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Today was the day I probably spent the most time on transport of any kind. We woke up at a reasonableish time and in combination with an Australian friend (Sara from Doncaster/Eltham way) decided we'd go to Toledo for a day trip. Toledo is a massive castle town, with parts dating from even Roman times, that was the old capital of Spain and one of the few places globally were Christians, Jews and Muslims coexisted in relative harmony, even if said harmony was brief. It ...
... olives here, their brine tasted really funky. This was rather disappointing as I usually love them and there was such a huge range. After lunch we went and explored the Royal Castle. This was yet another place you could not take photos so we had to take a lot from the outside to make up for it. We even walked around the royal gardens with all the statues which had been removed from the roof. These had been ...
After taking some shirts to the laundry (no more sitting in laundromats for us!), we wandered up to the Retiro Park. Should have known better than to have coffee at the cafe next to the lake! Cost three times as much as if it wasn't in that position! Oh well, it was nice watching the people row around on the lake. Went to the Crystal palace and the other gallery in the ...
It has been a relatively calm week. I'm not traveling this weekend because yesterday, Friday, I had a day trip with the institute. Although I don't have an extravagant adventure to tell this week, I'd like to share some of the interesting things that I've been up to.
First off, I got some pictures of the Halloween activity I did with the Spanish kids put up on the previous blog post, so please look for those!… This past Monday, I had a trip after ...
Today we took a little bus ride north of Madrid and explored the Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial! It was gorgeous, enormous, and very very impressive, but Andrew may have been expecting something a little different… We had a bit of an 'Aquarium vs. Antiquarium' moment again. When I said that I wanted to visit El Escorial I also mentioned that it was ‘the heart of the Inquisition!... or something like that.’ ...