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Puerta del Sol & Kilometer Zero

Travels of Adam? Travels of a wombat. Wombat Wednesday is a photo series of Mr. Wombat in places all around the world.

Puerta del Sol

I’ve been on the road three full weeks now. (My thoughts on my first week abroad still ring true.) Day one of my year-long RTW trip began at 0 KM in Madrid. Seemed as fitting a place as any to start a year of adventure.

Puerta del Sol

I wrote briefly yesterday about how much I love the plazas in Spain (I’ve got more to say on this subject, for sure). Puerta del Sol is one of the most important and most popular plazas in Madrid.

The clock tower’s bells mark the beginning of each New Year (you’re supposed to eat a grape on every toll of the bell on New Year’s Eve—seems a bit challenging). Many of the biggest rallies and protests have occurred here. One tour guide even said that a protest against the war in Iraq was the largest in the world. And it happened right here in the center of Madrid.

Kilometer Zero

The plaque (which this wombat so lovingly sits on) is where distances are measured across Spain (think mile markers on the highways). It’s just a simple plaque buried in the ground in front of a government building. The Spanish people can be so modest, don’t you think?

  1. Adam says:


    A town called Wombat with a Wombat Pub? I'm there. The ultimate plan is to get to Australia before the end of this year, so we'll be in touch :)

  2. Adam says:

    It's easy to miss. I pulled out Mr Wombat in front of a bunch of tourists and got a lot of giggles when I took this shot.

  3. Adam says:

    This wombat is MORE than just cute—he's awesome!

  4. Ok, so when are you coming back to Australia? My dad just recently bought the Wombat Pub… yes you read it right, THE Wombat Pub in a teeny town called Wombat in NSW. It's a few hours south from Sydney.
    Mr Wombat must stop by for a visit and photo op next time!

  5. I missed this Km 0 sign! Otherwise I would have been sitting there like Mr. Wombat and had my picture taken :)

  6. flexeble says:

    What’s with the Wombat travel companion? He’s cute and all but we your captivated audience need photos and videos of the various site you visit as we want to experience (albeit second hand) the things you experience.

    Travel east my friend, travel east while feasting on local delicacies (grapes included)

  7. I love the buzz of the Puerta del Sol. I have an excellent picture of myself late one evening, after a night of tapas and tinto de verano, standing at Kilometer 0 scratching my head, looking lost. I may be biased, but I think it is pretty funny!

    The Wombat doesn't look lost!

  8. Andy Hayes says:

    Looks like the wombat is enjoying some time in the sun :-)

  9. Adam says:

    hahaha that's a great idea for a photo! Wish I'd thought of it….

  10. Adam says:

    Yep – only the best for the wombat!

  11. Gribers says:

    You got to check out the plaza mayor in Salamanca it's truely spectacular

  12. Adam says:

    I was JUST talking to someone about Salamanca. Next time I'm in Spain, I definitely want to visit there.

  13. Jen says:

    When you mentioned the grapethin you totally brought me back to being a kid. I'm not Spanish from Spain, but for new years, my family also did the grape eating thing. It is hard and unless you can swallow grapes whole, there's no way you'll be done with them all. Still fun to stuff a bunch of grapes into your mouth, though. :)

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