Toledo

Toledo is unbelievably gorgeous. Only God knows why King Philip moved the capital from here to Madrid (as much as I loved Madrid…). It’s like an ancient city, protected from all modernized architecture and gaudy neon advertisements. Everything is still built with the traditional stones and granite, and the old city is based on high ground because there used to be a moat protecting it. Here are a few pictures:

 


And a famous cathedral we went to…

If I were to study abroad again, I would most assuredly go to Toledo. It’s so enchanting.
Later on in the night, Brittany and I went out to eat and this is what the square looked like at night:
Looking forward to Barcelona tomorrow! (not so much to the 8 hour bus ride…)

Madrid- Seeing Saturn munch on his child

Madrid is just lovely. Everyone here dresses nicely, the weather is absolutely perfect, and every building looks historic and detailed. I haven’t seen anything tacky, even the McDonalds is fine dining compared to the US.

Today we went on an hour and a half walking tour of Madrid, then went to Museo del Prado. Hence, the title of this blog.

This was Plaza Real:

Plaza Real

“Calle de la pasa”– si no pasa, no se casa!

Basically this is the Century Tree of Spain. If you don’t walk down this street, you won’t get married. Needless to say, I ran up the parallel street to meet the group at the other end.

"Calle De La Pasa"We then went to a little cafe/panaderia to buy some empanadas. Yum.
Panaderia in MadridWell, I’m about to take a siesta, then later tonight I’ll probably go out with some new friends and get “tapas”.

Hasta la vista, Tejas

I intend to make these posts short and sweet.

Day 1- Salsa busted in my suitcase. Perfect. I’m also extremely jet-lagged.

Some random man commented on my “bootiful” eyes, which made up for the explosion of salsa.

But I DID get to see a protest right outside of my hotel. Epic.

Protest in Barcelona

I ate a Spanish “tortilla” (omelet) for dinner. But, I’m American, so I got hungry later in the night. McDonald’s chicken nuggets satisfied my craving… don’t judge. Here was an alley we walked down.

Alley in Madrid