29.04.2016 - 29.04.2016 19 °C
RENFE ALTARIA TRAIN - Murcia to Madrid
Updated, Barajas-Madrid Hilton, HHonors Lounge, eating peanuts
"It is the reward of the journey itself, not the destination that we seek"
Once again, huge thanks due to our tranportistas to Murcia station, Jean and Vivienne, and Carol who will be in charge at Bag End as well as John & Antonia who will keep an eye on things, Ian, as ever and Mervyn who will be on call as well as Jean, Vivienne and Terry who are always there for us! And Sofi who, no doubt, will be a good girl and come in when she's called!
We love you all! (cf Janet Webb at the end of Morecambe and Wise shows).
Here we are, somewhere on the red line between Murcia and Madrid.
Bob filming me photographing him as the Madrid train comes into Murcia station. The Dymo tape on the video cam says "ZOOMED OUT???". Hopefully it will remind both of us to check the damn thing is indeed zoomed out. Our first day in Canada on the last trip was filmed on maximum zoom which does not work well when bouncing around on Canadian road surfaces.
Due to the previously discussed "upgrades" to the Preferente perks on Spanish railways, no breakfast served at the seats again, of course. So we brought our own picnic. (On our last trip, we were happily settling into our seats on the train for Madrid and looking forward to the nice hot breakfast that was always served at your seat. Only to find the rail company had done away with all that, following the UK model of cut the service, increase the fares, boost the profits, and s*d the customers!).
Let the food fotos commence.....!
Cold sausage, small piece of "Gala" pie, hard boiled egg, Colmans mustard. Wonderful!
Another food item. Some may remember crab cakes were offered on our last outward flight. Well here're the rather interesting choices for our flight from Madrid to Dallas/Fort Worth
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I do use the word Blogger with some trepidation as I equate it with the first rude word I learned as a small kid. I learned it as my dear old Gran was checking her football pools whilst the results were read out on her enormous walnut wireless:
"Arsenal 1, Tottenham Hotspur 5" "Blogger"
"Blackpool 7, Manchester United 0" "Blogger".
"Queen of the South 0, Hamilton Academicals 4" "Blogger"
Well the word sounded like Blogger, not that Blogger had been invented in 1953! My Gran never had a TV but she did have a phone. One of those candlestick affairs. Always wanted one of those. And no mobile phones, of course. If she wanted to speak to my Grandpa, she had to go round the 800 pubs in Bath to try and find him (Well not quite 800, he didn't drink in all of them. Not quite).
I digress (nostalgia isn't what it used to be)....
Guess the theme tune for this trip!
Well here's a clue sung by this lovely guy. You'll have to wait for the original....
Safely arrived at Hilton, Madrid airport. Eventually. Forgot it was a holiday weekend so most of Madrid is on the roads out of town. Anyway, nice young man at check-in gave an upgrade to suite. It was worth waiting for. Bob's Hilton gold card works its magic again.
STOP STOP PRESS
Storms in Dallas so there could be delays. See you soon. Please remember to leave a comment if you can! Are these pictures too big for you, by the way? All devices are different. Please do let us know.
Thank you. We do love you all!
John & Bob