it’s almost 1am madrid time (almost 7pm EST) & i thought i’d sit down and write, not only because i want to keep y’all updated, but the longer i go without writing things down, particularly as they pertain to pictures, the more i’ll forget. and in fact, i’m already starting to. ha!
these past two days we’ve just gotten to know madrid, been to the church that the missionaries work with (we work with two married couples: scott & lorna muha and pete & sharon macmillan), and generally gotten situated.
besides a plane delayed by about half an hour, we didn’t have any issues traveling. praise God for that!
and now, without further ado, te presento a madrid.
these four towers are the modern symbol of the city:
just driving around the city.
the architecture is beautiful. we took pictures of pretty buildings as often as we took pictures of anything else.
we passed a zapatería (shoe store). and no, liz, i have not bought any pairs – yet. ;]
this is madrid’s city hall:
people just dress up in random costumes and wander the streets.
this is the point from which all roads in spain are measured. it’s called kilometer zero.
a plaque of gratitude for those who lent assistance to spain following the terrorist attack in 2004:
more pretty architecture
this is the plaza where, during the inquisition, heretics were brutally and publicly killed.
if you look closely, you can see scenes from the inquisition at the base of the lamp in the foreground.
yesterday, they were having a concert, which is why all the chairs are set out.
we went to this mercado (market). they sell produce and other foodstuffs: fruit, soup, barnacles.
yes, barnacles. as in, those things that cling to the bottom of boats. as in, to eat.
just the idea makes me shudder.
after that, we had ice cream, ate dinner, and went to sleep. we were exhausted. it was only 10pm when we went to bed and i thought about staying up to blog real quick, but then i decided i’d better get some good sleep first.
this morning we went to church – of which i have no pictures, so i’ll shoot for that next week (pun intended ;] ) – and after which we had a picnic outside.
then we toured madrid a little more. this is the train station:
we went to el prado, which is a museum on par with the louvre:
the museum is almost all if not entirely comprised of artwork. we weren’t there very long, because we got there just before closing, and i didn’t take pictures, but i recommend, whether you like art or not – for the record, i don’t very much – that you go if you ever have the chance.
this church was across the street and we decided we wanted to go inside:
it’s called parroquia de san jerónimo de real. it’s beautiful.
then we went to a nearby park.
it was very sunny and a little breezy.
there was a plaza de honduras! so of course las hondureñas got their picture taken with the sign.
we found a magnolia tree near the gate to the park as we were leaving.
this used to be the eastern gate of the city. also, that’s a taxi in the foreground.
you know, just in case the word “taxi” on top of the car was unclear.
and lest you think we’re really just here to sightsee, tomorrow we start teaching english!