My Nana jokingly told me the last time we saw each other that I need to find out if the rain in Spain truly does fall mainly on the plain? Well I am here to say that the rain in Spain doesn’t fall mainly on the plain, it falls EVERYWHERE, all the time. We’ve been getting a ton of rain lately, which I guess is normal for spring but gah it just isn’t good weather for a motorcycle ride.
This past weekend was a holiday weekend because May 15th is San Isidro day, the patron saint of Madrid. And one thing that is really great about Spain is the idea of the puente. Puente literally means bridge, and in this case it refers to the idea of bridging the time between a weekend and a holiday. So if there is a holiday on a Tuesday or Thursday, people will also take off Monday or Friday to make a long weekend. The festivals of San Isidro weren’t in the middle of the week, but everyone got Monday off and had a long weekend because…well what the hell, this is Spain! Luckily for us, the rain let up, the sun came out, and we were able to take advantage of the long weekend.
First up in the celebration was a walk around the Plaza Mayor and some people watching. There are a lot of characters out and about, including people dressed up in the traditional Madrid clothing, called chalupo and chulapa. Since kids make everything cuter, here’s an adorable example.
In true traditional Spanish style, we headed to a local bar for a caña or two. I’m still amazed with some of the things that come for “free” with a beer here. Look at what I got with my beer! A fried egg, some french fries, and a slice of bread. The second beer came with a small portion of paella. Wow.
Then, going against Spanish tradition, we decided to get some Mexican food for lunch. This was my first time drinking a margarita and eating Mexican food in Spain. It was really satisfying because I absolutely love Mexican food. Definitely not as good as in Mexico or even San Diego, but good enough!
On Sunday, we enjoyed some churros and chocolate and watched some traditional dances from different regions in Spain.
Then on Monday we had a beautiful ride up to a place called “La Granja de San Ildefonso”, a former summer residence for the kings of Spain. We went with Diego’s cousin and her boyfriend. The weather was perfect and the ride was exciting (mountain curves and gorgeous views). I had been anxiously anticipating this trip for a couple weeks and it didn’t disappoint.
Till next time!