The last stop before home: Alicante!

I left Madrid this morning after checking out of the hotel. I had a bit of time before my train left so I got a bite to eat in the train station and sat and read my book. I also bought a book of sudoku puzzles. Thank goodness it’s the same in every language (at least the ones that use arabic numerals!). The train to Alicante took about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The top speed was about 250 km/h, not too shabby.

I arrived in Alicante to wonderful warm weather and caught the bus to the airport. From the airport, I took a taxi to the hotel. The bus to the hotel would have required an understanding of the streets and a bit of a walk so I opted for the easy route: have someone else drive me! The taxi driver spoke very little English so I practiced my Spanish, remembering that I’m in an area of Castillian Spanish and not Latin American Spanish! I keep pronouncing “gracias” incorrectly.

I checked in to my room. I’m sharing with a PhD student in neuroscience from USC. She is more in the engineering/biomedical side of things. The conference held a reception this evening for all of us with food and drinks, which was a good thing because that was my dinner! I chatted with a fair amount of people, mostly engineers. The majority of people here are from Spain but there are a bunch from the Netherlands. Apparently they are doing a lot of research in the area of brain computer interfaces.

Now it’s time for bed and start bright and early!!!

The hotel I stayed at in Madrid. Beautiful!

The hotel I stayed at in Madrid. Beautiful!

Royal Agricultural Building in Madrid

Royal Agricultural Building in Madrid

Madrid Atocha Train Station

Madrid Atocha Train Station

I didn't catch a picture when we hit our top speed but over 200 is pretty impressive!

I didn’t catch a picture when we hit our top speed but over 200 is pretty impressive!

View of the beach in Alicante. We're a bit further away in Elche but only a short bus ride!

View of the beach in Alicante. We’re a bit further away in Elche but only a short bus ride!

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~ by notforproffitt on September 15, 2013.

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