The word of the day is art.

Monday was filled with two of the museums which make up what is called the Golden Mile here in Madrid. The Reina Sofia and The Thyssen Museum are two museums which house similar collections, but find a way to differ themselves immensely. The Reina Sofia houses the Modern Art collection of Madrid and up until the 90s, was a working hospital. The museum keeps on display one of the most important pieces of Pablo Picasso’s work, Guernica, which was his response to the bombings of Northern Spain by the state with the help of Germany and Italy. It was his submission to the World Exposition in Paris, France as he was chosen to represent Spain. The next museum, The Thyssen, houses one of the greatest collaborations of European art in Europe and possibly the world. They carry everything from medieval to modern and make an effort to guide the visitor through hundreds of years of Europe, just through their collection. Although it was a long day, we are a little bit more cultured, a little bit more educated, and just a little bit more aware.

When the sun sets, the girls head out

After an eventful day at the Museo de Prado and El Parque Retiro, the girls split up and did their own thing! Kiyomi and Olivia headed to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and watched the world famous rivalry between Real Madrid FC and CF Barcelona! Even though Real Madrid lost, it was an experience they for sure will never forget. Meanwhile, Susi and Carmen hit the town! They enjoyed dinner and watched the sports fans watching their beloved team on TV. Professor Rivera, Professor Farris and Savannah went out for a nice quiet dinner.

After the match, the girls met up and enjoyed the night life atmosphere of Madrid and how comfortable the city felt. All in all, we had an amazing time.

The first day is done…

We started our trip by hitting the ground running. It started with a train ride, dropping our things off at the hotel, and going out on the town! Bus rides, meals, walking tours, and just taking in the city.

All Aboard!

We are on our way to the airport and starting our journey of a lifetime. Professor Rivera had us envision what we want out of this trip– the conclusion was tapas, dancing, and sangria. We are leaving our families behind, promising them that we will be safe and we will soak up this opportunity!

Two Weeks and Counting…

Our trip to Spain is rapidly approaching. Spain has so much to offer us, the city of Madrid is our oyster! Let’s hope this trip brings us happiness, knowledge, and an experience we will never forget. Is everyone getting excited?