Polly 2 on August 28th, 2009

August 2009 Come along and share my Valdelavilla experience. You’ll be glad you did! The day before we left for Valdelavilla, all the Anglos (and frogs) were treated to a luncheon in Madrid. Later that evening, several of us got together for dinner and the chance to get to know each other before leaving for […]

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Polly 2 on August 26th, 2009

The plazas of Madrid are important in the lives of the people that live in the city. Many times celebrations are held in them and they provide a meeting area for bringing the people together. Even though they would normally would be a square, they can actually be any shape such as rectangular, round or […]

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Polly 2 on August 25th, 2009

Who would have thought that part of the fun and games would be a “Frognapping”! After we were there a couple of days, I was so popular that people were constantly asking me to join them for the day. Well, one day I was hanging out with my friends Judith and Lucy when Pablo, the […]

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Polly 2 on August 25th, 2009

The Royal Palace Madrid is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Even though it’s the official residence for the Royal family, it’s now only used for state ceremonies. In Spanish it’s known as the Palacio Real and was built during the 18th and 19th centuries. When it’s not being used for official ceremonies, it’s […]

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Polly 2 on August 25th, 2009

Retiro Park is one of the most popular and visited parks in Madrid. You can see people of all ages engaging in anything from roller skating, to jogging, to strolling or even napping in one of the tree shaded grassy areas. I should know because I’ve napped there myself! My friends and I felt very […]

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Polly 3 on August 24th, 2009

These pictures were taken in the Spanish village of Valdelavilla, which is nestled in the mountains of the Soria region. This batch fed a large crowd, forty-four of us to be exact, and not only did it taste great but it was fun to watch it being prepared. Did I mention the smell? It was […]

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Polly 3 on August 24th, 2009

A Traditional Spanish Dish Paella, a traditional dish found throughout the different provinces Spain, has roots in Valencia where it was first thought to have been created. What makes this a favored dish among tourists and locals alike is probably all of the available choices—seafood (lobster, mussels, clams, and shrimp), pork, chicken, rabbit, sausage, and […]

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Polly 3 on August 23rd, 2009

Volunteer…You will Change Spain AND Spain will Change You! What is Pueblo Ingles? Imagine going to a foreign country and only being allowed to speak in your native language of English. Sound intriguing? To me, it sounded like a dream come true, since I don’t speak Spanish, and my attempts at asking where the bathroom […]

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Polly 2 on August 20th, 2009

The bear and the tree below is the symbol of Madrid Spain. It’s not quite clear why, but it has been suggested that the image represents the unity of clergy (the tree) and nobility (the bear) that ruled Madrid in the middle ages. Recently I had the opportunity to explore this beautiful city with Debbie […]

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Polly 2 on August 19th, 2009

A New Adventure Around Every Corner! Madrid is known as a walking city, because as you might have guessed, it’s easy to walk or hop just about anywhere! Don’t forget your walking shoes when you pack your suitcase. It’s handy to have a map and an idea of what you want to do and see, […]

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