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Hola from Madrid! – On Tour Backpack Spain & Portugal

Hola from Madrid!

We have had 3 full days of sightseeing and activities and we have been able to experience so much of the capital.  Although Taylor has become our “go to” translator with her amazing Spanish speaking skills, many of us have been practicing ordering food, asking questions and speaking the native language more and more!

During our opening night dinner, we had an array of tapas and Spanish culinary specialties in the Meson.  Our first day of orientation was capped off by the internationally known San Gines Chocalatier where we dipped hot, fresh churros in melted chocolate.

From the elegant Royal Palace to the majestic Cathedral of Toledo, we began our trip with some fascinating historical and artistic experiences.  We moved through the bustling city by the efficient metro system.  The Prado museum had so many works of art to admire and the Royal Palace proved that “it is good to be the king”. Our hotel was steps away from the Plaza de Sol and on the main avenue of Madrid – Gran Via.  We traveled to El Retiro Park for a rowboat ride around the lake.  We also stopped in to see the many talents of Spain’s street performers including our favorite, an incredible musical and acrobatic street skating show! We danced along on the metro to the local singing and maracas performers hopping on and off the trains, performing Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando”.  A few of our students are big soccer fans so we planned a spontaneous visit to check out the epic Real Madrid stadium! Along with dinners and the busy Plaza Mayor, we were captivated at El Restaurante La Favorita by their delicious paella and remarkable opera singers.OT Backpack Spain & Portugal in Madrid

​We said goodbye to Madrid, put on our backpacks and continued our adventure through Spain with a train ride through the countryside.  Salamanca, here we come!

Hasta Luego!

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