Exploring Madrid


Hola everyone!

Well, in the last blog post I mentioned how I was going to visit Madrid this past weekend.  I just got back about 3 days ago and it was an awesome time!  Although I have been to Madrid in the past, this trip was definitely a new, unique experience.  I was shown around by my host brother and sister all of Saturday and Sunday!

My host sister and I left on Friday night (right after my evening class with a group of adults) and we went on a two hour bus ride to downtown Madrid.  We arrived late Friday night, so our adventure didn’t begin until Saturday morning.  We travelled through Madrid the entire day!  We left at 10 a.m., met up with my host brother, and began exploring the city.

On a boat!

We visited museums, parks, stores, plazas, and restaurants.  We even got to ride on a little paddle boat in one of the parks’ lakes.  We didn’t arrive home until about 2 a.m.!  Madrid is such a stunning city, and definitely an easy place to stay occupied.

On Sunday, my host parents traveled from Valladolid to meet up with us in Madrid.  We ate a delicious meal together; food very distinct to Madrid’s cuisine.  Afterwards, we walked around a bit more, and visited a building with a gorgeous view of the city.  There, we drank coffee, talked, and then traveled back to Valladolid.


View of Madrid.

Overall it was an incredible experience.  My host family was very generous to me and I am so glad I was able to be with them in Madrid!

Other than my trip to Madrid, teaching English continues to be a delight.  I find myself looking forward to seeing my students and teaching them the language.  Last week I did Easter activities with my classes and it was a lot of fun!  I even got to paint Easter Eggs with the two kids I teach in their home!  I also got to discuss the traditions of Semana Santa (Holy Week) with my adult classes.  They were able to inform me more about how each city in Spain celebrates it, since each city has its own distinct traditions when it comes to Semana Santa.


Making Easter Eggs!

Today (March 28) actually begins Semana Santa, so I will be having a little over a week break from teaching.  I am very excited because tomorrow I will be going to visit the host family that I lived with last year.  They live in a small town called Peralta, which is located in the Navarra region of Spain (very close to the city of Pamplona).  I will be able to see all of my friends and family members who I spent 11 months with!  I can’t wait!

I hope that everyone has a fantastic Easter and I will write as soon as I can!


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About the author


Hello everyone! My name is Dana Filsinger and I am from Jamestown. I'm currently an Individual Studies Major. I am about to embark on an incredible journey to Spain. While I am there, I will be an intern, assisting and conducting English-speaking classes. I will be living with a host family while I am there and I am looking forward to spending time with them and learning more about the Spanish culture.