Talking a bit about Spain,my other love and origins from Tenerife. I lived in Madrid so know the city well, and still visit often 3 or 4 times a year.
Madrid is my younger days, just that are never forgotten, full of chasing girls and playing football/soccer in the Real Madrid organisation. Well some still can’t stop lol!!!
One of the thing I enjoy while in the city is the polideportivo, the sports complex, a place to mingle share stories and meet well many people ::)
For a visitor to stop by these places will be a deep insight into the life of the city, something you won’t find in any travel guide.
some of those I hang out with were the Casa de campo district at PASEO PUERTA DEL ANGEL, 7 open Monday to Friday from 8h45-20h30. In summer it is open Mondays to Sundays from 11h to 20h30. It is closed Dec 24, 25 ,31 and january 1 ; May 1. You get there by Metro: El Lago, Puerta del Ángel and buses 31, 33, 36, 39, 65, 130. They have pools, weight rooms and good for all ages. You ,also, have a lake here for boating.
Other was at the Estanque del Buen Retiro, the famous park. at PASEO DEL ESTANQUE, 2 .You have boats, pedal boats, sailings, running trails, open at 10h and then it closes depending on the season from 17 to 20h. you arrive here on metro Retiro or Ibiza and buses 1, 2, 9, 15, 19, 20, 28, 51, 52, 74, 146, 152 and 202 as well as suburbian or cercanias train Recoletos.
PArque Municipal de la Elipa, at Moratalaz district was the closest to me,and my main area, played Baseball there for the Real Madrid organisation (yes at that time they sponsor Baseball at all levels on a league of 8 teams including the USA air force base at Torrejon de Ardoz). location at CALLE ALCALDE GARRIDO JUARISTI ;open every day from 8h30 to 20h30. You reach on metro Estrella or buses 71 and my old bus line 113 today (it was the P13 back then long time ago ::)) In addition to baseball ,you have softball, football/soccer, aeromodelism , table tenis and tenis, weight room and gym plus a nudist area lol!(now) Volleyball, handball,badminton, jai alai or basque pelota game; you name it ,it is still huge.
And the La chopera inside the Parque del Buen Retiro, by CALLE ALFONSO XII, 48 (you go there by the archway or PUERTA DE MURILLO) , open mondays to fridays from 8h30 to 20h45 and Saturdays and Sundays from 8h30 to 14h45 . You get here by Metro: Atocha or Retiro;buses 1, 2, 15, 19, 28, and 146 as well as train station Atocha. Other than jogging you can do here handball, football/soccer, indoor football soccer, football 7, weight room, tenis, and basketball as well as pedal boating in the lake.
In other, Sergio Ramos got a five game suspension for fowl language to the referee during Real Madrid win 4×0 over Celta de Vigo in the Spanish King’s Cup eighth finals. He will missed the two Cup games vs Valencia plus league matches vs Valencia, Osasuna,and Getafe. Hard blow adding to the injured Pepe and Marcelo in defense. The club is in third place in the Spanish first division LIga BBVA and also in the eighth finals of the Champions league of Europe next will be in February vs Manchester United.
in show business, Julio Iglesias and Miranda Rhysburger have decided to send their kids Miguel Alejandro (15), Rodrigo (13),the twins Victoria and Cristina (11), and Guillermo (5) to normal private school rather than teaching them with private tutors at home in Miami and PUnta Cana. Now they will go in Miami to the Miami Country Day School, http://www.miamicountryday.org/ one of the most prestigious school in the State of Florida.
Next if you like to listen to top 40 music from Spanish music leader Los 40 Principales and other music from the world as well, hookup here http://www.los40.com/
And if you want to know more of my origins than see my grandparents region (on all four sides lol!) the Candelaria region of Tenerife, Canary Islands of Spain, http://www.tenerife-candelaria.com/ and read the story of the Guanches;
You need Spanish or a translator service but if you want to know about Spanish wines, then read the best guide over many years there Guia Peñin, webpage here http://www.guiapenin.com/ There is a blogroll in the bottom of my page with many links one is in Spanish too about Bodegas in Spain by region with all contact information, it is here for ease of reference, http://www.apoloybaco.com/Bodegas.htm just hit the barrel and it takes you to the region of Spain. Other than ordering from El Corte Inglés department store in Spain, this site is my favorite for ordering and information on wines too ,also, in Spanish, and do not know if they ship outside of Spain, http://www.todovino.com/comprar-vino
For last, one of my all time restaurant from near home, Jota cinco, already a chain in its own right, the first one open in 1970, on my street Calle Alcala , they are at No 423 at the corner with Arturo Soria, metro Ciudad Lineal line 5 of course. webpage http://www.restaurantejotacinco.com/
Enjoy Spain, savored Madrid, as the saying goes From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day.Cheers