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Writing for a purpose….. March 22, 2013

Writing is one of the key skills in learning a language, and often teachers have to really motivate students to get them to write in a meaningful and satisfying way. In the next few blog entries, I’m going to post pieces of excellent writing by some of our students of English which demonstrate what can be achieved. I have kept correction to the minimum to improve meaning without interfering too much with the original text.

Welcome to Madrid!!!

I’m going to try to do a little guide about “What you can do in Madrid in three days…”. It’s only a guide because the best it’s walking in the city and let yourself be surprised…



A good plan for Sunday could be getting up and going to the Rastro. El Rastro is one of the most famous flea market in Madrid. And then, you can do one of the most popular tradition in Madrid on Sunday which is “tomar el aperitivo”, it means “go to the bars and have beer or wine with a tapa”, for example around la Latina… And after, the best is to take a siesta…

In your case, I recommend you when you arrive at your apartment in Madrid (C/Santa Isabel (A)) don’t be lazy and you take advantage of Sunday afternoon walking in the city


 …A good option could be walking in Lavapies (B)


Lavapies (B) is one of the most picturesque “villages” (neighborhoods) in Madrid.

In the Middle Ages it was the Arab and Jewish neighborhood outside the city walls.

This neighborhood was made fashionable in the 80s by artists and young people. Then began a renovation process that continues today. Nowadays, it’s an up-and-coming neighborhood.

Currently, Lavapiés is a very popular and charismatic. Many immigrants live here. Besides its bohemian character is the multicultural neighborhood of Madrid.

In Lavapies there are a lot of bars and cafes, very affordable restaurants with ethnic cuisines like Indian, Pakistani, Cuban or Argentina. There are also many shops typical of many countries ..You can even see the celebration of the Chinese New Year or Ramadan.

Walking around its streets and enjoying its atmosphere is the best thing you can do there.



After, you can continue with your walk going to La Latina (C)


La Latina is one of the neighborhoods of Madrid that has best preserved its tradition and appearance, and today boasts of its vintage and atmosphere. It’s one of the quintessential areas for tapas and drinks.

La Latina neighborhood is in the Central District which bounded to the north by Segovia Street, west on Bailen street, on the East Toledo Street and finally to the South by Plaza de la Cebada (Barley Square) and Carrera de San Francisco

The streets of the neighborhood still remember the various trades that settled in the neighborhood: tinsmiths, cutlers, blacksmiths, locksmiths … As in Lavapies, the names of the streets and buildings are steeped in Madrid’s history.

The nineteenth century brought the decline of the local palaces and demolition of them.




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