Nomadic: a tepee, a train, and a quick jaunt to Latin America

Train time!

This Madrid concept bar was actually dad’s discovery–more on that in a bit.

The ‘rents started their third morning by visiting  Museo de América, which chronicles the history of–you guessed it–the Americas!

Tepee time

While they were checking out religious relics, plumed hats, and plundered gold, I stayed home on the promise that the luggage would be delivered. Although it was set to arrive between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., we had no such luck. After a disappointing wait at the apartment, I met up with mom and dad for lunch.

For our Spanish 2-p.m. lunch, we went to Crumb, a restaurant that was not yet two months old. This serene eatery is particularly proud of their bread, which is made from starter and thus has a fabulous depth of flavor. It was a far cry of the first meal we shared when they visited Spain for the first time (that meal, in 2007, had been a bocadillo de jamón with nothing but a lone slice of ham). None of those hard rolls here; Crumb fills a niche for quality, ingredient-filled sandwiches in the Madrid scene.

We were all wowed with the side dish, baked potato and sweet potato with alioli dressing. So simple yet surprising! My bets are on that the ‘rents will attempt this at home.


Last winter, dad had sent me an article about an exciting concept bar that was taking root in Madrid. The Passenger, it read, was set up like an old railway car and had rolling footage of scenery looping through several wide screens to give the impression of motion. Surprisingly, it turned out that the place was located on Calle Pez, a mere 2-minute walk from my apartment! Andres and I had visited in November, and I was eager to take mom and dad there. The four of us went right when it opened and were lucky to have the “car” all to ourselves.

Dad took plenty ‘o pictures as well

To get better feel for how it feels to visit The Passenger, check out this music video by Calle Sonora, which was filmed onboard.

Andres joined us for the train adventure

After hopping off the train, we went to Alma Llanera, a restaurant in Malasaña which offers cuisine from Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Since Andres is from Colombia, it was a fun way to try foods that are similar to those of his home country. The four of us shared an assortment of empanadas, arepas, yuca, patacones, and a dish with fried plantain, cheese, and quince paste.

Dad and Andres also ordered fruity Colombian sodas to accompany the meal

Ñam ñam!

Luckily, dinner was only about a few block from the hotel where the rents were staying. After dinner, it was off to sleep and rest up for another day of exploring Madrid.

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  1. You are right about trying these dishes. I want to make an alioli from scratch to try on the sweet potatoes.

  2. Cassandra

    I knew it! Good luck and let me know how it turns out. I’m curious to figure out which herbs go best with the potatoes…

  3. Sounds like you are having fun with your parents!

  4. Fun with your parents? This is unheard of!

    But we have had some sweet experiences traveling together.

    Pretty remarkable.

  5. I love posts like this, although they make me miss my own family. We usually go home, but I love taking my family around Madrid when they’re here.

    And I really wanted to love the Passenger, but the fast movement kind of made me nauseated and I had to move to the bar!

    I must be getting old! 🙂

  6. Cassandra

    @Kayley – Yes, we did have fun! It is great to go back and blog about everything–plus, it allows and us to relive the memories.

    @Pop — CrAzY idea, huh?? I think the photos speak for themselves!

    @Nicole –Thank ya! I love getting to be a tour guide in Madrid, it’s a great way to be a tourist again myself while showing friends and families my favorite corners. That’s too bad about Passenger making you sick!! How do you fare on regular trains?

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