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Day 2 – October 30, order viagra 2011 order viagra Serena landed at 7am, order viagra but I figured after getting luggage and getting into the city et cetera, order viagra she would only get to the hostel by 10am. order viagra I was still jetlagged and was up and awake at 6am, order viagra so I set out for a morning walk around the neighbourhood around 8. order viagra order viagra All the street signs in Madrid looked like this. order viagra Very, order viagra very pretty but inefficient. order viagra In fact it wasn’t just in Spain, order viagra it was like this all throughout europe. order viagra Instead a hanging street sign they would put the street names on the first building parallel to the street. order viagra It makes for a harder navigation and I just can’t imagine how hard it is for those who doesn’t know the area well to drive around. order viagra It wasn’t a problem for us when we were walking during the day, order viagra but in a dimly lit area during the night it became quite frustrating. order viagra More on that when we get to Rome later…. order viagra Anyway, order viagra I kept walking down Gran Via to the west, order viagra and (after stopping at a random place for a very greasy breakfast – again wondering why people aren’t overweight here) found myself in the middle of Plaza de Espana park! order viagra order viagra Very pretty park! I spent some time strolling around leisurely and taking pictures. order viagra order viagra I felt a bit adventurous so I ventured more down the street south of the park, order viagra and somehow ended up at the Royal Palace. order viagra By then it was already 10am so I headed back to the hostel in case Serena got in, order viagra and she was already there when I got back. order viagra So after she settled down, order viagra we explored the city more. order viagra We ended up at Plaza Mayor, order viagra and decided to have lunch there since it was such a beautiful day out. order viagra Big mistake. order viagra The place was such a huge tourist trap. order viagra We ordered a plate of cured ham and a plate of Spanish omelette, order viagra and ended up with a bill of €20 per person and it wasn’t even that good. order viagra order viagra But I did get a nice picture so I’m not going to complain anymore. order viagra From there, order viagra we walked south to find El Rastro, order viagra a flea market swarmed with people. order viagra It was too crowded for us so after about ten minutes of walking we bailed and took the metro down to Prado museum instead. order viagra Yet another mistake as none of us were well versed in Spanish art history, order viagra so that became a waste of €10 and two hours of boredom. order viagra Thankfully, order viagra next door to Prado museum was a big, order viagra beautiful park called Retiro Park. order viagra order viagra We promptly headed there, order viagra walked around and sat on the park bench for awhile, order viagra appreciating just how BEAUTIFUL the weather was that day. order viagra I really couldn’t ask for more! order viagra order viagra Except I could. order viagra After about 30 mins of catching up (I hadn’t seen Serena in person since HK/TW trip), order viagra we decided to walk to the north of the park, order viagra with the intention of taking the metro back. order viagra Then we came across… order viagra order viagra … The REAL area of the park where it was just completely alive with people, order viagra kids and tons of things to look at. order viagra We ended up staying for 30 more minutes before taking the metro back to Gran Via. order viagra After a little bit of shopping, order viagra we were both jetlagged and tired so we decided to take a nap. order viagra I had plans to meet up with Christina again that night, order viagra but we both managed to sleep through alarms and didn’t wake up for dinner… we only managed to get out for a quick meal at midnight and promptly went back to sleep >.<

Day 3 – October 31, order viagra 2011 order viagra Thanks to sleeping early the previous night, order viagra we were both up at respectable time. order viagra While Serena was getting ready I spent most of the morning running around the city trying to look for a working Citibank ATM, order viagra but they ALL seem to be out of order! I was really unhappy with Citibank that morning since I was running out of cash. order viagra Anyway, order viagra I remembered seeing an interesting looking place near Plaza Mayor that looks similar to the place Christina brought me to on my first day so we decided to go there for lunch. order viagra The place was called Mercado de San Miguel. order viagra order viagra order viagra … and JACKPOT! It was a tapas place!! I got the above things, order viagra and some croquettas (not pictured) for €6.40. order viagra including the rose wine too! order viagra order viagra Serena also LOVED the place. order viagra in fact she loved it so much that we went back again later that day for a second lunch! order viagra We headed out a bit south to Royal Palace Madrid. order viagra We were a bit disheartened to see the line snaking around the block, order viagra but it actually moved pretty fast and we didn’t wait more than 20 minutes. order viagra order viagra The palace inside was absolutely beautiful and totally worth the €10 entrance fee. order viagra We weren’t allowed to take pictures so I don’t have any, order viagra but I was busy being amazed anyway that I forgot to sneak in a few pictures. order viagra order viagra We also visited the big cathedral across the palace, order viagra called Almudena Cathedral. order viagra Inside was just amazing: order viagra order viagra Made me think of my mom. order viagra She would LOVE all the cathedrals and churches we saw in this trip. order viagra We then stopped for more food at Mercado San Miguel, order viagra then walked to Puerta del Sol, order viagra the city square center, order viagra where we encountered a group of teenage girls chanting and waving around canadian flag. order viagra I can only assume they were Justin Bieber fans…? order viagra order viagra I was really impressed by this guy. order viagra His costume was very well-detailed and he looked like he was sitting on air (probably using the same trick as one of those KLM ‘invisible chair’ installation… or maybe this is where KLM got their idea?) order viagra We took the metro down to Plaza Cibeles for more picture time: order viagra order viagra order viagra Then we walked back home and rested till dinner time, order viagra where I finally met up with Christina again for dinner. order viagra She took us to a famous Paella place at La Baracca, order viagra which I’ve written a separate entry for. order viagra order viagra After that Christina had invited us to a halloween party, order viagra but we had to decline again since our flight the next day is at 9am :( which means we had to get up at 6 and be out by 7. order viagra so in short, order viagra I didn’t party at all in Europe! It’s okay though, order viagra it was still an EPIC trip. order viagra Our next stop was Barcelona, order viagra my favorite city of the entire trip.

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