Campo de Criptana, where you get to see the La Mancha windmill, is about 2 hours ride from Madrid. There is no easy way to get here without renting a car. I heard you can go by bus but didn’t see any on sight at that time.
On this trip, my friend was the driver so I had less trouble worrying about transportation. It’s always nice not to drive so I truly appreciated his offer to take me to tourist spots, though I always feel concerned of how I should return back to the airport if something goes wrong.
It’s a mystery how my friend remembers the route without a navigation system. Is this something obvious for Europeans? I should have asked.
I took this photo on a red signal. This is one shot of the city of Madrid not far from the airport. It’s the center area so the road is not so wide and bit crowded. I thought I sure cannot drive in such congestion, especially in a foreign country. I don’t even know the route.
Once you are out of the city, you notice the sudden change in view, not many buildings. There were no gas stations so I wondered what will happen if the car runs out of fuel. My blackberry shows no signal.
Getting closer to the destination, you drive up a narrow road. You get to see houses with white wall and blue window. This shop sold snacks and beverages.
Arrived at last. There was quite a distance between the windmills. Once getting closer to the windmill, it looked really big to me.
Every windmill had a door but it was closed on that day. I guess sometimes it’s opened. You get to see windmills very far, looks like a mile away.
Though spending several hours to arrive here, I had to reach the hotel on that day so I got back in the car with my friend. Only spent an hour watching windmills.