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By then it was fine enough to trek across the city to Parque del Retiro. This park is as big as London's Hyde Park and it even boasts a lake big enough for 'awesome foursome' races (which I watched). The lake is home to hundreds of carp. There is also a lovely pavilion called the Crystal Palace and plenty of things to see and do.
By then my feet were tired enough to make my way back to the hotel.
... went to the Sorolla Museum. It was interesting that it the museum was once the house of the painter Joaquin Sorolla, who painted all of the paintings in the museum, before his death. I liked being able to see where he painted and met clients, and I also liked that there were photos of what the house looked like when Sorolla lived there. There was a lot of sunlight in the house, and I thought the painting looked ...
... at noon and they told us they didn't open their kitchens until 1PM, I worked my incredible charm and used all the Spanish I knew, and got the very nice man to open the kitchen early and get us two huge plates of paella :). Everyone loves young, blonde American girls.
And did you know that Spain is famous for churros? I thought that was only a Mexican thing, but it's not and "when in Madrid," ya know? So we got ...
... in some cases for pageantry).
After the coach museum we made our way to the Discoveries Monument, placed on the bank of the river as a symbol of the great discoveries made by Portuguese sailors and explorers. One thing that we noticed is that the Portuguese are very proud of their heritage, especially the large role that they played in discovering other parts of the world thanks to their dominance of the sea. It is pretty amazing to think about the fact that ...
HOLA DESDE MADRID :D
I flew into Madrid's airport this morning around 8:30 am, a six and a half hour flight. After meeting up with the RD and the other Marist/Stetson students, we took a private bus that dropped us off to our respective host family's house.
And then I met Emilia and Antonio :) Antonio met me and the RD right outside of the apartment complex and took my suitcase up. I'm living on the 7th floor out of 9 ...