MADRID, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain
School: Cornell University
Where better to go than Madrid! One of my best friends, Saroja has been studying in Madrid this semester and it was so fun to catch up with her plus have a local expert to show me the city! And it was the weekend after her birthday, so we got to do some celebrating.
I arrived Thursday night, had a drink with Saroja, and then went to dinner at her homestay and met her adorable Spanish mother who cooked us some delicious empanadas. Qué ricas! Then it was off to the discotecas. Madrid has an incredible nightlife. It definitely wore me out this weekend, but it was a ton of fun!
A beautiful Chapel we visited where we ran into a wedding party outside
El Parque de Buen Retiro
Friday we gathered up as much energy as we could to do some sightseeing. Our first stop was El Parque de Buen Retiro, basically the “Central Park” of Madrid. We enjoyed seeing some of the gorgeous buildings and fountains in the park and people watching. We then headed over to El Museo del Prado, one of the most famous museums in Spain. It was overwhelming–we could have spent days in there without seeing everything! But one of the highlights was Velazquez’s “Las Meninas” which was pretty surreal seeing in person. That night we went out for a huge tapas dinner and later on to Kapital, Madrid’s infamous seven floor club. Each floor has a different theme from karaoke to hip hop and we had an incredible time dancing the whole night.
After squeezing in a few hours of sleep, we took advantage of my last day in Madrid and spent the day wandering the streets, visiting the Cathedral, and attempting to get into the Palacio Real (unfortunately it was roped off all day). We also found an incredible authentic Mexican restaurant and I finally had some guacamole (you have no idea how highly anticipated this discovery was). All in all a successful trip!
El Palacio Real being strictly guarded by a police officer
Back in Palma, today a few friends and I went to some beautiful cliffs called Porto Pi. The brave ones went cliff diving into the Meditteranean; I was more of a scared cat and climbed down the rocks and slid into the water. I did skin my knee and bear some battle scars from the rocks though!
And some of the gorgeous cliffs from today!
Definitely a weekend full of adventures!
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