I didn't get home until around 1pm from my school. Once we were ready to go, we took a bus to the Atocha station where we then took a Cercanías train (C-3) to Aranjuez. Since we arrived there after 3pm, our first agenda item was to find lunch.
We found a menu of the day for 9.50 euros. We both had arroz cubana as our first plate. It's a typical dish with rice, tomato sauce, and a fried egg. Ours came with bacon, too. Chad had steak and potatoes for his second course and I had lasagna. He tried flan for his dessert, and I had a cinnamon and sugar crepe.
From there we stopped at the town's tourist office for a map and suggestions.
We took the map and wandered around for the next couple of hours. Aranjuez had such a different feel to it than Madrid, yet it was only a half hour away. There were gorgeous gardens/parks (with peacocks!), streams, and architecture to keep our eyes busy:
I think we got back to Madrid around 9pm that night, but I was especially exhausted. I had to finish some things for class the next day and get some blogging done too, so naturally I stayed up far too late (early?) working on that stuff. I didn't realize until the following day that this had been Chad's penultimate full day in Madrid!