Sightseeing in Madrid
My name is Zach, and I recently spent two weeks with Centro Mundo lengua as part of a trip organized by my school. We spent our first three days in Madrid sightseeing, learning about Spanish culture, and trying some very delicious Spanish cuisine. On the morning of day one, still tired and jetlagged from our long flight, we went to a famous restaurant in Madrid known for serving some of the best “chocolate con churros” that can be found in the city. Feeling slightly better after eating a delicious breakfast, we went to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, also known as the Spanish museum of modern art. There we saw the work of many modern Spanish artists, most notably paintings by Pablo Picasso such as “Guernica”, a large mural depicting a battle fought in northern Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Through the artwork we were able to learn much about the contemporary history of Spain, and our guide especially focused on famous artwork from the Spanish Civil War and the stories that these pieces of art told. Then, we visited the Palacio Real (Spanish Royal Palace), where we were able to see both stunning architecture and a vast collection of paintings and murals that had been commissioned and collected by Spanish royalty over the years. That evening we had a delicious seven course meal (Centro Mundo Lengua does a fantastic job with picking restaurants), that included breaded mushrooms, croquettas, steak, and some very tasty crème brulee.
On day two we visited the Museo del Prado, which is the Spanish museum of classical and pre-modern art. There we saw some of Spain´s best pre-20th century artwork, which included many paintings of Spain´s royal family along with many mythological and Biblical-themed works of art. Later that afternoon we took a relaxing trip to the Retiro Park where we went rowing on a lake, and then we were given time to shop for souvenirs before dinner. That night we partook of Spain´s classic seafood dish- Paella –and it did not disappoint. Finally, on day three we took a tour of Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the home of the legendary soccer club Real Madrid. We were able to step out onto the field and even see the players´ dressing rooms, which gave us many opportunities to take pictures of the stadium. That afternoon we took a train ride to Sevilla, thus ending our three days in Madrid.
Centro Mundo Lengua does an excellent job of planning the ideal trip itinerary. I felt like the schedule they provided for us contained the perfect balance of sightseeing activities, class work, and free time to shop for souvenirs. In my case, classes did not begin until my school group came to Sevilla, and so I did not describe the classes in the above paragraphs. However, I should mention that I found the Spanish classes in Sevilla to be very helpful and informative. I enjoyed my time with both my host family and the teachers at Centro Mundo Lengua. The staff makes a conscious effort to provide each student with a class that fits their level and that will be both helpful and challenging. Overall, my two weeks with Centro Mundo Lengua were a great experience that gave me a chance to experience Spanish culture and become a better speaker, and I highly recommend Centro Mundo Lengua.