals that will be traveling with us for the next eight days.  Our full tour group will now be made of 35 individuals from all over the U.S., including Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Chicago. The evening was capped off with a great dinner shared by all members of the travel group. Now it is off to bed to get rested for the big sightseeing day in Madrid.
Paella
Metro stop for Puerta del Sol