Tuesday was el Día de San Isidro, the patron saint of the city of Madrid, so for the whole first half of the week there were cultural events and parties all over the city. Since we didn’t have to work on Tuesday, Monday night Dan and I met up with our friend Chrissy from Northeastern and a bunch of her friends for some beers in Sol and then walked over to Retiro to see the fireworks. They shot them off of the statue on the back on the man made lake (where I rented a boat when my parents came to visit!). Everything was lit up beautifully, and they even had music to go along with it. Unfortunately, they only lasted 15 minutes, but it was still a lot of fun, especially since we all sat around in the park for a couple of hours after they ended. The weather was finally warm and sunny this week, so it was great to finally be outside!
There was a huge festival in the San Isidro park all day on Tuesday, so we headed over there after lunch! It’s located by the river on the west side of the city, where I haven’t really gotten to explore all that much yet. It’s so beautiful though and I definitely plan on spending a few days this summer relaxing in the park along the river. We relaxed in the shade most of the day, drinking ice cold tinto de verano, but as it got later we walked around the rest of the festival where they had carnival games (with a ham leg as the price!), awesome outdoor tent restaurants and lots of pottery and artesanal goods on display. I also finally got to meet Kathryn’s boyfriend, which I was so excited about, and we hung out for most of the afternoon with them and some other friends too! Dan and I went out for sushi afterwards and ended the night back at Retiro for the last night of the fireworks.
These types of cultural events are the things I always like to explore during our time here in Madrid. It was really cool to see all of the Madrileños singing and dancing, and so many little boys and girls in the traditional Madrileño dress. What a great way to spend a day off in the middle of the week! Hope you guys enjoyed your week & weekend; an update on my weekend coming soon! Ciao, amores:)