The start of our long camino (walk).
Yesterday, after my momfinallymade it to Madrid, we checked into our hotel (the wonderful Hotel Europa). We walked over to the Prado and say some Rafael, Dutch Masters, and Goya.
On our way back to the hotel, we witnessed a protest. Sweet.
We took a siesta (which mom learned was deadly). And then went shopping!
After a few hours of shopping, we got tapas, desserts and walked around the city at night!
This morning, we woke up, grabbed some ‘Bucks (starbucks) and went to Mass at the Cathedral in Madrid. However, we were surprised to find that today was the feast day of St. James (the patron saint of Spain and the Camino). The Mass that we attended was said by the Cardinal of Madrid, Antonio María Rouco Varela.
In his homily, he talked about pain and suffering are how we grow closer to Jesus. He also talked about how faith, hope, and charity are what can help Madrid out of the economic crisis (along with prayers to St. James, their patron saint).
Afterwards, there were folk demonstrations!
We then went to the Plaza Mayor where trials were held for the Inquisition in the 15th Century.
We had a spot of Lunch! (Paella and eggs and sausage)!
And then another siesta.
What a good day!