Domingo de gloria

Christine:

Today is January 12th of 2020 and it has been one of the best days ever! My host sister, Alba, and I went to so many beautiful places in Madrid! We first started our morning by going to a local cafe. In this cafe, Alba and I ordered some sandwiches with Spanish ham: a whole new experience for me. It was amazing. 
We then went to the main plaza to go shopping for around two hours. After that, we had lunch at around two pm. For this meal, we had the Spanish omelet (my new favorite dish) which has patatas in it! Next, we walked around the street for around another thirty minutes. 
We then took a taxi to the Royal Palace de Madrid — which Alba has never been to either. The palace was one of the most beautiful architectures I have ever seen in my whole entire life. We not only took so many photos but also took everything into our eyes. The ceilings were carved and decorated with gold images and the chandeliers were glossy and glittery just as if they were stars. 
At the end of the day, Alba and I got a taxi back to her casa and worked on our homework for a while. We then had dinner at nine pm and watched TV for a bit as we talked about our interests and programs like the TIE certificate.
I am enjoying all aspects of this trip — even though I am still quite jetlagged because I came straight from Korea on the 11th — and definitely do not want to leave this place 🙁 Love españa and love intermission!!

Jolie: Today I went to El Escorial with my host student. El Escorial is a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university, school and hospital and was an old royal Spanish place. There were many beautiful artworks there but unfortunately, we were not able to take pictures of them. The artworks were very colorful despite being there for so many years. It was cold inside and outside the buildings. After that, we had lunch. One of the dishes we ordered that I really liked was called La Berenjena. It was fried eggplant with sweet brown sugar sauce and it was delicious! At night, I went ice skating with my host student, Julia, Kaitlin, and their host students. We skated for around an hour and then had dinner. 

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