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So long Madrid and Europe!

It has been a blast.

sunny 23 °C

Well, we are back in Calgary and reminiscing over the fabulous study tour this year. I wanted to update you on the last day in Madrid and share some photos, actually lots of photos because the upload from here is quite a bit faster than on European WiFi.

Sunshine and bit cooler weather greeted us on our last day in Madrid. This is a city that is much busier than what we had encountered during most of the trip. And our driver and coach needed a day off so we were on a local coach - it was not as nice as our Contiki coach. After a quick stop to the statue of the Man of LaMancha we were off to the Royal Palace. I have seen many Royal Palaces over the years. This palace was awe inspiring. Each room was tastefully decorated. I spent much of my time trying to take it all in. Beautiful! Unfortunately only shots of the outside and the front entry were allowed.
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From the Royal Palace the group walked towards the Plaza Mayor. The rest of the day was free to wander and explore the city. Some went for churros and hot chocolate. Others stopped at the local market. From my perspective the best part of Spain is the food. The market we stopped at had a specific stall for each food or drink. You just wandered, picked up what you wanted, found a seat and stayed as long as you wanted. Enjoy the visual feast!
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It was time to say goodbye to the group. After some thanks (and presents) to Emma and Firo is was time for all of the wonderful parting photos. What a great adventure we have had. For many of the students the trip has been life changing. For some this has been their first trip without parents so it has been a learning experience as well. Whatever they have taken from the trip I hope they can appreciate how lucky they are to be able to travel and what a wonderful world we live in.
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And finally, after an incredible two weeks and a 2 AM wake up call and transfer to the airport this is what we look like!
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Posted by jonaway 07:51 Archived in Spain

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