This weekend is a bank holiday weekend, meaning on Monday (tomorrow) is a bank holiday. This will occur every 2 weeks in until May. This is approx, but nevertheless its alot. Im not complaining, its a good life 🙂
We were supposed to go yesterday (saturday) to Burgos, but we woke up abit late, and would never have made the bus because we still had to buy the tickets.
So I went today (sunday) to Burgos, I was a little hesitant, because its a sunday, and everything is shut on a sunday, and it was a bank holiday weekend, but nevertheless I bought the tickets for the 9am bus, and the 530pm on the way back, I figured this was plenty enough time to check the city out.
It took 2 hours 45 minutes to get there, you may think that is Long, but as I have mentioned before, I am offiially Immune, so it went rather quickly. Bare tunage going (AAR, MAN, MAF).
Thankfully the part of the town where all the stuff was to see was right near the bus station, so obviously the first thing to do is to check the huge cathedral you saw on the way in. I have to say that Cathedral was Majestic (thats the only way to really describe it). Me being a student, got discount, and went inside, I gotta give it to them it was really nice inside.
Lord of the Rings Reference where Elrond shows Arwen the future where Aragon (son of Arathorn) dies and his body is kept (well the shape of it)
Mary, mother of Jesus bare wearing Hijab.
This made me laugh. This is their equivalent of a tourist bus, it was a train. I so would’ve gone on, but you had to pay, and I didn’t feel the need to part with any cash at that point.
Strolled to the tourist office, because thats the logical thing to do. They always ask you where are you from, I assume some sort of Poll, I always get a kick out of their surprised face when I say Madrid.
I wanted to check out this Palace, so I started to go a direction which I assumed was the right one. It wasnt. But i found the Old School Walls, reminded me of Avila.
Finally got on the right track, and I found the Mirador aka viewpoint. It was very cool, you could see the whole of the city. And so the logical thing to do was to sit down, eat my lunch, and read Then I was Guided.
Saw the outside of the palace (not the inside because it was closed) and of course took the standard tourist photos.
I decided to disriguard my map, and follow my nose, (tbh I just wanted to go for a general stroll). I walked up this Long street with loadsa shops, of course all of them were closed except for the bakeries.
Once I got bored of this (ok I never got bored, but it was getting cold and rainy and I wanted to go somewhere where it was warm), and I headed to the direction of the National Museum of Evolution. It was….Boring. So not my scene. But they did try and make it interactive, but really I was Bored. But I did wonder what is the position of Evolution in Islam. Yes, I know God created All, but do we believe in any element of it?
There was loads of these statues around, they looked really lifelike, ok I know thats the point of them. But it reminded me of Doctor Who, with Chistopher Eccelston, Episode 1 where the Maniquens came alive. (I’m quite impressed by this btw, in the middle of my life story in Madrid, I can quote Dr Who and its relevant to the text – AHD squared, Im sure your very impressed).
On the way back to bus station, there was a man selling churros. They looked so Good, so I bought Churros con azucar (sugar) con chocolate. This vendor stuck up a conversation with me, where are you from Morocco, Tunis? I then explained my background, and asked where he was from and he goes Pakistan. I asked if there were many Pakistanis in Burgos, he goes yes, many in Leon (city not far from Burgos), Barcelona and Madrid. I pointed out there were more Bangleshis in Madrid that Pakistanis. He said this was true, and that was the end of our conversation, because I had got my food. By the way, this conversation was all in Spanish.
The bus back to Madrid, wasn’t an Alsa (bus company like National Express) bus, it looked like a third company bus, but nevertheless it had leather seats, and I thought that I was clearly going up in the world, but then I realised if I was, I would be taking the train. The Bus seats were free for all, so one of the advantages (among many) of being a hijabi no one really wants to sit next to you on a bus, so the seat next to me was free. So of course i was milking it.
Que es todo