Loud Crazy Americans

Trip Start Jun 10, 2010
Trip End Jul 22, 2010

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Flag of Spain  , Madrid,
Friday, June 18, 2010

June 18th was our day to tour the Prado Museum. I had no idea how powerful art was until this day. I was so surprised how moved I was by this museum. After viewing the art and hearing about the history I gained so much appreciation for it. I just wish there were more English translations on the art so I could read more on my own the different meanings behind the art. When I return to Spain I will come back to this museum. After the museum we headed off to parliament, Congreso De Los Diputados. This was a neat tour. We were accompanied by another group of students from the Middle East. It was nice to get some other students with us, especially from another country. We were told a lot of information about the parliament. It was hard to remember all the information, but I did remember learning that it was Queen Isabel II that opened the Palace of the congress of Deputies on October 31st 1850. I thought this was interesting, showing how old the building is, and I think the tour guide said it was built over some sort of church that used to be there. I really liked the conference hall. On the ceiling there are paintings in each center piece of the wall representing a part of the world, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. I thought these were amazing paintings have. I felt very privileged to be able to go inside the sitting chamber. It had an important feel to it when we were in there.

After our visit to the parliament we had the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted. It was nice to go explore more of the town. Some of us went to go eat with our Professor Jennifer. It was nice to talk with her about her experience in Spain considering she was born and raised in the states and then moved to Madrid to live with her hubby Cesar. She had a lot of good information to share about having to transform and adapt to new home.

That night we all decided to go out and get crazy on the town. We pre – funked in our hotel rooms with sangria then made our way down town. This was a very fun and entertaining night. This is where we noticed that we were unfortunately the "loud Americans" that the whole world labels us as. We had a good time and got some locals to join us, but I did notice when we entered a bar we were the center of attention. I don't think we meant for this is happen, we were just so loud and singing with the music that people just watched us. If we were in the states I know we wouldn’t have looked loud and crazy, but in Madrid it is a lot more chill and less jumping up and down singing and laughing. It was fun! It was an experience that needed to happen not only for us, but for the lucky Spaniards that joined!
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