Okay, I must admit that the excursion to Toledo was not my favorite. I think it’s mostly because I started out quite grumpy; I was starving but my sandwich was soggy so I had to scope out a place to buy something vegetarian without sitting down for an hour, there were randomly flies and bees everywhere, AND I was incredibly sore but had to spend all day walking uphill (not ideal). Though I really shouldn’t complain because one of the kids in my program has a sprained ankle and had to do the same thing ~ perspective ~.
Anyways! Following suit, we checked out the Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledoof course. There were some really gorgeous paintings they had uncovered and this building is known as the “cathedral of all cathedrals” because the cardinal or some important religious figure resided there (or something). We also learned about the Mosque of the Cristo de la Luz, which has ancient Roman aqueduct and road remains underneath it. We trekked up to the Puerta del Sol as well as the Puente de Alcántara, which provided for some fantastic views of the city!
The artist El Greco is incredibly famous in Toledo, with his own museum, restaurant, and exhibit in the church around his painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the Santo Tome Church. Personally, I thought it was cool but we paid all that money just to walk two steps into the church to see it, then be attacked by super Catholic anti-abortion propaganda which was just pretty intense (and I’m Catholic)! After this, we got to see the Synagogue of El Transito, which I was really excited about until we found out that it was no longer functional and basically empty after having been taken over by the Catholics- big surprise! My friend Sam is Jewish though, so I used this visit as a chance to have her teach me some prayers in Hebrew, which was pretty cool!
After our day in Toledo, we were supposed to leave for Madrid around 7:30 but had tons of free time so a few of us got an earlier bus home (so we could nap, of course).