Today was so fun! We spent the whole day in Madrid. We saw: La Chocolatería de San Gines, El Puerto del Sol, El Plaza Mayor, La Puerta de Alcalá, El Fuente de Cibeles, el Museo del Prado, el Parque del Buen Retiro, y el Mercado de San Miguel (plus a restaurant named Nebraska!)
Also, I keep switching back and forth between Spanish and English… so basically I speak English to the natives and Spanish to my mom and Sarah. Oops.
We still have no luggage and we’re moving to Barcelona via a long bus ride tomorrow, so I hope that our clothes get here soon.
For dinner tonight, we’re going to explore Alcalá de Henares (the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes).
Here’s an extended version of what we did today:
Breakfast at La Chocolatería San Gines- A tiny little restaurant that serves chocolate con churros. Basically “hot chocolate” (a mug of straight melted chocolate) and churros to dip in them. It’s a typical Spanish breakfast and VERY delicious.
Wandering around el Puerto del Sol and shopping, watching street performers, and interacting with Spanish speakers was an adventure.
We LOVED lunch at el Mercado de San Miguel. It’s basically a giant open air market with every type of food and drink from all over Spain. So crowded and so fun.
Once we were tired of wandering after lunch, we came across a restaurant called Nebraska and went in for a few drinks. The waiter was very friendly and complimented me on my Spanish, which made me happy. :)
We continued exploring and stopped by el Museo del Prado. It was awesome to see all of the masterpieces by Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rafael, Velázquez, and Ruben.
We wandered over the the Fuente de Cibeles and checked out the Puerta de Alcalá. We also made a quick walk through the Parque del Buen Retiro and watched a street performer doing fútbol tricks.
We made it back to our hotel in enough time that we could still use the Metro (yay!) and grabbed dinner at a bar near our hotel.
Overall, it has been a good day. We’re headed to bed around 12:30 so we can be up early for breakfast and the bus to Barcelona!