Madrid, Spain! So with a free weekend, my roommate and I decided to go and visit a really good friend and recent HC grad, who’s studying for her Masters in Spanish.
We had a great time. Our first cultural experience was visiting the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum. I had read that this museum had some really great works by the Impressionists, Expressionists, Fauve, and Post-Impressionists, so it really was a must see for me. I kept looking at some of the works thinking that their might be a Roderic O’Conor (my favorite Irish painter) in there, but I’ll just go to Ireland’s National Gallery again.
After that museum, we strolled along in the city, window-shopping, and wound up in a Mexican restaurant for lunch- it’s my favorite food- something you can’t always get in Ireland- and funny that we wound up at a Mexican place in Spain. Next stop was the Retiro Garden and along the way we saw the Opera House and Spanish Palace.
The next day we went on the free walking tour of Spain- which was fabulous! We saw all the sites and learned some of the history. What was even funnier? Our tour guide was a recent grad of Trinity College!!!! Small world, huh? It was hilarious and during our tapas tasting, we talked about Trinity and places we hang out in Dublin. We also visited the Museo del Prado and bought a few Spanish foods for lunch- empanadas and croquettas. One of our last stops was “El Rastro” which is a HUGE flea market- where a few souvenirs and gifts were bought. Our last night we explored the city with my friend and her Spanish friend who showed us the best tapas places. Olé!