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Madrid

Madrid is a great place just to walk around. Look up! The tops of the buildings are beautiful as you can see by this example you pass when you walk from
the Plaza del Sol to the Prado Museum.

Madrid is urban. If you have never lived in an urban environment before, you may find it a bit jarring at first. At times it is difficult even to walk somewhere because the streets are so full of pedestrians and cars. Leave extra time when going places in case you get stuck in the foot-traffic.

A big part of life in Madrid, the capital of Spain, is manifestaciones or demonstrations. This one is at the Puerta del Sol; you can just make out in the treetops the "oso," the bear eating chestnuts from a tree, the symbol of Madrid. This demonstration is by survivors of the terrorist attacks of 11 March 2004.

You'll spend a lot of time walking towards these towers of the Instituto de San Isidro.
That's where your classes are held.

 

The entrance to San Isidro: We're through the gate, now it's down the gallery, through that door, turn left and go up several flights of stairs to your classroom. Bring some water with you!
Just steps away from the Colegiato de San Isidro, every Sunday morning you will find the Rastro, Madrid's world-famous flea market, heaven for shoppers and pickpockets alike. Look for bargains and hold on tight to your wallet.

 

 

People in Spain are Catholic and like big weddings. That's the conclusion you might draw, at least, from the great number of merchants selling religious goods and vestments and the many bridal shops.

A piece by Jacques Lipschitz in the Thyssen Museum.

A medieval Madonna in the National
Archaeological Museum

There are many museums to visit in Madrid. Check out the "Sitios de internet" page for links to get information. The Prado is one of the most important art museums in the world and contains works by Velázquez, el Bosco (Bosch) and Goya.

The National Archaeological Museum contains artifacts from a reproduction of the cave paintings at Altamira to medieval times. Of course, it also has the Dama de Elche.

The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Thyssen, the Instituto de Bellas Artes and the Museo Sorolla are all worth a trip.

 

the statue of Felipe III in the Plaza Mayor


flamenco dancers perform at a Madrid club


corrida de toros : Can you take it?


Ventas for the bullfights


You may have a chance to go to a corrida de toros at Ventas. It is sometimes referred to as a "bull-fight" but this is a misnomer. It is actually more like a ritual killing. The killing of the bull is a highly organized, cooperative process consisting of several stages: wounding the bull, tiring the bull and eventually executing the bull. It is not one man against one bull, but rather, a team of toreodors and matadors work together to kill the animal. It's dangerous and violent but highly stylized. The crowd respects bullfighters who don't show fear, who get close to the bull and who know their business and carry it out so skillfully that the bull does not suffer a long and painful death. Going to the bullfight is an interesting and memorable experience, but it is probably not for the squeamish. Vegetarians would most likely find it unpleasant. However, if you are a carnivore, you may wish to participate as a spectator in this skilled and aesthetically appointed ritual, a community confrontation with our need to take life to eat meat.


Retiro Park: it's the best free show in town

leche de pantera (panther's milk),
a 9 euro cocktail from Chapendaz bar, dispensed
from udders on the ceiling

statue in honor of Miguel de Cervantes

Palacio Real

In the same plaza in Madrid there are statues
to Calderón de la Barca and Federico García Lorca
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