"Everywhere you go you can always find tapas. … In Spain, we normally move from bar to bar, sampling the specialties of each place. Some of the tapas are jamón serrano (Spanish ham), manchego cheese, Spanish omelet, fried calamari, chorizo, patatas bravas, et cetera. There are so many bars with great tapas that it would be impossible to mention them all."

"Lhardy is another place where you can find cocido a la madrileña. There's a little restaurant downstairs and private rooms on top. Lhardy has chandeliers, mirrors, and dark wood-paneled walls, and serves the most classic cocido a la madrileña in the city. Another great one is Botín, which is believed to be the world's oldest restaurant, founded in 1725. It was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorites - and people still go there for the roasted pig and lamb and the atmosphere."

"Saturday is a good night to go to the theater. There are 25 or 30 of them in Madrid. The most famous is the Teatro Real, the royal theater. It's the daddy of them all. It is quite old and one of the world's finest stages for opera. It's the home of the Fundación del Teatro Lírico, an opera company."


"On a Sunday, you would sleep in because you would have come in late from Saturday night. Then, mid-afternoon, you'd go watch a soccer game. One of Madrid's big soccer teams is Real Madrid and the other is Atlético de Madrid. I'm a Real Madrid fan. Their stadium is called Santiago Bernabéu, and it's more than 50 years old. It's quite steep, so it looks like the guys on the top rows are almost going to fall on top of you. The stadium holds about 75,000 people, and they just get crazy. It's like when you go to a football game in the States. They get crazy there cheering for the team, and when the other guys have the ball, they start whistling. And sometimes you have to put your fingers in your ears because it gets so loud."