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Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

Orkanger, Norway
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Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

This is so difficult, since I m quite old fashioned and easily offended by some of lgbt, maybe I should drop this q altogether.

But should I perhapse avoid this plaza, since I am so riddled by my prejudices, or is this a good time to visit this area, here in Norwat where I live this is a forbidden topic to talk about, maybe I can get a positive experience ?

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1. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

What kind of "positive experience" are looking for?

Something like " I went to Chueca and didn't see anyone being gay?"

Are you for real?

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2. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

I am for real, but I am not living for real.

I live in a rural petite township far out in the farming district of northern Norway. I try to keep an open mind, but when wearing pink slippers, as my dear neighbour did yesterday, causes a lot of ill mannered chatter causing her to trash them nice slippers to Salvation Army, you feel something isnt right

This is might be the reason for my travels abroad, I want to live and breath for some time, get away from these people dictating everything.

Why so afraid of gays. I have never ever been close to anyone. I have always avoided people of another foundation than my farming parents.

I still have a loong way to go, but my journey has started, I know for sure Madrid will be a new eye opener. Maybe more than any Italian city, I get more and more the sense of travelling to Paris, the city of light, the city that really enlightened me on my second trip away from home, giving me a path to a real life to live for real.

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3. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

Arild K ,

You have obviously done some research and have an expectation and curiosity of what you may see and/or experience.

I don't believe you or anyone that visits the Chueca district could possibly be offended , but if you are, just look away. Echuca has great shopping and eateries and the locals are very friendly.

We stayed in an apartment in Echuca and enjoyed the area and the close proximity to all the attractions in central Madrid.

Do yourself a favour and don't just visit the Plaza , stay a few nights (there is lots of accommodation in Echuca) and soak up the colourful atmosphere, I'm confident your stay in Echuca and Madrid will bring you the positive experience you are looking for.

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4. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

I guess coming from such a homogeneous and apparently oppressive environment doesn't do much to breed open-mindedness or tolerance. I grew up in a small town so I can somewhat understand where you are coming from. We all have our prejudices. Mine tend to run in the opposite direction of yours, hence my first comment. Sorry about that.

Having said that, I don't know what you are expecting to see in Chueca, but the few times I've been there I've never seen anything anyone could find offensive. It's a very lively, young and bohemian neighbourhood, but it's not a scene from some Almodovar film. Anyway, whether you like it or not, you will see many gays and lesbians all over the city and probably won't even notice them because they are the same as everyone else.

If you travel with an open mind, I think you'll find that people are pretty much the same everywhere, no matter what they may look like on the outside. Culture shock is a normal part of travel. It might take you a while to get used to people's idiosyncrasies, but the idea is to see through them. Once you do that, you'll find that we all have more in common that we have separating us.

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5. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

I am coming to Madrid next year. I hope I don't have to deal with homophobic tourists. What area of Madrid are they located in?

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6. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

Arlid, I don't understand. You're quite old fashioned but your avatar looks rather provocative to me. Now am I the old-fashioned one?☺

FYI, where we live in the capital city and university of the flagship university of the state. It's is described as 25 miles square surrounded by reality...and by the way, there are quite a few people of Norwegian descent...almost as many as in Minnesota. The only thing conventional here is architecture and home decor; otherwise, it's definitely a blue (progressive) city.

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7. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

Arild:

For me the most important benefit about travel has been to see how people are different from each other and yet can live peacefully together. After all we are all human and travel broadens the mind.

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8. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

Chueca is not only LGBT. Just something for everyone enjoying:

* Panta Rhei, a bookstore focused on art. Calle de Hernán Cortés # 7.

http://www.panta-rhei.es/libreria.php

* Revoltosa for tasting beer brewed in Madrid. Plaza del Rey # 4.

http://www.revoltosamadrid.com/

* Mistura for handcrafted ice cream. Calle de Augusto Figueroa # 5.

http://misturaicecream.com/

* Cisne Azul for having some wild mushroom. Calle de Gravina # 19.

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* Mercado de San Antón. Calle de Augusto Figueroa # 24.

http://www.mercadosananton.com/

* Pomme Sucre for croissants and cakes. Calle Barquillo # 49.

http://www.pommesucre.com/#!tienda-madrid/c3gj

* Lobo Feliz for toys. Calle San Mateo # 28.

http://www.lobofeliz.com/

* Ángel Sierra for vermouth on tap. Plaza de Chueca.

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* Museo del Romanticismo & Café del Jardín. Calle San Mateo # 13.

http://museoromanticismo.mcu.es/

Edited: 17 November 2013, 06:28
Orkanger, Norway
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9. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

Thank you all of you, thank you of my heart!

I wont comment on any of your utterly nice comments, just say, maybe you now know why I am travelleing, away from the pink scishm at home,

I reckoned Chueaca would be a part of Madrid that I should just walk fast by and into Salamanca that second day of my stay, never to come back.

I now know much better, thank you all, there will indeed be two barrio that I really want to stay in - the Plaza Lavapies area, AND the Plaza de Chueca area. As Chueca metro is closer to my hotel, that area from Calle de Silva (maybe part of Malesaña, also a bohemic area??) over to Calle de Prim, looks like my places to be both for my late dinners, and my shoppings.

Avatar ? We all have our guilty pleasures dont we......

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10. Re: Chueca, the metro and plaza - not ?

Suggestions for tapas in Lavapiés:

Tapas y Fotos on Calle del Doctor Piga # 7. Spoon tapas: garbanzos (chickpea stew), salmorejo (tomato cream). Fork tapas: papas con mojo (small potatoes with a spicy sauce from the Canary Islands), pollo hortelano (chicken).

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Donde Da La Vuelta El Viento on Calle Mesón de Paredes # 81. Try its 'ventolera del día' (wild idea of the day).

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