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Sunday, July 26, 1998
Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain:
Latitude: 40° 24' 56" North
Longitude: 3° 42' 27" West
Altitude: 2264 feet
From Seattle: 5873 miles
Lodging: Hotel - La Pensión Luz

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Today's Travel:
Country: Spain
Region: Madrid
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Puerta de Acala Madrid, Spain

Estanque del Retiro Parque Retiro, Madrid, Spain

The Capote: The toreros / picador Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The Muleta: The Torero (The Bullfight) Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The Muleta: The Torero (The Bullfight) Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The Muleta: The Torero (The Bullfight) Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The Kill Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The Kill: The bull is dragged out Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Bull number three enters the ring Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The Capote: The toreros / picador Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Picador and horse: Bull's winning Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Picador and horse: Bull's winning Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Picador and horse: Bull's winning Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Picador and horse: Bull's winning Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Picador and horse: Bull's winning Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Picador and horse: Bull's winning Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

Picador and horse: Bull's winning Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

The banderilleros Plaza de Toros, Madrid, Spain

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Day: 472
Linear Dist: 120775
Countries Visited: 33
Regions Visited: 131
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Camping: 41
Hostels: 134
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Journal Entry:
Another hot day, although not ungodly so (a mere 104° F, 40° C). I walked to the Parque Retiro, a huge park in the Retiro district of Madrid (behind the Prado). It was beautiful with lots of full tree, fountains and lawns. Also an absolute maze of paths.

My evening plans were the Bullfights. I was a few minutes late so I missed the first (of six) fights. I'm not sure how I feel about the fights. I sat way at the top of the ring, so I didn't have to deal with the gore on a personal level. Still it was sad, not because the bull dies, but because of the change that the bull goes through. When the bull first charges into the ring it is noble. Fearless, vicious, but noble. Through the various stages of the fight the bull is transformed to a confused, and sometimes even pitiful wreck. The actual fight is sometimes quite beautiful. The matador is very fluid and graceful, more what I would expect at a ballet. Unfortunately they always seem to strut a little to much for me to like them - I found myself cheering for the bull more than once. Overall I enjoyed the experience and I stayed for all the fights - originally I was hoping to make it through two of them. I think sitting way above I may have got a too sterilized picture of the proceedings. If I go again I'll try to sit closer and see how I feel after.


Related Sites:
The Bullfight
CNN: Current Weather in Madrid
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Spain
CIA World Fact Book: Spain

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