Experiences in Madrid and Toledo
After our long trip, we arrived in Madrid to sunny weather and friendly people. We were given free time to explore the city, and many of us chose to walk through El Retiro, an absolutely beautiful park in the city. The park was full of smiling people and the sound of saxophone music.
Then, because we were starving after our adventures, we searched for a place to eat. At a little café, we were able to try many local dishes. These included gazpacho, a cold tomato soup; fresh homemade bread; huevos rotos con jamón y patatas, fried eggs with ham and French fries; pan con jamón y brie, bread with ham and brie; paella, a seafood and rice dish; and many other delicious foods
We traveled an hour by bus to Toledo after spending two days in Madrid. In Toledo, our tour guide, Mario, showed us around his city, and we saw a church built by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. We also saw a synagogue built by the Moors for the Jews, which was eventually taken over by Christians. For lunch, we tried carcamusas, a traditional pork and tomato stew from Toledo. We had marzipan and ice cream for dessert before leaving for the hotel. After spending the afternoon at the pool, we met and discussed our homestays in Sevilla. The next morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel before driving six hours to Sevilla, our beautiful home for the next two weeks.
– The above post was contributed by Kimberly Jimenez and Montana Boone, who studied abroad with ISA High School in Sevilla, Spain in 2015. They visited Madrid and Toledo during an excursion during the first few days of their program.