Trip to Spain with train rides, castles and Oreo desserts

Recently I traveled to Spain. We got to go to Spain because my parents are both Spanish professors at Northern Michigan University. We took a two-hour plane ride to Chicago from Marquette. Then we had to wait seven hours in the airport. My brother and I mostly ate popcorn and played Minecraft to pass the time. After seven hours of waiting in the airport we had another plane ride, this time for seven hours all the way Spain.

When we got to Madrid we went on a train to Salamanca. The train ride was really long and boring. While we were staying in Salamanca, almost every day we had Oreo sandwiches for lunch (yum), which is like Oreos on chocolate bread with chocolate sauce (again yum). I got Oreo sandwiches because I didn’t like the healthy European food. Ha. Ha.

We went to the Plaza Mayor, which is a big open square with buildings on the outside and it lights up at night. We had two scoops of ice cream for dessert while we were at the Plaza Mayor.

On our first day in Spain I slept until 11 a.m. because of jet leg and I also slept until 11 a.m. on the second day too, but on the third day I had to wake up early because we were going to Segovia. We toured a castle: the Alcazar of Segovia. The castle in Segovia was Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disneyland California’s Sleeping Beauty castle. In Segovia we saw the Roman aqueduct, which was used to carry water into the town. No mortar was used to hold together the arches. Wikipedia wasn’t very helpful when searching how old it was, but I found the website wmf.org (world monuments fund) that said it was built during the second half of the first century A.D.

When we got back to Salamanca we got chocolate con churros, which are sort of like plain donuts dipped in hot chocolate. We also climbed the Pontifical University Tower. When you were climbing the stairs there was a creepy recorded voice that made the place feel haunted. There were lots of stork nests and storks on the top of the building.

On the second to last day we went to Madrid. On the train ride there I drew with my fancy pencils. In Madrid we stayed at a super fancy hotel. When I was waiting for my parents to check us into the hotel, I made a tent by putting a blanket over the handles of their suitcases.

You can go to my brother’s YouTube channel, Saturday Bush Live and see videos of Spain. I know he loves to promote his YouTube channel as often as he can, so I am doing it for him this time.

I really like Spain and the people there are really friendly… at least I think they are; I don’t know much Spanish! Hasta luego! Bye !

Editor’s note: Esme Ulland-Joy, is 8 and will be in the fourth grade at Sandy Knoll Elementary School. Esme loves ballet and reading.

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