Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, 21 October, 2016:
I awakened with a powerful hankering for some churros and chocolate. Only one thing to do . . .
. . . get on the Metro and
head to Madrid's best . . .
There was a line but the wait was short and the churros and chocolate were top notch as always.
After fueling up, I walked over to the Plaza Mayor to check on the Spanish Civil War walking tour that I took and thoroughly enjoyed back in 2012. I wanted to take it again but found out that that particular tour has been suspended. Instead the tour group's representative convinced me to take their Spanish Inquisition walking tour which starts at 7:00 p.m. seven nights a week. With my American football coaching schedule that means I'll need to take the tour on a Saturday or Sunday. Tomorrow night sounds good to me.
Now properly informed, I decided to start walking south through the La Latina section of Madrid.
Arroz a la Cubana sounded good
But no, I was fully sated by my churros.
That remind's me, Mahou beer is sponsoring the Arganda del Rey's Tapeando again this week.
A tapa and a beer for only 2.20 Euros, such a deal.
A Madrid Ayuntamiento
Once again, an ayuntamiento is both a city hall and one of my favorite words to say in Spanish.
IKEA must be having quite a sale
to create a queue this long
Interesting construction technique
A random steeple
There are lots of antique
stores in La Latina
A quiet Metro station
I decided to board the green #5 Metro to get a closer look at Atlético Madrid's stadium.
Atlético is traditionally one of Spain's La Liga's best futbol/soccer clubs. They are currently atop the 20 team circuit with a record of 5 wins, 3 ties and 0 losses.
It seemed cheery to me as it led me to Atlético's stadium.
Lots of seating
I entered to gather information
All the seats are covered
Given the recent dicey weather, it's a nice touch.
Ticket prices for the next home
game vs. Malaga on Oct. 29th
Atletico hosts a UEFA Champions
League tilt vs. Russia's F.C. Rostov
on November 1st
I am going to buy a ticket to one of these two games.
An Atlético Legend
A good spot to find out more
about Atlético's history
A miner's helmet?
Strange to see this in a soccer team's museum until you read that the club was formed in 1903 by a group of college students, most of which were majoring in mining engineering.
Cool 1903 Socio's team cap
Socio's are dues paying, card carrying team supporters.
The striped jerseys are traditional
The 1941 club
The Evolution of soccer
balls and cleats
They have evolved a
bunch over the years
There is a large statue of Neptune near the Atocha train station where Atlético fans congregate to celebrate whenever their favorite club wins a big game or a championship.
Championships won in their
old Stadium Metropolitano
1930 Game Poster
Bull fighters love Atlético
So do artists
The world's first foosball table?
Atlético's Trophy Case
They've won often over the years
Spain believes in HUGE trophies
And ornate ones too
That's more like the foosball
tables we all know
The evolution of Atlético jerseys
Material and subtleties may change but never the stripes.
There was a period of time when
Atlético joined forces with Aviation
After the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War, Atlético resumed play from 1939-1947 having united with the Aviación Nacional club from Zaragoza.
More about the
This was a good sports museum that I really enjoyed.
A stop at the Atlético
souvenir shop was a must
I am now a proud owner of an Atlético scarf.
Time for more walking.
Good looking building
The Puerta de Toledo
Well worth it for 3 Euros
That's about $3.26 USD.
Palacio de Cibeles
This ornate building is the former post office headquarters that is now a cultural center now known as the Cibeles CentroCentro of Culture and Citizenship.
Now that's a post office
Stained glass is always good
And a tiled stairway too
A great view of the Glorieta in
front of the Palacio de Cibeles
It was time to start heading home as my legs were getting tired and we had our usual 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Osos Junior and Senior practices to conduct.
Bird on a Fountain
One last photo-op for the day.
At practice, I got a chance to work with the six youngest Osos on their pass catching skills as they prepare for their flag football season.
Our Senior practice was highlighted by our first inter-squad scrimmage. As is the norm, we did some good things and some not so good things.
We videotaped the scrimmage and after studying and analyzing the tape, I'm sure that our players will continue to grow and improve as we prepare for the season.
I did do a lot of walking today
And the countdown continues . . .
. . . more days until
Laurie arrives in España