Madrid and Segovia

Matt and I just got back from a mini-vacation to Madrid. It was Matt’s first trip to Spain and my first time in Madrid. It was absolutely fabulous. Our main goal was to relax and enjoy the benefits of Western society, but we did hit a few touristic hotspots including the Prado and the city of Segovia. The Prado is Madrid’s art museum and Matt showed off his art history knowledge and explained the back story of some of the Spanish masterpieces. He was most interested in a triptych by Heironymous Bosch called the Garden of Earthly Delights. I wasn’t a huge fan, but maybe I’m ┬ájust not artistic enough.

We also managed to pry ourselves away from the cervecerias long enough to head to Segovia which is a medieval town famous for a Roman aqueduct, a castle, and roast suckling pig. The suckling pig was delicious, the castle was much more interesting than I thought it would be, and the aqueduct was impressive. Those Romans knew how to build.

But the highlight of the entire trip was a brief visit to ski slopes. Madrid has one of the few indoor ski areas which we happily tried out for an hour. Despite the 90 degree weather outside, the room was chilled to a perfect 32 degrees and they had an expert slope and a bunny slope. Any guesses who spent his time on the bunny slope? It was Matt’s first ski experience and so he spent most of his falling, but he did outstanding and on his last run was flawless! Hopefully, I can convince him to try it again when we head home for home leave in January.

Skiing at the Mall


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