Exploring Madrid with Salamanca 3

Hello family and friends of Salamanca 3 students,

This is Jennifer writing, the U.S. chaperone for the group. I work together with Ana, my Spanish counterpart, to make sure the students have a fantastic trip! Our wonderful group of ten students all spent a whirlwind couple of days in Madrid enjoying the sights, while catching up on sleep after the long flight.

First day in Madrid

Our first day in the capital took us to the Real Madrid soccer stadium to the view the grounds of this world class soccer team. We got to see a lot behind the scenes, from the locker rooms and numerous trophies to stepping onto the actual playing field.  That night we toasted to our trip together in Spain over a delicious tapas dinner featuring local specialties: tortilla de patatas, jamon serrano, calamares, and queso manchego, to name a few. ¡Delicioso!

Visiting El Prado and Retiro Park

The following day we headed out for a day of art and cultural. We started the day at El Prado museum with a guided tour highlighting the art of Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya. We then took a stroll through El Retiro Park and then the students went out in groups for lunch, practicing their ordering skills in Spanish. The next visit was to the Reina Sofia Museum with another favorite tour guide, who brought to life the works of Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. We also learned in depth the meaning behind Pablo Picasso’s striking piece “Guernika.”

First days in Salamanca

After some free time Sunday morning for exploring, we packed up and left Madrid to head towards Salamanca, our host town of the next two weeks. We made a visit to the walled city of Avila, where students were able to explore and enjoy this very charming historic city. Next stop was Salamanca, where students were met by their host families who took them home to get settled in, have dinner, and to get ready for Monday morning Spanish classes. Monday students met up with their Language Partners (local university students) for continued conversation practice and to learn more about life here in Salamanca.

We have much planned for the students, and I will write again soon with more details!

¡Hasta pronto!

– Jennifer, U.S. chaperone, Salamanca 3

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