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Tuesday, July 21, 1998
Ely, England to 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 - Sil Residencia

Today's Travel:
Countries: England, Spain
Regions: East Anglia, Greater London, Madrid
Path:Ely, England - Madrid, Spain
Linear:951 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 467
Linear Dist: 120775
Countries Visited: 33
Regions Visited: 131
More stats...
Hotels: 88
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 134
Transit: 49
Beers: 1838

Journal Entry:
Despite a heroic effort by my friend Deedee (speed limits are such a bother) resulting in me catching my train with seconds to spare, I still missed my flight out of Heathrow. Or rather, I got there less than 30 minutes before departure and they wouldn't let me board. There was a 7:45 pm plane out of Gatwick so I only lost about 5 hours. Caught a bus to Gatwick and wasted the remain hours in the various duty free shops (didn't buy anything - except lunch)

On the flight I was sitting next to a 19 year old Australian guy named Brad. Brad was on Holiday and was going to Spain for five days before returning to London. He didn't have a clue where he was staying either so we decided to team up to find a place. Caught the bus into Madrid, took the Metro to Tribune (suggested by some travelers as a good area for pensions), and found a place on our second try.

Went down to a cervasaria and had a couple beers while watching the Madrid nightlife go by.

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

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