Madrid is beautiful, it doesn’t compare to anything I’ve ever seen before. The history, the culture, everything is so rich. The first day in Madrid we had a bus tour of the city. The drive from the airport to the city was dark—the sun didn’t rise until 8:30 a.m.! The one monument that stuck out to me was the Puerta de Alcalá. It was inaugurated in 1778!!
We also visited the Museo del Prado, which holds thousands of gorgeous paintings dating from the 12th through 19th centuries. This is also home to many Francisco Goya paintings. Our guide made a special point of showing us paintings with mythological themes. We then ate at our teacher’s favorite tapas bar: 100 Montaditas.Bellies full, we checked into the lovely Hotel Regente; the rooms are beautiful, with amazing views of the city! After we all freshened up we went to dinner at this little restaurant: La Taurina! We sampled calamari, breaded mushrooms, and stuffed peppers. Rounding out the meal was a brownie with dulce de leche ice cream!
We’ve been assigned a scavenger hunt to complete while we’re in the country. It consists of learning about Spanish monuments, traditions, and history. We are keeping our eyes and ears out for any answers to these questions!