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Street Art

A walk through the neighborhood Lavapies to see the street art that the area is known forIMG_5421_2The following pieces are all part of a festival the city put on last year to celebrate well known street artists and to provide a legal place for them to do their work IMG_5422 IMG_5423_2 IMG_5424_2 IMG_5425_2 IMG_5428 IMG_5429_2

Esta es una plaza

“Esta es una plaza” translates literally to “this is a square.”IMG_5417This plaza is surrounded by a wall, and is abandoned. Now, it is used for a garden space,IMG_5420and a space for people to relax. IMG_5418_2Some street artists have also made it their home.IMG_5419This one in particular is a commentary on the political scene in Spain. The bear with the tree is a famous statue in Madrid, and represents the city.

Halloween!

Halloween has slowly been adopted into the Spanish culture under the name Jalogüín. It still doesn’t quite look like Halloween in the states, but people still dress up! Sadly there is not much trick-o-treating that goes on. In Alcalá, there is a zombie march that happens instead.12189241_1084415341570412_3789652776839618362_oSome choose to dress up as zombies, and they go all out. The rest of the city comes to watch! We walked all the way down the main street (calle Mayor) to the main plaza (Plaza Cervantes). There were a TON of people, and with some pretty crazy makeup, and there were bands playing on the sides!IMG_5396_2 12191803_10153009872425666_6885901553827854988_nOur zombie costumes did not measure up. Fun night!

Teleférico de Madrid

Cable car tour of Madrid!IMG_5379 IMG_5380Some goofballs in a cable car IMG_5382 IMG_5383 IMG_5386We also found an amusement park near the cable cars that appeared to be celebrating Halloween

Feria de Vino en Alcalá

Alcalá has a yearly wine fair in which they bring in local wines to the city center for everyone to try. You also get your own cup!IMG_5370 IMG_5371 IMG_5373

Temple of Debod

This is an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and sent to Spain as a thank you for their previous help in saving other temples.IMG_5364And it had a view! IMG_5365The temple was this week’s classroom for Sketchbook IMG_5366 IMG_5367 IMG_5368

Granada/Córdoba

This weekend, the program took us all to the south of Spain!IMG_5312

IMG_5314Streets of Córdoba IMG_5352The Cathedral in Córdoba that used to be a Mosque. Now it’s called the “catedral o antigua mesquita” or the “cathedral or old mosque”IMG_5355Inside the CathedralIMG_5321Granada skyline IMG_5324The Alhambra, a famous “city inside a city” in Granada. Palace, gardens etcIMG_5348 IMG_5335Gardens of the Alhambra

Weekend in Copenhagen

The famous canal in the center of the cityIMG_5265 IMG_5266There were also trampolines next to the canal! Even Danes jumped on them on their way through, not just a tourist thing. IMG_5272 IMG_5273The penguins (ducks?) stand guard over the entrance to Paper Island, a street food market in Copenhagen IMG_5282Inside of Paper Island IMG_5283

Tour of Medieval Madrid

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The oldest restaurant in Europe

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Plaza where the old wall surrounding Madrid ran throughIMG_5262

Palacio Real de Madrid

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Hiking!!!

IMG_5247The view from the mountain outside of Alcalá! The city is relatively small (about the size of Saratoga) so we could see the whole thing from the top.  IMG_5259We thought climbing to the edge of the cliff and almost getting blown over by the wind was smart IMG_5260The group! Most of the students in AlcaláIMG_5253Instead of going back down the path, we went trailblazing

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