¡La Reina Sofia, La Puerta de Alcalá y más!

¡La Reina Sofia, La Puerta de Alcalá y más!

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el miércoles 1-7-15 18.00h (Wednesday, 7-1-15, 6pm)

Hello family and friends!

Here are some of our adventures over the last several days!

Friday we visited La Reina Sofia which, besides the Prado, is another famous museum in Madrid. La Reina Sofia is most well-known for housing Picasso's infamous Guernica, which depicts the violence, suffering and chaos as a result of the bombing of Guernica. We were allowed to take photos everywhere in the museum except for at the Guernica, so sadly, no pics. However, many of us were able to purchase postcards and poster replicas in the museum gift shop. Being able to see such a historical and significant painting up close and personal was impressionable. I personally felt overwhelmed by its size (I didn't know it was so tall!) and detail. There is so much going on in the painting that your eye frantically searches around the painting for meaning and reason. As is the Picasso style, this can be hard to find! 

The same day we walked through Madrid and got to see la Puerta de Alcalá, one of the historic and momumental ports to the city. It too is impressionable and serves as a hub for car traffic in and out of the city, shops and cafés. 

The past weekend was spent with host families before we reunited again on Monday, when we visited la Gran Vía, a main street in the city with exceptional shopping. On Tuesday, we took a paseo through the Barrio de las Letras where we got to see the houses that famous writers once lived in, such as Cervantes and Vega. We ventured into la Plaza Mayor where we tried bocadillos de calamares, a popular hoagie sandwich filled with fried squid rings. We ended up at la Puerta del Sol, another shopping center, where most of us were able to get souvenir shopping done. Today, Wednesday, students had Spanish grammar class and received information on Toledo, which we are visiting all day tomorrow. More to come (as well as photos)!

¡Un abrazo!