Travel Blogs from San Lorenzo de El Escorial
... night, probably better than a welcome reception anyway....got so see Madrid firsthand. There was a message waiting for me when I got back to the motel, Jorge had been looking for me, called him so all good and set to go at 8am in the morning. An interesting start to my 9 day Spanish Wonder tour with Trafalgar in that it hasn't really started yet LOL...tomorrow! I've taken some amazing pics of the centre of Madrid but they're on my camera, so you'll all just have to wait to see ...
... 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.
... br> although there was a guy (of course from the states) that woke up the hostel at 4:00 am with his sobbing (really there were tears and spit like a baby), yelling how he 'had been robbed and nobody in Spain seemed to care'. his last comment was 'i hate this country...i want to go home...i miss my mommy'. no, i added the mommy part, but god...how embarrassing. makes you kinda wish they did have more ...
... needs to pay for what happened. I have since met people who came to the event without tickets and just walked in, it appears the organisers were both naive and greedy. Respect to Steve Aoki for cancelling his gig in Bilbao the following night.
http://youtu.be/o-rpZOiafiY - video from the arena
I had a great Halloween but something like this is shows you how quickly things can change.