Posada del Dragon (Madrid)
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... mañana, reflejé en todo lo que aprendí de este viaje.
Fue una experiencia que me ayudo, no solo en expandir mi conocimiento de
Madrid, de la historia de España, de arte, de la gente de España, o de la
cultural española, pero también de en expandir mi conocimiento de mi como
persona. Como un grupo no llevamos muy bien, voy a extrañar mucho a todos. Esta
noche será nuestra última cena ...
... of the Bridge of St Martin.
We entered the Jewish Quarter. Any Sephardic Jew has roots in Spain. We visited the oldest synagogue, that of St Mary the White. It was always the same pattern: Spanish first, then English and then vamos [let's go]. There was no time to appreciate places at one's own pace but that was the compromise of these trips.
The last stop was the Monastery of St John of the Kings. It is a functioning monastery, orange trees growing in ...
... jersey. By this time we were getting hungry and it was around 6 pm. We walked up into the plaza to find somewhere to eat although we knew our bill was going to be expensive because of our current location. I had a piña colada and Jackie had a mojito and we also got a medium sized pizza. Twenty-six euro! When we were finished eating we asked our waiter how to get to the road Santiago Bernabéu was on and he drew us a little map. So we went to the bathroom to put our jerseys on and ...
... there. The gate closed off the central part of the city from a road that was well known for having brothels. That way, when people looked back into the city, they would see a cross and be reminded of their sins.
Our next stop included talking about traditional architecture of the city and what the different types of buildings represented (who they were built by and when). We also saw a statue of a bear and a tree which is the symbol of Madrid. The bear was the symbol of ...
... an Egyptian Temple that was transported stone by stone to Madrid as a gift for Spain's assistance to Egypt in the late 1960s. Seems a bit out ofLace in Spain! We stop off for a light lunch and beer at a small cafe, then catch a train to Atocha station and figure out how to buy our tickets for a day trip to Toledo tomorrow. Then off to the Park Retiro, an enormous and very beautiful park in the centre of Madrid. Ron and I remembered ...