“Nos vemos mañana,” said my professor to us as he left. And there we were - a group of confused college students ready to take on Madrid by ourselves for the night.
Indeed it was. But, we didn’t go straight to the fiestas. After studying “El Greco” and “Velázquez”, my Spanish class first went to the Museo del Prado (an art museum). It’s impressive how artists make their paintings so meaningful. If you think you know what a painting means, I learned, look again. There’s even a reason behind what shade of green an artist choses.
Then, after checking into our hostel (which, thankfully, wasn’t as sketchy as it could’ve been), we changed, explored the city, and met up with our friends. Following any sense of direction we had, we then went to “Kapital”: the biggest club in Madrid.
I always thought the clubs you saw on TV were overrated, until we got to the inside of this one. Flashing lights; a stage and balcony with dancers; and six stories, each with their own individually themed music: epic. Latino music, hip-hop, and R&B drew me to the second and third floor; and when I wanted to get a cool breeze and see the moon, I went to the roofless top floor. I’d never seen anything like this in my entire life.
After hours of dancing, we headed back to the hostel and quickly fell asleep. The fun times didn’t end then, though! The next morning, on Saturday, we headed to “El Palacio Real”. The immense amount of gold, countless number of paintings, intricate statues, and more made this palace nothing short of stunning. No wondering it took over 20 years to build it.
After touring this phenomenal building, we got a tour of the city and then had some free time to hang out in Madrid. Their H&M was awesome; I couldn’t resist from buying something! Looking back, this weekend was definitely a great one. Let’s see if the next two can match it!