Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Estamos en Espana

MADRID, Spain--We brushed our teeth with tap water today.

Then we headed out into a city where we speak the language and can read the street signs. There's a lot to be said for coming back into the First World.

The cultural highlight of the day: seeing Picasso's Guernica at the Museo de Reina Sofia, an extensive collection of 20th Century Spanish art.

The psychological highlight of the day: doing laundry!


  1. Hi! We love your blog and just read your piece in the Wash. Post. We are heading to Madrid for a week starting Friday and would love to know where you stayed. Also, where did you DO your laundry? Barbara


  2. We stayed in a place called Hostal Cruz Sol, which I can recommend. The location simply couldn't be better--it's on a cute plaza, just two minutes from Plaza Mayor. (www.hostalcruzsol.com). Rooms were small and simple but clean, with ample hot water. At height of summer, we paid 58 euros a night. This time of year, it's less. It's on the third floor of a building, with non-existent signage, which is a tiny bit weird, but our cab driver had no problem at all finding it.

    The staff generally spoke Spanish, not English. They directed us to a laundromat about a 5 minute walk away. Looking at a map of Madrid, it appears it was on Calle de Leon, between Las Huertas and Prado. Maryann