The journey was long, but uneventful. Business class makes all the difference. One actually goes from dreading the flights to looking forward to them. Basically, it's a comfy lie-flat bed with your own personal 24" TV with an unlimited stock of movies and music as well as a open bar with surprisingly good meals. Who wouldn't want to do that for 9 hours with no other responsibilities? Half of the flight is spent playing with all the buttons on the fancy entertainment center and wonders beds...up, down, back and forth....oh yes and you get this little Tumi bag of gifts and everybody reads the Wall St. Journal - which I suppose is why they are all in Business Class.
The two-hour flight from AMS to Madrid was back to normal air travel - just long enough to get a sore butt.
Upon arrival in Madrid, we took a 35 min shuttle bus to the Antocha train station, changed out our phone SIM cards and bought two tickets to Toledo - a 45 min train ride. Pretty long day, but we did OK. The late afternoon train ride through the countryside south of Madrid started to bring back memories of our trip to Spain 3 years ago and I started to get excited dreaming about the food, wine and beauty of the culture.
Now we are at the awesome town of Toledo. Check out the pics. Basically the cutest town ever... History, bars, restaurants, some old swords and armor, more more history, restaurants, bars, you get the picture. Our apartment is right next to the Cathedral, in the center of the town and super nice. Maybe we will just stay here for the entire time....