It’s hard to believe that I’ve only been here more or less a week and a half now. Time is dragging but flying at the same time. It’s hard to explain how different life is here in Spain. People in general get up by 9am (though during the school week I wake up at 7:30), have lunch around 2:30, dinner at 9pm, and don’t really sleep until 1am or later. On weekends people don’t start to go out till 11 and are out till 4am or later. It is a very intense schedule and I haven’t fully adjusted to having such long days, but I’m getting better at it without having to take a siesta (which is not very practiced anymore).
The past few days have been comprised of visiting the Palacio Royal, the Templo Debos, and a Toreo. Included are a bunch of pictures with some description, BUT : If you are a whole hearted animal lover and hater of gore, weak of heart, or just don’t wish to see the pictures from the Toreo then please do not look at the last set of pictures.
In the Plaza de Oriente
Palacio Real, which cost too much money so I have decided to go at a later date when it is free.
Just a really pretty building... it probably is meant for something, but I have no idea.
The Templo Debos, a gift from Egypt to Spain for helping build a giant dam. It was moved from where it would have been flooded because of the dam to Madrid.
Same thing, but different angle.
Hieroglyphics inside the temple. Flash is not allowed, but cruddy lights could be turned on at the push of a button. Has to do with offerings to different gods.
Las Ventas arena for the Toreo
First everyone marched out and paraded a bit.
Then the matador would dodge the bull a few times and play around with him a bit.
The picadores would then stab the bull twice in the back with short spears.
The bañadores would attempt to stick in 6 striped rods into the bulls back, in sets of two.
The matador would then dodge the bull and try to get him to make multiple attempts in a small time, trying to get the bull to more or less run in circles around him.
A sword through the back and into the heart kills the bull, then a knife is used to sever the vertebrae at the neck and the body is dragged by some dressed up horses out of the arena.