Avoid: Sol, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Weird : Quirky : Fun

by Ben Curtis

Free hugs in Madrid

Someone recently suggested in our Spain forum that this picture is worrying on several levels. Primarily, what the hell is going on with Mickey and the spangley yellow jacket?!

Whether Mickey is there or not, I strongly suggest avoiding Sol and all adjacent shopping streets on Saturday afternoons… unless you particularly enjoy being hustled around amongst thousands of painfully slow moving shoppers, who do their best to second guess your every direction change and impede your escape at all costs.

Luckily the abrazos gratis (free hugs) girl was there to provide psychological support… If only I could have got past Mickey…

More on where and what to avoid in Madrid coming soon!


Comment from matt
Date: September 23, 2007, 12:19 pm

In terms of shopping, definitely not the best time to be in Sol. But if you are like me and like to people watch, it doesn’t get any better than Sol on a weekend during the early evening.

Comment from Brandon
Date: September 23, 2007, 9:30 pm

I went to Sol tonight (Sunday) and Mickey was still there. He’s actually the first Mickey I’ve seen with a baritone Spanish voice. lol
The area wasn’t nearly as packed, though. Just a decent number of people enjoying the cool evening and having some dinner. I’m sorry to see I missed out on the free hugs, though.

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