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Old May 17th, 2013, 01:57 AM   #21
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Ok, but Bankia has offices in Torre Europa then? Theres a pictures earlier in this thread of that shining tower with a big Bankia logo.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 01:58 AM   #22
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great photos and I particularly like those shots of old train cars with grafittis painted on them.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 02:44 AM   #23
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Ok, but Bankia has offices in Torre Europa then? Theres a pictures earlier in this thread of that shining tower with a big Bankia logo.
Most of their offices are still in Torre de Europa I (Torre Europa is another one, in AZCA haha, let's name it KIO I).

Caja Madrid bought Torre Bankia from Repsol (really overprized... in the peak of the brick bubble) as Repsol thought that an horizontal complex (located near Mendez Álvaro) suited better their interests than a vertical tower...

They bought it before it was finished and before the finantial crash... now it seems that they are finally moving to Torre Bankia after trying to sell one of the towers... (I don't know wich one or whichever)...

Curious fact... there were supposed to be a windmild in Torre Bankia (because Repsol wanted to seem a company commited with the environment), that's why there is a gap between the last floor and the structure over it...

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Old May 20th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #24
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The pictures are great and the last one is
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Old May 24th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #25
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super nice photos of a lovely city.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #26
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Terrific snaps
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Old May 27th, 2013, 02:46 PM   #27
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Ok, here's some pictures from the trip to El Escorial. It's a nice day trip from Madrid, about an hour with bus and a return ticket costs about 9€. I already posted the highlight picture of that trip though so it's sort of like desert first and dinner after.




Views from the busride to El Escorial.




What can be a better backdrop than Madrid?


Bam!


Boom!


(Don't know these people)


Getting higher..

Higher...






Half way up the mountain, sort of..






Hey, it's me!


Some more from the town. It had a sort of Alpine feeling to it.




Getting back to Madrid.

Some from my phone, my camera kept acting up the whole trip and gave me random error messages.


A reservoir between Madrid and El Escorial. Is this where the drinking water in Madrid comes from?


Pretty big church.

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Old May 27th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #28
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Awesome, very nice photos from Madrid
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Old May 28th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #29
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A reservoir between Madrid and El Escorial. Is this where the drinking water in Madrid comes from?
Madrid has many sources of water... that could be one of them...

The main reservoirs are:

Pinilla 90,90%
Riosequillo 92,60%
Puentes Viejas 93,50%
El Villar 97,40%
El Atazar 99,30%
El Vado 88,00%
Pedrezuela 93,50%
Navacerrada 85,90%
Santillana 98,70%
Navalmedio 71,70%
La Jarosa 90,40%
Valmayor 90,80%
La Aceña 98,30%
Los Morales 83,30%

(The percentage is the current level as I copied it from www.cyii.es)

There are also subterranean reservoirs and aquifers (that are artificially refilled when there is an excess of water).

There are also deposits inside the city which guarantee the supply of water in peaks or if there are problems with the connections with the reservoirs.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 11:18 AM   #30
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That reservoir is Valmayor.

Many of these reservoirs are used to sail or swim like San Juan or El Atazar.

Thanks for your great pictures.

I like very much the view from the top of the mountain.

It seems you went with people that knew a good spot to watch everything.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:44 PM   #31
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Amazing shots, Joka.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 11:36 PM   #32
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Nice pics, thanks
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Old June 12th, 2013, 04:49 AM   #33
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Great pics, such a great place and wonderful scenes.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #34
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Gud pictures
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Old June 17th, 2013, 01:40 PM   #35
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Thanks for the kind words.

A long overdue update. I'm back in Helsinki now and been a bit busy... or lazy.. or both.
Anyway, me gusta Madrid!

Btw, posting a little bit at a time from a messy library is definitely not the way to do a thread.




Views from from the city hall tower


One share of a mining company I think




First book on the stock market; aptly named


The famous mime at Puerta del Sol


He sticked it


The Royal castle right before the easter possession. I used my gf's head as a monopod, seems to work












Changing of the guard ceremony being guarded






















They were turning left but did this 270 degree turn



I still have a couple pictures
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Old June 17th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #36
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Nice selection of photos!
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Old June 17th, 2013, 01:51 PM   #37
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Here comes the guys with the hoods!




Speaking of Semana Santa; Why are these guys carrying what looks like Roman Imperial emblems?




Bolsa De Madrid


The Police seemed to be playing some sort of cat and mouse games with these (presumably) illegal immigrants. Just chasing them away but not making any effort to arrest them.

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Old July 9th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #38
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Great pics, Joka! I hope you had a great time and come visiting us again someday!
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Old July 11th, 2013, 01:12 PM   #39
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Ver good pictures, man.



Could you visit the Bolsa inside?


What did you like more of Madrid, the city, the people or what?
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Nice pictures!
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