So, my ridiculously long spring break was graced by a visit from AUNT SUSAN!!! Aunt Susan and I always do really fun stuff together.. she’s always taken me to Broadway shows, on shopping sprees, out to dinner in the city, had me sleepover for weekends, etc. So, the Sunday that I returned to Madrid from Mallorca, Aunt Susan was already there waiting for me!
I went home quickly, threw down my stuff, and packed more stuff to go meet her at her hotel, where I stayed with her for the week. We didn’t waste any time that day. We went for a nice walk, and then ended up taking the metro to Las Ventas, where the famous Madrid bullfighting ring is. It was a beautiful day, and we ended up getting tickets to see the 6:00 corrida de toros that night. We walked around the area, where there were a bunch of street vendors selling bullfighting souvenirs, and Aunt Susan did some shopping, as per usual ;) We sat down to eat something before the show and ended up having falafel - SO GOOD! Side note: while we were sitting outside eating falafel, I ran into Andrew Stern, Eric Lee, and a bunch of their other friends. We were soo confused haha. The boys are studying in London this semester, so they were in Madrid for their spring break and actually going to the same fight that we were. Soo good to see them, though! We had really good seats at the fight (in the sun:), enjoyed it.. even though it was really sad :(, and learned a lot about the art of bullfighting in Spain. It really is so strange.. there’s so much.. calculation(?) behind it. We felt soo terrible for the poor bulls, though :( For some reason they killed so many.. more than usual. But after the fight we headed back to our area on the metro, and just went back to the hotel because we were both exhausted. Aunt Susan surprisingly wasn’t so terribly jetlagged - go her! But we both did need to get a good night’s sleep that night.
The next morning we woke up, had breakfast and coffee, and headed to SOL! I love Sol! .. who doesn’t?! It was a beautiful, sunny day, naturally, and we walked all around Sol, went on a tour of the Royal Palace (complete with the audio guide haha), saw the Cathedral, the Royal Armory, the Royal Farmacía, the Plaza Mayor, and many other things. Aunt Susan also did some shopping - yay! And we rewarded ourselves with churros con chocolate y cafés con leche at CHOCOLATERIA DE SAN GINES — only the best<3 After a long day, we headed back to our ‘hood,’ or should I say barrio, and got dinner and went to sleep.
Tuesday we woke up bright and early and took the metro to a bus station to go to Segovia! Segovia was definitely one of my favorite places to see in Spain, so I felt like that was definitely a place to go with Aunt Susan. We got off the bus and stopped for breakfast - typical: cappuccinos, pinchos de tortilla, and some kind of weird pork crunchy things… since suckling pig is a huge deal in Segovia. We were kind of nauseous the rest of the day after the pork..things.. haha. We saw the Aqueduct of Segovia, got to walk through all the old, pretty streets, saw the Plaza Mayor, went inside the Cathedral, and took a tour of the Alcázar, or castle (complete with audio guide). We had a delicious lunch and dessert, too. Later that afternoon we headed back to Madrid, went back to the hotel, and then had dinner.
Wednesday we went to the Museo del Prado and I taught Aunt Susan EVERYTHING I know about that place haha. The time I spent at the Prado and in the class all semester finally paid off for something. Later that night was the best! We went to dinner & a flamenco show at El Corral de La Morería, which is the best flamenco venue in Madrid. We had a deeeelicious dinner - shrimp, paella, dessert, sangria, and the show was amazing — and so long (in a good way haha). Normally flamenco shows aren’t more than a half hour or so, like the one I saw with my friends in Barcelona, since the dancing is so intense and exhausting, but this show was an hour and a half, maybe more?, and had about 5 or 6 female dancers, and 6 or so men singing and playing the Spanish guitar — WHICH I LOVE.
Thursday we went to the Reina Sofia, and went back to Sol and did some more shopping, walking around, and churro eating! We were so exhausted by Thursday, and it was also our last night, but we were too tired to leave the hotel for dinner. We ended up eating dinner at a restaurant in our hotel, which was delicious, drank some really good white wine, and called it a night. That was also our last night :(
The next morning, we had breakfast and got all ready to check out of the hotel. We left Aunt Susan’s luggage in storage in the hotel, and headed out. We also made a stop at my house, and Aunt Susan got to meet Mina in all her loveliness haha. She was trying to force food on us, of course, and wouldn’t understand the fact that we couldn’t sit and stay for very long because we had to get her to the airport for her afternoon flight. We finally got out of there, and headed to the airport. I left her at security, since I wasn’t allowed to go any further, and that was it. I missed her right away! We had so much fun! She gets an award for being soo cool.. and for enduring 6 days jam-packed with activity.. and lots of walking.. and Spanish food, as well as language!
GREAT WEEK, I can’t thank her enough<3 :) xoxo
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