The boring but important stuff–studying/reading/writing
As I write this, the sun is eerily bright. Daylight saving’s time snuck up on us yesterday, and neither my body nor my mind can reconcile the fact that there is this much light at 7:30 p.m. Another thing I can’t reconcile? The fact that spring break is over! Below you’ll find some of the highlights of my time.
Paseo por Retiro
This photo is deceptive–there isn’t a lot of life springing up just yet. Also, you will note a lack of portraits as the wind made any facial captures wildly hair-blown.
In with the new…
The ever-intriguing modern art in Retiro’s Palacio de Cristal is at it again. When my brother came, there was a ceiling-high sculpture of plastic lawn furniture. (I use “sculpture” generously.)
Templo de Debod time
This place never gets old. I love how the stone seems to change depending on the weather around and the sky above it.
Returing to old favorites
Baco y Beto is a wine bar/restaurant I have loved ever since my first year in Madrid. If you go, make sure to get the setas (wild mushrooms) with truffled alioli.
Getting to spend time with Andres was definitely a highlight; with our busy rush of class and work, it’s harder to carve out time for goofing off, window shopping, and challenging each other to rounds of Bananagrams. (And in which language, you ask?)
While attempting to visit the David Hockney exhibit at the Fundación Canal, I snapped this picture of the Torres KIO. Since I almost never venture into this part of the city, I certainly felt like a tourist again–in a positive, adventurous way!
Visiting El Matadero
Stay tuned for a post to this intriguing space, a slaughterhouse turned art gallery!
Browsing Ilustrarte 2012
Ilustrarte, one of the most interactive art exhibits I’ve seen since a visit to the Guggenheim, inspires sweet (day)dreams with its massive night stand + lamp set-up. Ilustrarte is a jurried show–1,585 artists from around the globe submitted work this year! Of those, 50 artists were chosen to take part in the traveling exhibit. I found several new artists I want to look up again. The exhibit just came to Madrid, so if you’re in town you have until September 29th to check it out.
I saw a family of three generations smiling together over these pieces.
So, guys, I look forward to reading about all of your travels and being struck with travel envy. At the same time, I proud of what I accomplished this week here in Madrid, both school-wise and city-wise. Now, back to the grindstone…