Colorado College / Madrid / sophomore year / Spain / Summer / Travel

Day 29 in España – ¡vamos a Madrid!

So…

Today was an interesting day. We had to finish class early because we would be going to Madrid by bus at 2:30pm, so Sal ended class at around 1pm in order for us to have enough time to go home and grab our stuff (plus a quick lunch if any of us could eat that quickly). I made it back home by around 1:40 and had enough time to check my emails before grabbing my stuff and walking to our usual meeting point – the Colegio Fonseca. Pilar, my “madre española”, was nice enough to make some bocadillos (sandwiches) for my lunch – she even remembered that I enjoyed salami! The only downside was that she always puts butter in my sandwiches – even when they’re not toasted. It was a bit weird (I originally thought it was cheese) but I got used to it.

salami and cheese (w/ butter) sandwiches!

salami and cheese (w/ butter) sandwiches for lunch!

I made it there at around 2:20, and waited with the others for Luis to get there with our bus. As soon as we saw the familiar red “bug bus”, we immediately ran for the back seats (after dropping off our heavy bags in the compartment below the bus). We arrived in Salamanca at around 5:30pm, and we were given our room keys and time to explore before meeting up in the lobby at 8pm for a tour of Madrid.

the Petit Palace Londres hotel!

the Petit Palace Londres hotel!

room 418 baby!

room 418 baby!

I just stayed inside and took a short siesta because it was still insanely hot outside, and I didn´t want to have a headache while on tour with Rosanna and the rest of the class. We met up with Kathy and Rosanna at 8pm to take our tour of the city and we visited the Plaza del Sol (where the hotel we are staying in is located), the Plaza Mayor, and a couple more plazas.

statue of a horseman in the plaza!

statue of a horseman in the plaza!

"for whom the bell tolls..."

“for whom the bell tolls…”

Calderon de la Barca

Calderon de la Barca

La Iglesia de Santa Cruz

La Iglesia de Santa Cruz

The entrance!

The entrance!

On our way to the central market, we stopped by the Plaza Mayor and saw several artisans and craftsmen. We had fun watching the bubble man, and Cecilia even managed to create a bubble on her own! The tree man was quite interesting as well.

check out those bubbles!

check out those bubbles!

The Tree Man!

The Tree Man!

Kathy said that the central market was the best place for tapas, so after she and Rosanna showed us around the stalls many of us grabbed dinner there. I had some yummy meat barbecue, and a plate of delicious lasagna.

the sign!

the sign!

El Mercado de San Miguel

El Mercado de San Miguel

the entrance!

the entrance!

Jenna and I walked back to the hotel with a group of people who wanted to grab their wallets, and along the way we saw a theatre, a KFC branch, two floating men, and many yummy restaurants and bars – including a Ham Museum!

El Teatro

El Teatro

KFC in Madrid!

KFC in Madrid!

how does this even work?!

how does this even work?!

El Museo de Jamon!

El Museo de Jamon!

the menu!

the menu!

I spent the rest of the night reading Reliquary on my iPad before getting an early night. A lot of people decided to meet at the lobby at midnight to go out and have fun, but I think the heat (plus not drinking enough water) gave me a headache, so I wasn´t really in the mood for loud music. I ended up heading back outside to buy a Napolitana (pastry with chocolate spread inside that tastes a bit like Nutella) from Starbucks, and used the elevator to get to the 4th floor.

Napolitana (pastry, not an ice cream flavor)!

Napolitana (pastry, not an ice cream flavor)!

elevator, boo yeah!

elevator, boo yeah!

Tomorrow is a fun-filled day and I can’t wait to start visiting the museums in Madrid!

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