Posada del Dragon (Madrid)
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... school on that Monday, with no special events. Here in Spain it is much different.
Columbus Day in Spain always falls on the 12th of October. If it is a weekday, you get that day off from school. This year it fell on a Sunday, so we weren't so lucky. Columbus Day in Spain is also a pretty big celebration. Our teacher told us about a parade that occurs on Paseo de la Castellana, which is one street over from where I live. I woke up early and met my friend Shannen as we ...
... far from all the touristy areas. I didn't put my ipod in because I was enjoying listening to the people talking and music blasting from the apartments above me. I decided to play a game with myself where I would pick a person, follow them for 4 or 5 minutes, and then pick a new person and follow them for another 5 minutes. I did this for about an hour and can't even tell you where I ended up. It was great.
I kept walking around and taking in ...
... we began to wonder what was going on, but were reassured by some sounds from within.....perhaps the delay was a slightly Spanish attention to timing. Eventually one of the Swiss bravely rang a little bell, whereupon a giant, bearded Spanish man opened the wooden door, and announced that the Monastery was closed until Sunday in preparation for Holy Week. Rats! We all dispersed, and I returned to the flat with the news.
Fortunately I had a Plan B....Liz and I ...
It was an IES guided tour to the Royal Palace today.
I honestly did not know what to expect going into the palace since the images I had of European palaces were mainly those of France and Italy.
The outside was pretty majestic and big and everything but the inside was more than anything that I had ...
... only way you can go on them is if you climb it on your knees as you pray. It was so interesting to watch.
Finally in Florence: Florence was absolutely gorgeous! It was a classier version of Rome and there was so many places to shop. We lived on this cute shopping street that was so close to the Duomo! It was too good to be true. Luckily, I had friends who had studied abroad in Florence so I had so many different suggestions for food. We ...