Barcelo Castellana Norte
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... drizzle late in the afternoon to get changed for dinner. Dinner was in a municipal restaurant in Retiro Park. This was inconvenient as there was no nearby metro and was a 30 minute walk. But walk it was and the drizzle turned into rain then back again before I got there. I am sure Retiro is a great park but not by night.
I was sat next to a French green politician from Paris. He was also gay and we got on well.
After a good dinner I walked back - round ...
... and the better quality of free tapas you get with your drinks! 3 drinks later we are back up to Plaza Mayor to meet our tour. It was a walk through the city from the Hapsburg to the Borbon eras, and was quite interesting. We didn't know that hundreds of years ago Spain was a Muslim country! 6pm and no text about our bags, so we figure we really better buy some things. Out of the city centre around the Goya area there are more shops, we ...
... Bulls can be left or right sided with their horns – Matadors do not know which side they are strongest on prior to stepping in the ring for the fight
- Matadors work in teams of three to four people
We had one day and a night to explore Cordoba (one hour by train from Sevilla). We didn’t find the town as pretty as Sevilla, but we very much enjoyed the Mezquita Cathedral and the water fountain show at the Alcazar at night. ...
... thought Australia was bad at only testing memory but now I realise that we also apply what we have memorised, they just write it down.
Fun subjects don't exist. They do religion, history, philosophy, economics, PE, CMC (modern science), English - speaking and writing and Spanish - which isn't learning Spanish but rather the history of the language. There are no electives.
The dress code is really relaxed. The younger kids have uniform, primary school have ...
... the way:
- Roman numeral clocks are only balanced if they replace the IV with a IIII
· If you spent 30 seconds of each of the palace rooms it would take you 18 months to see
· Fat churros are called porra and churros are a breakfast food
· Football celebrations are held around roundabouts
· The local tooth fairy is a rat named Raton ...