01.08.2013 - 04.08.2013
Soaking in my surroundings so much that I feel like I live here! Kinda weird! I feel like I should be going to work or school in the morning
But instead I am having a fabulous time enjoying the sights/architecture, culture, food, learning & growing from this experience is my full time job! Lets go!
So I left you in the zoo & aquarium, (forgot to include baby elephant pic)
come out of the Spanish sun & get into the heat of what is a flamenco show! Yes, I know we saw one in Malaga! But this one couldn't be the same! It DID NOT disappoint! In addition to the singer, percussionist & guitar player, there were 4 dancers in this performance. Two lovely ladies ,
a long-haired gentleman & an older gentleman that came out of the wood work! It seemed like everyone was surprised to see him on stage! He broke it down & it was a sight to see! GREAT entertainment from beginning to end! I love how the singers & dancers can be so free to feel & show their raw passion & not care about what people think! Each dancer did at least 1 individual dance, then the ladies had their moment. Then just when we think it can't get any better, its time for the fabulous finale! All performers stand in a semi-circle & 1 by 1 each dancer goes in the middle trying to outdo the one before. This is so fun to watch because you can tell it is not fake. Out of nowhere, this guy comes on stage in his street clothes & performs! He was seen talking to the dancers so maybe he's a friend, sibling or choreographer. The fact that his hair was so silky smooth & cut, had on trendy sandals --I couldn't understand why he didn't' have a belt on! Sorry, no pic!
The flamenco dancer on my arm & I took pics with the feisty flamenco dancers
So now we will balance the intensity of the show & slow down...let's go to a museum El Museo de Reina Sofia to be exact, is the national museum of 20th century art & is named after the Queen of Spain. In addition to the multitude of Spanish artists & a few others- its highlighted works of art belong to Pablo Picasso & Salvador Dalí. Most notably, Picasso's "Guernica" lives here. I am sorry for I could not take a picture of this piece. But you should definitely Google it. Like every other museum, there was a staff member in each room of art ensuring no pictures were taken. This piece is HUGE & had 2 staff members on each side guarding it. Though I did ACCIDENTALLY (of course), get some pictures of Dalí's thought provoking pieces - -
before I got caught. I was tazed, thrown to the floor & handcuffed. I am writing this from the 'yard' in jail. Today was an interesting day for I had to shank someone...
Ha! Just kidding! Just keeping ya on your toes
The museum was an 18th century hospital & is an interesting building to walk through, around & especially take one of its glass outdoor elevators.
Also a nice garden in the center of the building. Some very beautiful & cool pieces here but then some stuff I wouldn't consider art like...
Now that we're relaxed, let's get back to hitting the pavement. Onto Retiro Park & Lake...
As I was exploring the streets of Madrid, I stumbled upon a beautiful entranceway. I have learned that you must explore since you can't be sure if its a noteworthy place. And so I walk through & am glad I did! Well turns out iI was in 'The Park of Pleasant Retreat'. It is the largest park in Madrid, which belonged to Spanish monarchs until the 19th century. Marvelous statues & monuments, & a little lake to boot.
I walked & walked & stumbled into more beauty...
Now for some craziness! La Torre de Oro (The Golden Tower) is a famous & popular bar located in the Plaza Mayor. It is famous because their are a couple of mounted bull heads in this tiny bar along with bullfighting memorabilia. There is a glass case filled with the costume of a matador. There are also tons of pictures on the walls regarding bullfighters, celebrities that have entered & some CRAZY & GRAPHIC pictures of a bull fight in action! >If you DO NOT WANT to see the picture of a bloodied bull lunging its horn into the matador's face, SCROLL THROUGH NOW! I could not believe this! AND because I had to know more, I found out that the guy is ALIVE! He comes in occasionally...
>VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED! <
So there just happened to be a Flamenco Festival happening at the theater next door to me. Turns out it wasn't a festival but more like series of performances for the month of August.
I am beyond thrilled that I took a chance & went to this by myself. And so now we are seeing our 3rd flamenco performance & guess what? This one was also similar but different! This one had castanets, finger snapping, dance offs between 2 dancers, & duo performances!
So much passion, the dancer's hair came out of its very beautiful ponytail/wrap & her barrette came flying onto the stage! LOVE!! Couldn't take pictures in this show...
Onto the next chapter of this journey, for it is 11:46pm right now & I am picking Matt (I mean Mateo) up at the airport tomorrow 8:15a :-)
Now I get the pleasure of being his Spanish travel guide!
Here's to starting a new journey together!
(See you soon!)