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The El Rastro

Man versus Beast

Today I slept in a little before heading out for the day. I was on my way to the metro when I was blocked by an event. It was a race. I could see the metro station on the other side of the street, but there were too many runners to be able to cross. Also, the police were standing by and I didn’t know if I could cross the race without getting stopped. I saw a girl standing near me who was looking at a map. I asked, “Do you know how to cross this?” She said, “I’m trying to figure out an alternate way.” She then gets on her phone and talks in Spanish for a while. She then hangs up and bolts for the metro nearly crashing into some of the runners. The police either didn’t see her or they didn’t care. I decided to try myself because I had no idea how to get around this thing. So I wait for an opening and I took it. No problem!
The Race

The Race


I get to my stop where I followed the crowd to the El Rastro. The El Rastro is one of the largest markets in Europe and takes up over an entire square block. When I heard about it I thought it would be fun to check-out. It was! The place is huge, but you have to fight the crowds while watching out for pickpockets which I heard frequent the area. The market was a mix between new items and used junk. I think most of the stuff in that entire market used to be in my parents garage at one time or another. I recognized a lot of crap! The good news is that it is really cheap to buy things in the market so I bringing home some of my family’s old heirlooms, I’m sure.
Cool Stuff in Madrid

Cool Stuff in Madrid


The El Rastro

The El Rastro


The El Rastro

The El Rastro


I spent most of the morning and early afternoon wandering the market before heading back to the hostel for a siesta. Again, I’m still not feeling up for doing a whole lot more. I think the reason that I’m not up for doing too much is because of a mix of things. I know I’m coming home soon and so I’m a little anxious, a little travel fatigued, and the food in Spain is not the most healthy and energizing. I haven’t been feeling too guilty about taking it easy this weekend so that is good.

Well, that is all I have to report about today. I think someone will be joining me in my room today. While I was taking a siesta I heard the door open and then close after a while. Then I hear rollie bag wheels go down the stairs. I just wish whomever it was would please lock the door behind them. Since my stuff is in the room without a security locker it is a little disconcerting that the door was just left open.

Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention. I did have one other cool thing planned for today. I was going to go to a bullfight today. Now, I was really excited about it and I was ready to put on a white shirt and a red scarf to root for the matador. However, while I have been in Spain I have met other people who have gone to the bullfights. They said it was pretty brutal. They apparently wound the bull quiet a bit before it faces the matador. Also, the matador had knives in his hand to help him. No matter what happens to the matador (whether he lives or dies) they kill the bull at the end of the fight. One Spanish girl I talked to said it had to do with “Man versus Beast” and that man always wins. I’m all for new experiences and getting out of the routine to see different customs, but the more I thought about it I just couldn’t stomach it. I’m not going to stand out front with a banner yelling, “Fur is Murder!” or anything, but I just think there are some things I’m fine with not experiencing.

Posted by MatthewMilde 16:10

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