Bazooka Tour 2014 — Madrid, Spain

June 3, 2014

One of the many joy’s working at bazooka is the trips we go on, I’d like to say that it’s an annual thing, but we didn’t go anywhere last year, but the year before we went to Malta, which was a lot of fun.

This year we went to Madrid in Spain, the trip lasted four days, we left Stockholm in the early morning last Friday, arriving in Madrid around 11 AM. It was the first time that I’ve been in Madrid, let alone Spain. As we exited the plane I was prepared for a wall of heat, which usually happens in southern Europe when you leave an air conditioned plane, but the weather wasn’t really that hot.

outside_hotel

We had our own bus that took us from the airport to our hotel, Catalonia Atocha, as the bus navigated the narrow city streets our guide talked about Madrid’s history. Once at the hotel we were greeted with a drink on the roof-top terrace, the view was breathtaking, you could see all the way out to the suburbs of the city.

hotel_view

The following days had been planned rather well, during the mornings we’d be conferencing, doing different activities like team-building etc. and during the evenings we went out to dinner.

bicycle
I shamelessly stole this image from instagram. Checkout the hashtag #baztour2014 for more images. Photo: bazooka_se

Though during Saturday, after the conference, we went out on a guided bicycle tour. I haven’t really ridden a bicycle since I got my driver’s license (which is 8 years ago), but as the saying goes, riding a bicycle is just like riding a bicycle. This event was probably one of the things I enjoyed the most, you can cover a lot more ground than by walking, and you also get a lot more time enjoying the scenery than with a motorized vehicle. The bike trip took something like 2 hours, and it was a lot of fun.

dinner

Every night we went out for dinner, the first night we went on a tapas-spree, visiting three different restaurants for wine-tasting and tapas-dining. The two other nights we enjoyed 7 course dinners, which was awesome to say the least.

art_museum

The last day, Monday, we were free to do whatever we wanted, but we had to check out our bags before 12 AM and we had to meet up at the hotel at 2:15 PM for the transfer bus back to the airport.
I decided to join a small group and go to a gallery nearby, Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, it’s a rather large museum, so if you ever visit it, be prepared to spend a lot of time. They have a lot of art from famous artists like Picasso and Dali.

We arrived at the airport sometime around 3 PM, after a rather interesting busride, how anyone has the guts to drive a car let alone a bus through the streets of madrid is quite astonishing, I don’t think I’d have the nerves to keep my calm, at times I was completely sure we’d scratch up a bunch of parked cars because of the narrow streets.

airport

Madrid’s airport is huge, but we were able to find our gate without any problem, and according to the flight information displays the plane was set to leave 15 minutes early and in extension, the boarding would take place early than planned. So we went to the gate when the boarding should have started. But the plane was missing, we had to wait quite a while and in the end, the plane got delayed half an hour.

takeoff

There’s this special feeling when you get home from a trip, you’re exhausted and happy. And you find out that even though it’s great being abroad, nothing beats the fresh, cool and clean air here in the Nordics.

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