Aug 10, 2018
PREVIOUS ENTRIES: DAY 1
Today we started off by visiting the royal gardens in Madrid (el parque de buen retirio – the park of pleasant retreat). We saw various sculptures, a crystal palace, and a rose garden. We spent about an hour walking around the gardens, but we could have spent a whole day exploring. There were various different paths that lead to interesting sights throughout the large park.
We next separated in to smaller groups and went to lunch. My group found a restaurant where we got paella and croquettes. We were a little rushed because our bus had to leave to go to Toledo so we ate in 20 minutes; however, our food was delicious.
We had about an hour bus ride until we made it to the picturesque city of Toledo. When we got there we drove around the city and were amazed by how old and preserved it was. There were many houses on very narrow cobblestone streets, a gorgeous palace, and a cathedral. Toledo was the old capital of Spain and the oldest preserved city in Spain. A lot of the buildings even have glass flooring to show off the Roman ruins from the empire. Most of the buildings were at least 1000 years old with Jewish, Muslim, Roman Pagan, and Roman Christian influences. We walked up and down many streets including the narrowest one – which is one arms length wide.
We left Toledo in the early evening and drove another hour to play our first match. We played a club team (Club Voleibol Ciudad de la Ceramica, 2nd Division) in Madrid which had about 10 players present from the team. The gym we played in was rented from a university and had no air conditioning, which was a new experience for most of the team. We played four sets; three of them to 25 and the last …