I don’t really have many pictures from our final excursion on Sunday, so I thought I’d include some from our last weekend in Segovia!
Friday night we went to “botellón” and then to a couple of clubs with some Spanish friends of Shelby’s. I’ve learned that Spaniards love both hanging out in the streets and dancing all night long. I’ve definitely gotten used to the Spanish nightlife and schedule in general… it really fits my nocturnal personality 🙂
Saturday was basically a lazy day, homework and catching up with people back home. My three good friends from the program and I decided to go out for a Spanish dinner… aka we all got hamburgers. But there was wine, so that makes it a Spanish meal. Love these girls, and I’m so happy I met them here!
Sunday was our final excursion with AHA International. We headed to Madrid to see two art museums: Museo Reina Sofía and Museo Nacional del Prado. The Reina Sofía is more contemporary art, and houses some collections from Pablo Picasso (like the famous ‘Guernica’) and Salvador Dalí. The art professor at our school, Elena, gave us a tour of those exhibits and then we had time to explore on our own. Being my father’s daughter and the clumsy person that I am, I almost knocked over an art exhibit. Okay, well I kicked it a little. But in my defense, bowls of food coloring in a circle in the middle of the floor 1) do not count as art and 2) should have a rope around them or something.
After leaving the Reina Sofía, we had two free hours to explore some nearby areas of Madrid. We walked a ways and did some souvenir shopping in la Plaza Puerta del Sol. We witnessed our first protest here… people looked like they’ve had a camp set up there for days! There was another larger protest happening by the Museo del Prado while we were waiting in line to enter the museum. I definitely preferred the art in the Museo del Prado to the art in the Reina Sofía. We saw works by El Greco, Velázquez (Las Meninas), Goya (The 3rd of May), and Rembrandt. It was definitely a cultural day and really neat to see some famous works you’ve always heard about in school.
Now, to work on those two 5 page papers I’ve been procrastinating 🙂 Can’t believe the program is almost over! What an amazing summer it’s been!