Friday, 13 March, 2015:
After a decent night's sleep, we were up early in order to get to Madrid's Atocha Train Station to buy tickets for the return trip to Murcia and to buy Laurie her Tarjeta Dorada (Gold Card). My original plan was to do this Thursday afternoon but the uncertainty caused by Laurie's bags not arriving with her flight made us postpone buying train tickets until we were sure of when we could leave Madrid.
The Tarjeta Dorada is the Renfe train system's Senior Citizen Discount Card that any Senior, citizen or not, who is 60+ can purchase for 6 Euros and instantly save lots of pasta on the Spanish rail system.
Pasta is a Spanish colloquialism for money.
Back in December, when I first arrived in Spain, buying my Tarjeta Dorada and my ticket to Murcia took about one hour the day before my leaving because of the people in line also trying to purchase train tickets.
Today it took five minutes.
We had about 90 minutes to kill before the direct 222 train to Murcia was scheduled to leave so we ate some breakfast in the spacious Atocha Station and, surprise, Laurie shopped!