I finally found a few hours to enjoy Madrid. So far I have only been running around between gyms, metro stations and restaurants. I have been to a lot of cities in Europe in the past three months but Madrid is by far the best city when it comes to “city life.” Last night, when we were on our way to the Euroleague Gala (thanks for the invitation – it was a great show), I saw streets filled with hundreds of tourists, locals and basketball fans.
Today I took a little tour – It had to be little, because I was REALLY exhausted from the last few days, as you can see in this picture. [singlepic=103,180,100,,left]
Of course I had to stop at the Plaza España: an oasis in the middle of busy city roads, but with the beautiful statue of Don Quixote (the most famous Spanish novel, written by Miguel de Cervantes).
As tourists were lining up to take pictures of themselves with the statue, I noticed something interesting. Check out this picture:[singlepic=104,320,240,,center]
I know the guy at the statue looks like he is doing something really weird, but look at the statues neck:[singlepic=105,320,240,,center]
Every single tourist will have CSKA Moscow in their pictures, thanks to a crazy fan who climbed up the statue to put that scarf around the statue’s neck.
As you can see some people were excited to wear on their chest the 2008 MVP: Ramunas Siskauskas![singlepic=110,320,240,,center]
I also met a really nice Maccabi fan who told me his story about getting tickets. He bought them for 250 euros each, then had to sell them because he thought he would not be able to come, but then bought them again for 500 euros each because he had the chance to come. This is what I call DEVOTION.[singlepic=108,320,240,,center]