26.10.2015 - 26.10.2015 17 °C
Didn't venture out till 11am (bit slow in getting moving today), & wandered the streets & laneways, passing the oldest restaurant in the world. Made our way to San Miguel markets - has all types of food, fruit & veggies along with cafes & bars. Came back to our apartment at 1pm for lunch & a bit of relaxation time.
Met Christina (another former TEM hockey player) around 3pm at Sol Plaza, unfortunately the weather had changed and was raining, so she took us to a shopping centre that on the top floor has magnificent views & once again bars etc - we sat chatting and having a sangria & she filled us in on what to do & see. The rain stopped so we wandered outside & her next stop was a local pastry shop which was pretty packed, she said at Christmas time there is a long queue outside - of course she forced us to try one of their delicacies- mine looked like a huge heart shaped biscuit covered in chocolate but was in fact a very light pastry & Ian's was a pastry filled with some sort of chocolate, both were amazing (I could only eat half of mine).
From here she showed us some of the sights (getting lost a few times, her navigational skills are about as good as mine!) & we then stopped at a popular tapas bar - it was like a fast food takeaway shop at the front but also had a bar - we shared some fish tapas with a nice wine. Next stop was another tapas bar (Las Bravas) which had two entertaining bar man (one older Spanish guy & a cute Romanian guy) - we reckon the Romanian guy was hitting on Christina! Their speciality was marinated octopus & potatoes with a spicy sauce - so we shared another couple of dishes with more sangria & beer.
We wandered a bit more & then took Christina back to the metro at Sol Plaza around 10.30pm, planning to have dinner with her on Wednesday night. Whilst we were in the plaza there are many Africans that lay out a sheet with all their goods to sell, they have a rope connected in each corner so they can grab their goods & run if the police arrive. Tonight we saw two police on motor bikes & about 20 Africans running with their goods & taking off down the metro steps - it is so funny, as they then come back up a few minutes later & set up exactly where they were!
We notice that most businesses don't open till 10 or 11am, shut for siesta from 3 till 5pm & some restaurants don't open till 8pm for dinner - so very different to Australia.