Yes, we are the guest bloggers after flying from Chicago to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Madrid! We made it--hooray! Our first flight was delayed an hour due to the weather in Chicago. It was snowing and blowing. They had to de-ice the wings of the plane. Once we got moving, the trip was fine...although lots of sitting. As my Grandpa Spahn used to say, I had "boat seat ass." The first flight was 7 1/2 hours. The second flight left late because there was no crew to fly the plane!
After we landed in Madrid, we found our luggage and then met Rebecca. It's amazing to meet up in such an enormous airport, but we opened the door to the lobby and there she was! We took the metro to Rebecca's apartment and got settled. Rebecca opened a few Christmas presents and then Bernice and I took a nap. When I woke up, Gregorio (Rebecca's roommate) and Rebecca were sitting around the table having conversation. I listened and Rebecca translated. Gregorio likes to talk. After Bernice got up, we went for a walk looking for a grocery store that was open. On the way, we passed by the large arena where they have bull fights. It was pretty quiet on the streets since it's Sunday, and we found a store that was open. We bought things for stir fry, along with milk from the shelf. They don't refrigerate it because they process it differently than the U.S.
As it turned out, Gregorio cooked for us. We had lots of kinds of sausage--including a blood sausage dish. It tasted good until I found out what was in it! We had zucchini, beef, pasta, shredded carrots, and more sausage. Bernice had a "good fork," according to Gregorio, but I was a picky eater. I really did try a little of everything, but stuck mainly to the beef and pasta.
Now Rebecca is washing the dishes. She gave us the night off, since there is no need to dry dishes. They have a neat system. There are two open shelves with drainers in them above the sink. You simply put the dish in the drainer, it drips in the water, and you put the dishes away after they're dry. Pretty slick.
Guess that's it for today. We plan to do lots of walking on Monday. I'm sure we'll get a good night's sleep at Rebecca's apartment and will be ready for new adventures. Bernice will report about our day tomorrow.