We made it! I am writing to you from my hotel lobby, just down the street from Plaza Mayor. Can you believe it? I can’t! I have strict instructions from the program directors not to spend my time here cooped up at the hotel, so I’m going to have to keep this short.
Our journey to Spain was semi-disastrous. We missed our flight to London, got rebooked for a flight that was delayed, and when we arrived in Madrid, our luggage did not. We still don’t have it unfortunately. The day we flew into London, they got 16 inches of snow and grounded most flights, so the fact that we were even able to leave was miraculous. Most of the 50-some students in the program didn’t get here until almost a day later than scheduled due to delayed and cancelled flights in London. Also, almost everyone’s luggage is lost. As if a huge group of Americans isn’t conspicuous enough, we are all gallivanting around one of Europe’s finest cities in the same clothes we wore on the plane. It’s quite a sight to see!
But hey…we’re in SPAIN! Things really aren’t that bad!
We spent our first full day here touring two amazing museums–Museo del Prado y Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. We saw the famous painting “Las Meninas” as well as a lot of Picasso’s work. I’ve never been very into art, but yesterday changed that. I think it’s a combination of two things: an appreciation for art that comes more naturally as you gain maturity, and the fact that our tour guide, Rosa, was BOMB. She loves her job, and explains the art with great enthusiasm. It was an awesome time.
Other than that I’ve just been exploring the city with the other students, practicing my Spanish, and sleeping odd hours. Tomorrow we venture to Toledo (hooray!), and Sunday to Getxo to move into our apartments!
I have taken a few pictures that really don’t do Madrid much justice, but I’ve posted them anyway. I will be taking more tomorrow after we return from Toledo, so look for those in a few days! Here’s the link: