Toledo & Madrid
june 29 – July 5
Monday in Madrid was so much. If you haven't figured it out by now, the party never stops in Madrid during the summer. How can it when there so many people from all of the world and so many great places to visit in the city? After class and dinner, a huge group of us went to Dubliners which was basically the go-to place for us. After a couple hours, we walked over to the most popular club on Mondays called Independencia. The place was so crowded and we lost each other multiple times. The club, like most clubs in Madrid, are averaged-sized, but filled with people from all over the world. While I was there I met a group of people from Mexico and a couple of other people from the United States. I finally left at around 5:30 in the morning, which is actually a pretty early time for the nightlife in Madrid. My walk to Sol and the Metro was probably one of the most interesting walks I've had. Even though it's just the beginning of the new day the city, it feels like the people never went to sleep.
Friday we traveled to Toledo. We took a long through the city that was very interesting. There is a lot of history in the city, but there aren't many people. I think it's probably because Toledo is so much hotter than Madrid. For lunch, my friends and I went La Abadía. We took forever to find it because we got lost along the way. When we finally found it, we were so relieved. After a lot of sangria and deserts, we walked over to la Plaza Zocodover and la Confitería Santo Tomé, a famous pastry shop in Toledo. The pastries were amazing there. Later at night, a few of us went out to find a famous club called el Círculo del Arte but unfortunately it was closed! Instead we sat down in a bar across the street to talk before we finally went back to the school we were staying at.
Saturday we traveled through La Mancha and followed Don Quixote's route to see small towns, churches, windmills, and beautiful alcazars. We visit an old Plaza Mayor in Tembleque and learned about windmill technology. After traveling around La Mancha, we returned to Madrid. We arrived around mid-afternoon, and the first thing I did when I got back was take a nap. Later, a few of us went to Dubliners to celebrate The Fourth of July but honestly we didn't do much because we were so exhausted from Toledo.
Sunday I got up early to meet up with my friends at the metro stop close to our school. We walked from there to the metro museum in a closed metro station. It was closed in 1966 by the metro bosses because the station was on a curve and couldn't accommodate addition metro cars in the station. In 2006, it was opened again by historians and turned into a museum. The museum is kind of spooky because it's left in its original 1960s condition, and the trains pass by speeding along between the active stations. After, we went to la Chocoletería Santo Gines. It's said that they have the best churros in the city, and they were pretty wonderful. Later, we went to la Plaza Mayor and el Mercado de San Miguel. At the market, we all bought things to try while we walked around the city. Then we left for Tierra. Tierra is basically the Madrid version of Chipotle. After we ate there, we all went back to our host families. Around 11:30pm we went back la Chocoletería Santo Gines because they were so great and then went to a bar for sangria. We ended our night early at around one to catch the metro back.