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... to understand all the elements that the guide was talking
about especially when describing aspects in great detail. Amanda and I went to
the National Opera house to check out ticket prices before heading back on the
metro- hopefully we will be able to catch a show before we leave. I rode the
metro back alone like a champ, not needing the map or anything which made me
feel like a true Madridista. Once getting to Bilbao I grabbed a starbucks and
... Malaga around 7 pm and walked to the hostel, about a half an hour (it's not actually that far, but it always takes longer when navigating a new city). The hostel's ok, sort of, but the bunk beds are HORRIBLY cheap. There are literally two rungs on the ladder to the upper bunk that I'm in and they are pretty far apart. Every time I lean my weight on the ladder to swing myself up into the bed I'm terrified the wood is going to break off of the bunk and I'll ...
... the time was a new idea. The school also hosted international debates where the worlds most brilliant minds would meet. Albert Einstein, for example spent time here. Today, the Residencia is a cultural center that still hosts international expositions on various scholarly topics.
Friday was an institution trip to the Monastery of San Lorenzo (El Escorial). This building is an old palace that today represents the splendor of the old Spanish monarchy. I ...
... description to use as the selling point.
Anyway, we had a wonderful day. The two big highlights were the Hall of Battles, a ridiculously big room with giant murals of important battles, and the library, complete with a ceiling full of knowledge, 40,000 books shelved backwards, and an astrological instrument where all of the stars revolve around the earth! It was a really cool library.
... but, in need of water, we head back up the hill to the Plaza Oriente and find a shop selling refreshments and fridge magnets. Result!
Next stop is the Mercado de San Miguel. Established in 1915 this temple de tapas is a bustling, fascinating place to grab a glass of wine and a small plate of patatas gratin, jamon tostada and queso y seva quiche, all of which we do, sadly missing out on the fabulous prawns, octopus, squid and razor clams ...