This past weekend, a few friends and I travelled to Madrid to explore Spain’s capital city. Despite planning the trip in about 3 days and the strike the bus company ALSA surprised us with, everything worked out perfectly, and although we were exhausted by the end, we managed to check everything we wanted to do off our list!
TO DO IN MADRID:
√ Watch the sunset and moonrise from the Templo de Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple that was rebuilt in Madrid in 1970.
√ See the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, lit up at night.
√ Eat late night churros con chocolate at a small cafe with pictures of Spanish celebrities plastered on every wall.
√ Visit Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in the city, which belonged to the Spanish monarchy until the late 19th century.
√ Sit in the rocking chairs at the Crystal Palace, which is made almost exclusively of glass and metal, under the sun.
√ Visit an outdoor book market just outside of Buen Retiro Park.
√ Visit the Madrid Botanical Gardens.
√ See the Puerta de Alcalá, the huge old gate to the city.
√ Go to El Rastro, the most popular open-air flea market in Madrid.
Whew! It was a big list, but we checked everything off. This weekend, I have a trip to Cabo de Gata, Spain’s largest coastal protected area, with my Mediterranean Ecosystems class, so stay tuned!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Hallie Bates, and I'm currently a junior at Bowdoin College in beautiful Brunswick, Maine. I'm an Anthropology major, Spanish minor, and am also pursuing a pre-health track in order to one day attend medical school. I love to run, and can't wait to explore the trails in Granada and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. I'm excited to get to know a new city from the inside out, and want to visit as many quirky coffee shops as possible, immersing myself in Spanish language, culture and cuisine.</span></p>