Thank you for the amazing trip to Spain! The first day that I arrived I took the AVE, Spain's fastest train, to Valencia where I visited a 16th century castle! Fernando, my host father, told me about the battles of the castle, showed me specific bullet holes and also cannon holes in the brick! After the castle, we went to the Denia beach where I got to hold an octopus and sea urchin for the very first time. The next day we took a one hour car trip to a water park called Aqualandia. I went on a slide called Vertigo, were the slide completely drops you from where you are standing. It was amazing!
We went back to their apartment in Madrid, where the town was normal in the day, but at night it was noisy and loud. When I was there we met his friends and rowed boats in one of the king gardens. I took the metro a lot because that was the preferred transportation in Madrid, Spain for teenagers. We went to the mall in Prince Pio, to buy the gifts for my family. I got to try Spanish Ice cream, it is not the ice cream that we have here it is more of a gelato, than what we call ice cream.
When the three days in Madrid were over I went to Miguel's Father's house in El Escorial, Spain. His mother and boyfriend went to Scotland and would come back in 11 days. I usually went to the pool with Miguel and his friends then afterwards we would play a card game called Cuelo where the objective is to get rid of your cards first to become the President of the game. Some days we would go places like the party that the town would hold in the town square or go to a free concert. The person I saw was Dani Martin, he was more of a teen girl band, so I didn't enjoy him as much as Miguel's friends did. Last year in my history class I did a report on the Spanish Revolution in 1936, little did I know that one day I would go to Francisco Franco's grave which was a very cool experience for me.
I played soccer a whole lot of the time that I was there and I guess that showed them that an American's Can be good at soccer (or futbol). I went to one of their Monasteries and saw that they keep the blood of Saints in their walls. Also they had beautiful artwork and domes in the monastery.
I tried his Dad's famous Paella, which I thought was okay, but not anything that I would like to talk about at home. The melon there was extremely good, it was so juicy and flavorful. I was so surprised that I wasn't allergic to it as I am usually allergic to Watermelon. I had lamb and a fish that looked like spaghetti, but the best thing that I tried and liked a little was the Gazpacho that Miguel's Mom's Boyfriend made when I was staying with them.
My last day that I was there I went to an attraction park. We rode a bus and two metros to get to the place that we were going. I rode on many rides, but they all just seemed like the rides at Elitches. With the Tower of Doom, The Minder easer, and swings that world take up really high but it all seemed like Elitches to me. When we got home to El Escorial we went out to eat and I was able to get whatever I wanted so I ordered a big hamburger! When I got back to their house I was pumped and could barely sleep because the next day I was going back home, to AMERICA!
I really enjoyed the trip that you provided for me, I wish that I spent a little more time in Madrid. Once again I thank you for the experience and I will cherish this memory for the rest of my life.