Mi cuarto en mi hotel
May 31 – June 4, 2011
¡Hola, toda la gente! I just learned how to do upside-down exclamation and question marks on my Mac, so you’ll see those more often. In other news, I finally have consistent WiFi, so expect to see all my posts from Madrid and my first few days in Oviedo in the next week or so. Madrid and Toledo, unfortunately, will not be in order, as I have chosen to do them by theme as opposed to date, except for Toledo.
But let’s start with mi cuarto.
We stayed at the Hotel NH Alberto Aguilera in Madrid. It is a contemporary hotel with patient staff and a large, delicious breakfast buffet (puts American hotels to shame), but the rooms were muy, muy pequeño.
I shared a room with Vicki:
In my trips to Europe before, I discovered that rooms tended towards the miniscule, but I forget how small they were. I know that America is the land of the “big” but it’s a bit of a shock to see how people make do with such tiny rooms in other countries. I guess you just do, and it’s not half-bad. Of course, I’m a messy person, so it wasn’t easy.
There was also this:
It is called a bidet, and it’s meant to, as one travel website puts delicately, clean the parts that are not often tanned. En mi casa, we have bidets attached to our toilets, but the bidet is separate mostly in Europe. I think I finally figured out how to use it!
Also, it was in the hotel, I discovered that my universal adaptor was not so universal. As in, most European electrical outlets are round in nature, as opposed to square. Had to tramp off to El Corte Inglés (think department store + Best Buy + Barnes & Noble + Kroger + Walgreen’s) to buy another one for 8 euros. For obvious reasons, I was not pleased.
To sum it up, European hotel rooms occasionally need adjusting to. But hey, all you really need is a a clean bed and a clean bathroom, and that’s what a hotel is there for.
You really don’t need noisy neighbors, though.