I'm in Madrid enjoying the crazy celebration of Spain’s historic first World Cup Championship.
From my hotel near the airport, I take a bus then The Metro to the City Centre. Total cost of the trip E$2.65.
Although the game is not over the crowd is ecstatic with pride and patriotism. Singing, clapping, horn blowing and laughter are all a part of their external expressions.
Statues, Buildings, Fountains and about anything else that can be climbed is climbed.
Strangers are taking pictures with strangers and no one seems to mind an occasional beer or fountain water shower.
A drum circle forms and adds another level of excitement to the celebration.
I wonder if I can bring myself to do this the next time my favorite football team, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wins The Super Bowl.
Thankfully, I think I have lots of years to practice.
They are even celebrating in the restaurant.
I join in!
E$5.50. It's a kebob sandwich, fries, Diet Coke and a sesame seed covered pastry for desert.
It is well past midnight and the celebration continues through this part of the city. Cars are jumped on and garbage trucks pounded on as they try to make their way down a crowded street.
Not something I want to experience everyday, especially looking like Michael Jackson.
Fortunately on this hot summer evening someone has a spray bottle of water and a few of us clean up a bit. I need another beer to get the taste out of my mouth. At least, I know I am not hot anymore.
There's only one train line running this late or early depending on how you see things. This might present a possible problem getting back to my hotel.
I have Euros in my pocket and will attempt the adventure route back before opting for a taxi.
With some local help, I disembark the train about a thirty minute walk from my hotel.
It's a nice enough evening and I am adventurous enough (or as some would say cheap enough) that I take the hike.
Not bad for a crazy, fun filled night in Madrid.