Friday 7 April
Early start today, and left (after apartment inspection) at 7.30 on the first day of our official Eurail Pass travel around Spain. We are discovering that railway stations here are fairly difficult places to negotiate. The main rule of thumb is to leave plenty of time, to find the odd helpful official who speaks some English, and then to often cover a number of floors, and passages to find the platform you are looking for. After our Toledo experience we are now fully aware of how easy it is to miss a train.
Anyway, we found Madrid Chamartin station, sat and waited for the train with 30 minutes to spare. Salamanca is only 90 minutes from Madrid. A lovely trip over rolling hills, olive groves, tiny little villages, and our first sight of large banks of solar panels in the fields.