Top 5: Harry

1. ‘Late Motiv’

What better way to immerse yourself in Spanish culture than going to a late night talk show!? ´Late Motiv´ is one of the most popular shows in Spain, and its host Andreu Buenafuente is now a household name. It´s true, there are quite a few cultural references, and the guests definitely don´t hold back on how fast they talk, but you´ll no doubt have a really fun evening whilst learning a lot about the Spanish sense of humor! To be on the show, all you have to do is apply through the show´s website, and if you´re lucky enough to get tickets, they´re completely free!

¿Qué mejor manera de sumergirse en la cultura española que asistir a un programa de entrevistas? ´Late Motiv´ es una de los programas más populares en España, cuyo presentador Andreu Buenafuente ha llegado a ser un personaje súper conocido. Es verdad que hay bastantes referencias culturales, y los entrevistados suelen hablar a toda velocidad, pero no hay duda de que lo pasarás bien ¡mientras aprendiendo mucho del humor español! Para asistir al programa, solo tienes que solicitar una plaza a través del sitio web del programa, y si consigues obtener entradas, ¡son gratis!

Late Motiv

2. Museo Sorolla

Before coming to Madrid, I didn´t know much about Joaquín Sorolla, nor had I seen many of his paintings, so I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the museum that is dedicated to his artwork (which is held in the beautiful house he used to live in!). Sorolla was largely known as an impressionist painter, and his works, I think, are very appealing and easy on the eye. Tickets are only €3, but if you´re a student, you can get in for free.

Antes de venir a Madrid, no conocía mucho de Joaquín Sorolla, ni tampoco había visto muchas de sus pinturas. Por lo tanto, me puse sorprendido cuando visité por primera vez el museo que le está dedicado (¡que se sitúa en su antigua casa bonita!). Sorolla era conocido principalmente como pintor impresionista, y sus obras, en mi opinión, son muy atrayentes y llamativas. Las entradas cuestan solo 3€, pero si eres estudiante, puedes entrar sin pagar.       

Sorolla Museum

3. La Catedral de Justo Gallego

This is perhaps Madrid´s gem that is still waiting to be discovered! In 1961, a monk named Justo Gallego was expelled from his monastery for contracting tuberculosis. Convinced that he was still called to serve God, he set about constructing his very own cathedral from scratch, without any architectural qualifications. All these years later, Justo hasn´t given up on his mission, and at the age of 95 he continues to get up early each morning to carry on building. The result of his efforts is this enormous edifice that, although looking very much unfinished, still retains an astonishing beauty, made even more impressive by that fact that Justo has done pretty much all of the work himself! To get to the cathedral, you can catch a short bus ride towards Mejorada del Campo, which is on the outskirts of Madrid.

¡A lo mejor esto es la joya de Madrid que queda sin descubrir! En 1961, el monje Justo Gallego fue expulsado de su monasterio por haber caído enfermo. Con la certeza de su vocación de servir a Dios, empañó la construcción desde cero de su propia catedral, sin ningunas calificaciones arquitectónicas. Después de todos estos años, Justo no ha abandonado su objetivo, y con 94 años sigue levantándose temprano cada mañana para continuar a construir. El resultado de sus esfuerzas es este edificio enorme que, aunque parece incompleto, aun retiene una belleza extraordinaria, una hazaña aún más impresionante si tenemos en cuenta que Justo ha hecho la mayoría del trabajo solo. Para llegar a la catedral, puedes coger un autobús de 30 minutos hacia Mejorada del Campo, que está en las afueras de Madrid.

Catedral de Justo Gallego

4. La Caja Mágica

If you´re as a big a tennis fan as I am then there are two events that you definitely can´t miss! The Mutua Madrid Open takes place every year in May, whilst for the foreseeable future the Davis Cup (´the world cup of tennis´) will be played in Madrid every November as well. These two tournaments are highly regarded fixtures on the tennis tour, thus attracting some of the biggest players from all around the world. What´s more, ´madrileños´ really know how to provide a great atmosphere (especially when a Spaniard is playing!) so you´re bound to enjoy yourself no matter what.

Si eres tan apasionado de tenis como yo, ¡hay dos eventos que no puedes perder! El Mutua Madrid Open tiene lugar cada año en mayo, mientras por ahora la Copa Davis (el mundial de tenis) se disputa en Madrid cada noviembre. Estos dos torneos son muy apreciados, así atraen algunos de los mejores jugadores de todo el mundo. Es más, los madrileños saben cómo proporcionar un ambiente electrizante (¡sobre todo cuando juegue un español!), por eso  sin duda lo vas a pasar bien.

Caja Mágica

5. MISKI RESTOBAR

This café/bar is one of my favourite places to chill and/or work in Madrid. They do awesome brunches, great coffee, all the while providing a really cozy setting just to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city. What´s better, as it opened only fairly recently, it doesn´t become as crowded as some other, more well-known establishments.

Este café/bar es uno de mis lugares favoritos para descansar y/o trabajar en Madrid. Hacen un ´brunch´ increíble, el café fenomenal, todo el tiempo proporcionando un ambiente acogedor para matar el tiempo lejos del ajetreo de la ciudad. Aún mejor, dada su apertura bastante reciente, no se hace tan concurrido como otros establecimientos más conocidos.

Miski Restobar

Top 5: Ilaria

Hi, I’m Ilaria and I spent 2 months here in Madrid, doing an internship with Inhispania!

During my stay, I was always thinking about how to enjoy my period here in Madrid, so now I’m going to give you some tips!

1. Flamenco

First of all, I think it could be a great idea to see a Flamenco show.

This dance is a professionalised art-form based on the various folkloric music traditions of southern Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia. In a wider sense, the term refers to a variety of Spanish musical styles developed as early as the 19th century and now has become popular all over the world.

I saw a Flamenco show in the Cardamomo theatre, it was an amazing experience because dancers are very professional and it seems like the music is coursing through their veins. If I have to be truthful, these shows are a little bit expensive but they are worth the price.

Flamenco show

2. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

As you may know, Madrid has many football teams, but the most important are Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

The Santiago Bernabéu is a football stadium in Madrid, and it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947.

The Santiago Bernabéu is one of the world’s most famous football venues and has hosted lots of finals.

So, if you are going to spend a week end here in Madrid, why not watch a Spanish football game?

Of course it’s better to check if the tickets are available in advance, so you don´t get a nasty surprise!

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

3. Parque del Retiro

Madrid is full of beautiful places, but the one I like most is the Retiro Park. I like going there to relax, read a book or have a picnic. The Retiro Park is a place where you can escape from all the traffic and overcrowded streets, where you can just lay down in the grass and open your mind to imagination.

This park is open every day, from April to September 06.00-00.00 h and from October to March 06.00-22.00 h.

So, if you need a shelter where to chill out, the Retiro Park could be a great place!

Retiro Park

4. La Casa de mi Vecina

If you miss home and need something to cheer you up, I think that “La casa de mi vecina” it’s the perfect place for you! This pastry offers the best home-made cakes in Madrid, and it’s also near the school! What more could you want? J

It is open every day from 10 to 22, and it’s located near the Tribunal metro station.

It’s a tiny place, but offers cupcakes, biscuits, slice of cakes and for the greediest, also a whole cake.

La Casa de mi vecina

5. Hotel Riu

Since June, here in Madrid we have another super hotel with a wide rooftop where to take a beer or cocktail with a friend, it is called the Hotel RIU.

What makes this hotel special is the glass bridge, where it seems to fly.

The position is perfect too, because you can watch the sunset on Gran Vía street.

Before 6 pm you have to pay only 5€ to go up, while if you want to go up later you have to pay 10€, but the good thing is that for both tickets (5 or 10€) you will receive a voucher of 5€ that you can use for a drink on the top.

So, at the end, is not so expensive and the view is literally stunning.

I really recommend this rooftop, because the price for the drinks is worth the view and you can mostly find a table where to enjoy your time!

Hotel Riu

But, if I seriously have to choose the best place here, in Madrid, of course should be this school, because it gave me so much and I will never forget all the people I met!

All the people, who work here, are amaizing!

It was a pleasure meeting them 🙂

Top 5: Natalia

The best thing about living in vibrant Madrid is that you will never run out of things to do, places to visit or people to meet, but if you´re looking for some inspiration here are my recommendations!

While spending the summer in Madrid does bring its challenges (read: 40 degrees and no air conditioning), this is actually a great time to let the city surprise you. My favourite time of day to be outside in the city was after sunset, when the temperature starts to drop and you can comfortably enjoy a drink in the open air, but this is not the only way to enjoy the city after dark. Cibeles de Cine is one of the many summer cinemas which pop up each year around the Madrid. If you think the Palacio de Cibeles is impressive from the outside, you should definitely check this out: a huge screen is set up in the Galería de Cristal, an interior patio with a 30 metre-high ceiling made of over 2000 glass triangles. Just try not to let this distract you from the film!

Cibeles

When I started compiling my favourite places in Madrid, a recurring theme appeared… food! As a vegetarian, I didn´t know what to expect from the food scene here, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the variety of cuisines on offer. I have enjoyed Mexican, Italian and Middle-Eastern food, but the one place I would keep going back to is Bambúbox, the best Thai restaurant I have found in the city. The menu offers much more than your standard Pad Thai, with a whole section of delicious and fresh vegetarian dishes. Aside from the food, everything from the stylish décor to the presentation of the food makes this a great dining experience, all within a few minutes´ walk from the school.

Book shop

If, like me, you prefer to be outside as much as possible, you can´t go wrong with an afternoon spent in the Retiro Park with a good book. If, like me, you get through a book in just a few days however, it can become an expensive habit, which is why I looked for second-hand bookshops almost as soon as I arrived. If you´re looking for something quirky, I recommend Libros para un mundo mejor, where, in addition to literature in various languages, you can find a range of postcards and canvas bags decorated with the motif of the shop´s resident cat, whom you are sure to meet if you visit!

I couldn´t share my favourite places in Madrid without including somewhere to go for breakfast – the best meal of the day. My favourite spot is in the Plaza de las Comendadoras, Malasaña, and is testament to Madrid´s cosmopolitan food scene.  Federal is not like anything else I have found in Madrid; this Australian café is spacious and relaxed, and the food is fantastic. I would highly recommend the French toast or perfectly poached eggs, but if you´re indecisive you should be warned, the menu is extensive and it is super hard to choose!

Finally, no stay in Madrid is complete without seeing the city from above. One way to do this is to visit a rooftop bar, but I would highly recommend the Faro de Moncloa for a true panorama of the city. The 3€ you pay to take the lift 92 metres up the side of the tower are more than worth it for the sweeping view you are rewarded with at the top. Don´t be put off if you´re afraid of heights – the lift ride is over before you know it – just don´t look down!

Top 5: Angelica

¡Hola amigos, me llamo Angelica! He hecho las prácticas durante tres meses en Inhispania. Ha sido una oportunidad maravillosa para mí. ¿La pregunta es ”por qué”? La respuesta es fácil. Quería practicar mi español. En #Inhispania he tenido contacto con españoles y mi español ha podido mejorar cada día. Otra ventaja de esta academia de idiomas han sido y son las personas de todo el mundo: nuevas amistades, nuevas experiencias, nuevos conocimientos de culturas y nuevas percepciones de personas de otros países. La mejor academia de idiomas se llama: Inhispania. Si quieres hacer tus prácticas, elige esta academia. De verdad, te la recomiendo para estudiar español, hacer tus prácticas y para todo, créeme.

Hi guys, my name is Angelica. I undertook an Internship for three months in Inhispania. It was an amazing opportunity for me. The question is ´why´? The answer is easy. I wanted to practice my Spanish. In #Inhispania I was in contact with Spanish people every day and as a result my Spanish was able to improve. Something else that was a wonderful advantage in this school was and is the people from all over the world. So, new friendships, new experiences, a new knowledge of cultures and a new perception of the people of others countries. The best language school is called Inhispania and this is the only school you should consider doing an internship with. I really can recommend this school to study Spanish, to do an internship and to do everything, believe me.

1. Alcalá de Henares – Mercado medieval

La ciudad más cercana a mi corazón. Durante las prácticas en Inhispania, he vivido en Alcalá de Henares. Está situada 30 kilómetros de Madrid y es conocida por ser la ciudad de Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra.

Cada año, en octubre, se organiza el Mercado Medieval de Alcalá de Henares. Es el más grande de Europa y una atracción muy popular en Alcalá. Desde el año 1998, el Mercado Cervantino se celebra en el día del bautismo de Miguel de Cervantes, 9 de octubre 1547. Durante de este evento, podemos disfrutar de puestos callejeros, cantantes, vendedores…

Medieval market

2. La Gran Vía

La calle más famosa y una de las más grandes de Madrid. En esta calle puedes encontrar un montón de tiendas de ropa muy populares. Por ejemplo, ZARA la tienda más conocida de España que tiene tres plantas u otras como: Primark, Mango, Stradivarius, Pull&Bear, H&M, etc. Durante la Navidad puedes admirar la belleza de las luces en la calle.

El bar que recomiendo en la Gran Vía es el bar “Jamón Ibérico”.  En este bar se venden  muchos tipos de los bocadillos con el jamón más típico de España.

Gran Vía

3. Toledo

La ciudad con mayor riqueza monumental. También es llamada la ciudad de tres culturas: cristianos, árabes y judíos. Los monumentos que os puedo recomendar son: La Catedral Santa María, de arquitectura gótica, y El Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, la vista dentro es maravillosa, la entrada cuesta 3€, pero vale la pena visitarlo. Toledo es la antigua capital de España, la cual corta la respiración a los turistas por su belleza y sus muchos callejones.

Gracias a #Inhispania puedes visitar Toledo, porque es una de las ciudades que visitan durante sus excursiones.

Toledo

4. El Parque del Retiro

El Retiro es el parque más importante de Madrid. Todo el parque es maravilloso y da muy buenas sensaciones. Los lugares que deberías visitar son: El estanque artificial, está en el centro del parque. Se dice que es un sitio muy romántico porque se puede alquilar la barca y dar un paseo en ella con vuestra pareja. Además, puedo recomendar el Palacio de Cristal, donde hay muchas exposiciones temporales, y  que fascina con su belleza. En el Retito puedes aprovechar cada segundo de tu tiempo libre, siempre con la naturaleza. Es la zona verde más bonita de Madrid.

Retiro Park

5. Los mercados

Todos mercados de Madrid tienen su historia y son únicos en sus géneros.  Si quieres aprovechar tiempo con tus amigos tapeando o tomando unas cervezas el Mercado de San Idelfonso es excelente. Tiene una buena atmósfera y en él puedes pasar un buen rato. Sin embargo, el Mercado de San Antón es un poquito diferente. Uno de los mercados más antiguos de Madrid. Está localizado muy cerca de #Inhispania, y a menudo se puede probar la comida de diferentes países y también la más típica de España.

Mercado de San Ildefonso

Gracias por todo #Inhispania 😉

Daytrip to Segovia

¡Segovia is a great getaway destination from Madrid!

It is a small town not in the middle of the mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama. It is well known for its aqueduct and for its gothic cathedral. In 1985 the city centered was declared world heritage by UNESCO. The aqueduct was built in the 2nd century and is known for its very little amount of concrete as component and how it holds itself independently.

Being at the north of Madrid and near the mountains, Segovia tends to be a little colder, however it also gives you fresher air and it can be a nice retreat from Madrid. You can go there just for a day on a bus. The closest station is Moncloa and you can get there for 10€ both ways and even just for a day! Itwill take between 1h15 and 2hours to get there depending on how many stops the bus has.

In Inhispania, we love to visit the city with our students.

Segovia has a lot of monasteries, convents and churches that you can visit on the top of the cathedral. The oldness of the city is charming and very pleasant for a week-end stroll around the Spanish authenticity. Its old spells attracts a lot of tourists, however it remains not as crowded as Madrid.  The typical food is “el cochinillo”,  the famous roast suckling pig.