Holiday Inn Madrid - Calle Alcala
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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... in the museum. But after lunch, I met up with Amanda, a Marist alum who also studied for a year in Madrid (and is now here for another teaching ESL)! Her, myself, Ian, and her Spanish boyfriend all walked over to the Chocolatería de San Gines, probably the most famous place in Madrid to get churros and chocolate! And after a month in Madrid, I still hadn't tried churros, so I considered it a celebratory gift for being here for a month :) TODAY, oh boy today ...
... the sunny day. I walked through the giant arc monument at the plaza of independence and carried on to the palace of communications at the plaza of cibeles. In the palace you can go up to the 8th floor to get a view of the street Gran via. I walked all the way down the Gran Via street and made sure to look up. The buildings all display historic architecture. In plaza Callao huge pedestrian walkway split off and one leads to the department store "corte ingles", here I took ...
... girls to do their own thing, and we went off in search of the house of the Spanish playwright, Lope de Vega (a contemporary of Cervantes). Our interest was based on a couple of his plays we had seen in Bath last year - one hilarious and the other a tragedy, but both very enjoyable (they were in English, by the way!) Our trusty guidebook alerted us to the fact that the house was only open to visitors on guided tours, and that you needed to book ahead. I tried the ...
... AAAHHHHH!!! Ok, enough said. Classes have been going pretty well considering the crazy schedules that we have. We finished up art after the first week, after seeing some incredible and famous artwork. I actually loved some of the artists that I saw, and the differences I began to notice between many of them. Our other three classes, Classical Politics, Film in Culture, and Pilgrimage, have been difficult, but I definitely know that I am learning a lot, about ...
... so the whole month of May the celebration continued with bullfights, fireworks, festivals...but in September there were no such festivities...
The closest we came to bullfighting this time was having drinks and tapas at Torre del Oro bar Andalú...this bar on a big, impressive, cobbled 17th century Plaza Mayor was just a few minutes walk from ...