"When I'm in Madrid, I usually go out with my soccer friends. One of the places we like is Txistu, whose food comes from the northern part of Spain. It's not a huge place, but it's nice and has kind of an old feeling. You can get anything. You can get great seafood, you can get very nice kinds of meat with different kind of sauces, and then, of course, you have Spanish ham and Spanish cheese, queso manchego. Another good place is El Asador Donostiarra, with food from the Basque country. When I go there, I eat meat. They have rib-eye and filet mignon and really good lamb, too. It's a pretty atmosphere and usually pretty crowded because it's so good."


"The typical thing that you have in Spain is churros with chocolate. Churros are the dough that you make bread with, but they fry it so it's kind of like a little doughnut. Then they put sugar on top and you dip it in chocolate. They sell churros on the street, and they can also do it for you in the restaurants, but the best churros are at Chocolatería San Ginés. They've been around since 1894."

"The Museo del Prado is one of the world's greatest museums. It opened in 1819 to display the royal collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. It has a lot of variety. The galleries contain important collections of Spanish and foreign artists ranging from the 12th to the 19th centuries. But the star exhibits are the Velázquez and the Goya collections. They are two of Spain's greatest painters, and I enjoy both of them very much. The other place to see are the gardens of the Royal Palace. Just to walk around there and see the views and how beautiful the flowers are and to take in all of the tradition, it's unbelievable. The palace itself is still used for state occasions, but the present king doesn't live there. The Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is an outstanding museum of 20th-century art. You can find works of Spanish artists such as Miró, Dali, and Picasso."