We spent the afternoon at the Christmas market in one of the main squares. It’s cool how into Christmas the Spanish seem to be. They were selling nativity sets and all sorts of enhancements such as individual animals, baskets, fruits, vegetables, and anything else you could imagine adding to your nativity set. There were also sets with motorized components, so the characters were in constant motion. Another neat local `specialty’ was a pooping peasant called a caganer you could buy for your nativity set. This tradition has existed in Madrid for over 3 centuries with uncertain origins. Back at our hostel we got dressed up for a nice evening at Corral de La Moreria, which is a restaurant with a very highly rated flamenco show. The food was very good and the show was even better. It wasn’t quite what we expected, but it was neat; it was very passionate and there was a lot of stomping.