Posted by: travelrat | May 18, 2009

Another Departure for Gredos

Nicole

This picture was taken on a previous visit. I’m not sure Nicole works for Vaughan Systems any more. And, the thermometer behind her head is a bit of a give-away, too. No way will you find that temperature in Madrid on a Sunday morning in March!

Madrid, March 7/8th 2009.

Finally, we get around to the reason I’m in Spain again; another Vaughantown programme at Gredos. Like all programmes, it starts on Saturday night with a tapas party for the ‘Anglos’ on the upper floor of the ‘Alemandro’, overlooking the Plaza de Chamberi. This is where you meet the other English-speakers, and the Director and MC of your programme.

It’s also where, if you’re still in any doubt where to catch the bus in the morning, they’ll take you to a window, and point the pick-up point out to you.

Once more, I passed on the breakfast at the Torrelaguna Travelodge, and made my way to the Plaza de Chamberi. In the old Englishtown days, programmes started on a Friday, and there was usually somewhere to get a coffee while you waited for the bus; now, they start on a Sunday, where, at that time of the morning, everywhere is usually closed.

But, since my last visit, there’s a new coffee bar, the Café y Té, in the Plaza. It was open, and, in addition to coffee and tea they sell great snacks. What’s more, they offer free wi-fi.

I hadn’t bothered to buy online time at the Travelodge, because I knew there was a free connection at Gredos, and I could survive not going online for 48 hours. But, I thought I’d take the opportunity to check my email, so got out my Netbook … which I’d forgotten to charge after showing off some pictures and videos, and doing my notes the previous night.

 

Another piece went live this week. It’s at http://lookat-france.com/travelwriters/?p=28


Responses

  1. Great piece. The cheese sounds fantastic, particularly with walnuts and dried apricots. Mhmmmm

    • I saw Reblochon in the supermarket today … shrink-wrapped!. If the savoyards could see that, they’d probably declare war, or something!


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