I was in Madrid recently and enjoyed the sunshine and touring around. Madrid is a beautiful city and like Vienna, there are a lot of restaurants and pubs.
However (and this is a BIG “however”), the floors of the pubs in Madrid are very different from those in Vienna. Just look at the photo of a floor in a pub in Madrid:
See those white things on the floor? Those are used napkins. I have never understood this practice – why would someone use a napkin and throw it on the floor? I noticed that even in pubs where there they had trash cans on the floor, patrons still threw used napkins on the floor. Does anyone know why napkins are thrown on the floor? (PS/.. sorry about the blurry photo).
The one thing I liked about Madrid pubs is that your glass is filled with ice. This is something that eating establishments in Vienna do not seem to do even when you ask for it. For instance, we had been hiking in very hot weather for many hours. We got to a heuriger at the end of our hike and ordered drinks. I asked to have a lot of ice in my glass and guess what? The waiter put two ice cubes in my glass. When I said I needed a lot of ice, he said he had given me two cubes and that was a lot. I had to ask for a glass only filled with ice cubes. The waiter complied but seemed confused as to why I needed more ice cubes when he had already given me plenty. Now compare that experience to the glass I was given below in Madrid without even asking for plenty of ice cubes: