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Madrid Travel Blog

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Arrival at the Madrid airport...

First off, I´ll apologize for not putting any pictures up. Once I can find an internet hookup for my computer instead of having to use an internet cafe, I´ll be sure to upload some (don´t worry, I´m taking plenty).

I´ll keep this short for now since I´m on the clock. We landed in Madrid at around 9:00 AM yesterday. After an hour long bus ride to the hotel, we dropped off our luggage and began a brief walking tour of the city. Our hotel is on Gran Via, which is the 5th Avenue of Madrid, so we are pretty central to the rest of the city. The first day we mostly saw landmarks from the older section of the city (Plaza Mayor, some palace I forgot the name of). We were left to explore the city for the remainder of the day, so myself, Allison, Andy, and Lauren sat down for lunch and explored a little more on our way back to the hotel.

Statue in the Puerto del Sol in Madrid
That night, we checked out a couple bars and clubs next to the hotel, which were pretty basic.

This morning, we had our first lecture before we set off to visit the Prado. It´s hard to quantify so much after seeing one museum, but I was amazed at the body of work they had there. The main galleries featured Francisco Goya, Peter Paul Reubens, Hieronymous Bosch, and Diego Velasquez, among others. I could have easily spent 4 or 5 hours there, so it was tough having to pull myself away after just 2 hours. After a relaxing nap, we went out for dinner at Plaza Mayor, which was a wonderful setting for the meal. Tonight should be another fun night on the town, so I must leave to get ready. More and longer updates to come soon!

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Arrival at the Madrid airport...
Arrival at the Madrid airport...
Statue in the Puerto del Sol in Ma…
Statue in the Puerto del Sol in M…
A statue of the symbol of Madrid (…
A statue of the symbol of Madrid …
A look down the Gran Via from our …
A look down the Gran Via from our…
Me, Telleen, and Callaghan on our …
Me, Telleen, and Callaghan on our…
The Prado
The Prado
Statue outside the botanical garde…
Statue outside the botanical gard…
Allison is very excited about some…
Allison is very excited about som…
Kapital discoteque
Kapital discoteque
Lasers!
Lasers!
Sculpture at the Reina Sophia
Sculpture at the Reina Sophia
Lake in the Retiro Park
Lake in the Retiro Park
Puerta de Acala
Puerta de Acala
Palacio de Comunicaciones
Palacio de Comunicaciones
Madrid
photo by: vulindlela