Sonny Daze World Tour travel blog

The Alps from 35,000 feet.

It was Saint Patrick's Day when I arrived in Madrid so I...

It was also raining for the first few days, which I knew...

Here's The Palacio from Plaza de Orient.

The Palacio is regal and strong and stands proud, even when shrouded...

The royal crown atop the Palacio

What a beautiful center for power. A new home for the Good...

Here is the Palacio Display Grounds. Imagine it filled with troops all...

My friends, (left to right) Mike from Australia, me and Mathew from...

The Royal coat of arms

Here's the view looking up as you climb the stairs of the...

The throne room inside the Palacio. Pictures DO NOT do it justice.

One of many royal rooms inside the Palacio

This is in the magnificant Plaza Mayor, said to be the imperial...

Another angle of The "Statue I Don't Remember The Name Of" #...

This was the royal bakery. The artwork is unusual to American eyes........

The view looking out of one of the arches of Plaza Mayor....

Here I am in The Plaza de Isabella. This town is full...

A Wild Spanish girl after a night spent drinking calimocho. It's a...

Street performer who stands completely still for long periods of time.

(L to R) Aitor (from Spain), Mathew and Mike in a tapa...

Beautiful building # 1005

The statue for Cervantes (of Don Quixote fame) in Plaza Espana. My...

A close-up of the statue

In Spain the LOVE their meat, especially ham. Here is one of...

What a display window. And the pigs look happy with eyelashes and...

Here is the statue at the top of the Atocha Train Station

Inside is a tropical garden. Here I am with Mike from Finland...

Here's a picture of where I'm staying. My balcony is right where...

Here's the view from my balcony onto Puerta del Sol, said to...

Here's one of the many calles that branch off from Puerta del...

This is (basically) Madrid's City Hall in Puerta del Sol. The center...

The clouds were dramatically beginning to break up in the Spanish sky

Street performers in the plaza on a warm Sunday afternoon

More drama !!!

Building #1006

He looks mad !!! He knows what I've done !!! Aaaaaahhhhhhh !!!!

Saw this painted on the outside of a bookstore. I didn't go...

I know what kind of machine this is. Conveniently located. We should...

We don't have this in America, either. Wow !!

A view of The San Francisco Church

The street of knife makers. All of the streets are marked with...

This is an awesome looking restaurant with an ancient fresco of a...

You have to look to see this one. It's atop a 5...

The Catedral Almudena

There are bigger than life-sized statues all over this Baby.

That's John Paul (without George and Ringo)

This is the other side of Catederal Almudena

The halo is pure gold !!!

This is some of what remains of the Arabic walls built in...

Look what's clinging to the base of a Statue at Retiro Park...

Spring is here

A Sunday stroll sounds marvelous

By the Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace (it's not really crystal as far as I could...

Hey you kids, Quit playing on my........ WHAT the hell is that...

I saw that in a dream one time

Estanque Lake. The center of the party at Retiro

What a work of art !!!!

I found some Spanish hippies !!! Yeee-Haaa

I like this photo (I like fish, too) (and puppy dogs and...

The largest drum circle I've ever seen !!!!! Spring has come. Let's...

The lion's hungry for a nice Spanish sunset.

Aaaahhhhhh

Best sunset since........ Ahh hell, at the time it was the best...

An ancient Egyptian ruin, dismantled, transportated and re-assembled in Madrid.

My and my friend Nils from Warburg, Germany.

Here's Nils saluting the Spanish Civil War statue

One of my favorite buildings # 1013

My friend, and traveling companion, Zack (he's such a fff..nn poser)

Another view of "my favorite building # 1013"

Check out that horse statue on the upper right !!!

Wow !!! That's pretty Cool !!! (See, now we're sight-seeing together)

I don't think he likes you taking his picture some many times,...

Awesome church in Madrid

There's the church and there's the steeple ......

Early horror film ad (Peter Paul Rubens getting his freak on)

I've got an idea!!!! Let's put a huge condom on this obelisk

Art??!!??

Ah the light on this one is.... just right

Puerta de Alcala from inside the city

The same gate from the other side. I don't know who they...

The figures on top are very lifelike

Inspired by light

and form.

¡¡¡¡¡¡ HEAVEN !!!


My first European city and I think I'm falling in love. Maybe it's the fact that I've long hungered to see Spain. The schedule here fits my habits, there are guitars everywhere, the women are beautiful and now that the sun has come out I`m finding it hard to leave. The money is getting low so I'm looking for a gig or few to replinish the travel fund. The first Sunday without rain, I was involved in the single largest drum circle I've ever seen at the huge park here known as The Retiro.

A Fundamental Right:

One thing I see alot of here in Spain, which is different than where I'm from in America, is group singing. Of course it happens in English and Irish taverns the world over, but in Spain it's different. Here, it's not uncommon to see a large group of folks out for a stroll between tapas bars singing, in 3 or 4 different keys at the same time, a current or traditional Spanish song at the top of their lungs. I rather like this mentality. It's very "punk rock". It says that we don't have to be professional musicians in order to express ourselves with the fundamental, universal language that is music. It says that we all have an inalienable right to use this ancient language for whatever cause we choose. Screw those who would stand in judgement. They just don't get it and probably never will. The high and mighty who look down their nose at the thought of an untrained hand taking a try at using the tools of the art. Smash your flute!!! Bash your bassoon!!! Obliterate that oboe!!!! That'll show the bastards how we can express........... Oh excuse me. I guess I was getting a little carried away. But the point is, in Spain, music is not just an art form for the trained and educated but a liberty available for everyperson.

Police Action / Violence In Society

A difference I've noted here is that whenever the Policia get involved one-on-one with a member of the public, crowds stop to gather and stare. I'm not sure how they are on the highways, in The States people slow down for a good look at the carnage, but on the streets here the people are simply fascinated by what in America would be nothing at all. Are we Americans jaded? I mean we do put the largest percentage of people into jail of any country on Earth, so we 're obviously accustomed to the idea that authorities must constantly be looking for and punishing anyone found to be out of order. Here, a dispute breaks out in a bar over the tab and 3 cars full of cops show up to discreetly walk into the situation while a crowd gathers to see if anyone's going to jail (usually they don't). The cops carry guns here but they are outlawed for anyone else. One time I saw a car just miss hittting a guy going across a street. The pedestrian shouted and the car stopped, the driver got out and the two of them yelled at each other from two feet away for maybe 15 seconds, max. Then the driver gets back in his car and the pedestrian goes on about his way as if nothing had happened. That's the closest thing to conflict I've seen in over three weeks of been right here in the heart of the large city that is Madrid. In America, that's a situation that most likely leads to fists a flyin'. In America you're gonna see police action every day in a city this big. When people get that hot in The States it often can lead directly to deadly violence. Is it that we view life as being less valuable than our European brethren? Or..... are we more stressed out in the pursuit to "get more things" and therefore always closer to the edge? Or..... are the Europeans simply She-Men who have been castrated with shame by their women? I invite you to tell what you think.

Eating Habits Of The Typical Spaniard

Ok, I'll admit that title is misleading because I can't say that I know anything about the eating habits of the typical Spaniard. All I can talk about is what is around me here in the Center Of Spain. Three words that explain: "Museo del Jamon" ..... Museum of Ham...... They're everywhere....... They're an institution. Of course there are the ubiquitous McDonalds® and KFC® grease exports, but in Madrid, the Museo del Jamon is tops. The Spanish do love their pigs and they especially love to eat them. In more ways than you can imagine without spending three or four thousand years contemplating it, like the Spanish have. The display windows are an artistic arrangement of happy, smiling piggies, some whole with eyelashes and everything, but most are chopped into more varieties than you ever thought possible. The Museo del Jamon have more than a hundred types of pig sausages. Some make serious claims to the "Omega 3" value of their product and, whose to say? With this many hog legs hanging on hooks, hooves all polished and shiny with collection cups arranged below each one to catch the fat drippings, you just can't help but fall into a carnivorous mood. If you really want to experience something different, grab yourself a buffet ticket and get in line at the buffet down the street. More ways to eat meat than you ever saw in your life. Be prepared to turn something over with the tongs you're using, only to find half the face of something staring back up at you, teeth still intact. Just eat around the skull with your fork. Around here, it's not considered polite to gnaw on a skull bone with your bare hands.

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