Curso/CTR Travel Writing: Madrid No Borders

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In this guide you will find tips and advice on a range of interesting things to do and see in Madrid, including where to eat, shop, party and explore. Madrid is a very lively city that has something …

In this guide you will find tips and advice on a range of interesting things to do and see in Madrid, including where to eat, shop, party and explore. Madrid is a very lively city that has something for everyone to enjoy. It is said that
the Spanish consider the most beautiful thing in their country to be their 'solidarity', and indeed the Madrileño live up to this in every sense. And don't be afraid to
practice your spanish with the locals.
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  • 1. No BordersAn alternative guide to Madrid download E-Book: http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/madrid-no-borders/14034754
  • 2. Introduction Pg. 3 By Nikki Simmons Transport Pg. 4 By Anne Stone Language Pg. 7 By Naomi Whittaker Customs Pg. 9 By Marianna Krause Museums Pg.12 By Reema Joshi + Sharon Nahal Food Pg. 20 By Esha Chaman Markets Pg. 25 By Esha Chaman + Anne Stone Entertainment Pg. 30 By Jessica Martin Nightlife Pg. 34 By Adam Termote Street Art Pg. 38 By Sofiane Ziad Fashion Pg. 43 By Naomi Whittaker Green Spaces Pg. 48 By Jean Sellar Sport Pg. 56 By David Josephs I n d e x CTR Team Pg. 59 By David Josephs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  • 3. Hola! Welcome to the city of Madrid. In this guide you will find tips and advice on a range of interesting things to do and see in Madrid, including where to eat, shop, party and explore. Madrid is a very lively city that has something for everyone to enjoy. It is said that the Spanish consider the most beautiful thing in their country to be their 'solidarity', and indeed the Madrileño live up to this in every sense. And don't be afraid to practice your spanish with the locals. Madrid is a large city made up of a number of barrios or zones, so it almost feels like lots of smaller towns clustered together as the different areas all have their own distinctive character. It's a place where there is so much to see and do that it is impossible to run out of things to explore and discover. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  • 4. 2. Transport Madrid’s numerous attractions are spread out a little far across the map to travel everywhere on foot, and so to make the most of your time in the city it’s a good idea to get to know the various modes of transportation available. The most com- mon way to get around is the Metro; however buses do also run, notably after 1:30am when the Metro closes. Alternatively, taxis are fairly reasonably priced, however it is sensible to take them from a central area like Sol. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  • 5. Train The most economical way for tourists to get around is to buy the 10 Trip Metro- Bus Ticket. It costs 12.20E and is usable in Metro Zone A and the EMT buses, ex- cept Plaza de Colon- Airport route. However, if you only need to make a few journeys, a single metro ticket in Zone A costs 1.50- 2E Pass the ticket through the turnstile on entering the station to validate the journey. The metro runs every day from 6am – 1:30am *Except Pitus station in Line 7 and the section between Puerta de Arganda and Arganda del Rey stations in Line 9 which have restricted opening times. Tickets are available at ticket booths or using the automatic machines at any of the Metro network stations (Metro Zona A, MetroSur, MetroNorte, Metro- Este and TFM)  EMT ticket booths.  Official tobacco shops and newsstands in the municipality of Madrid. You can also choose to buy a Tourist Travel Pass if you would like to take more than 10 trips in one day or are planning on using the metro very fre- quently. The fares from February 1st. 2013 are as follows: Madrid by bus: Main Madrid Bus Stations Estación Sur Menendez Álvaro Tel: 914 684 200 (customer service from 06:30-00:00) Metro stop: Menendez Álvaro (circular line 6) Metropolitan-area trains: Menendez Álvaro buses 113-141-8 Avenida de América Transfer Station Tel: 902 302 010 Metro stop: Avenida de América Empresa Ruiz Station Tel: 914 680 850 Metro stop: Atocha La Sepulveda Station Tel: 915 304 800 Metro stop: Principe Pío There is also night bus service: Nocturno Madrid EMT “El Búho (The Owl). Click this link to find the routes and schedules of the different networks of night buses : Búhos urbanos (EMT), Metrobúhos and Búhos Interurbanos http://ecomovilidad.net/madrid/situacion-autobuses-noc- turnos-madrid [map of bus lines] http://www.madrid.es/UnidadesDescentralizadas/UDCMedi- os/noticias/2009/05Mayo/18Lunes/NotasdePrensa/Buhos/ ficheros/EMT%20Noct7aMy09s3%20remarcado.pdf Click the link for more information on transport in Madrid: http://www.ctm-madrid.es/servlet/IdiomaServlet?xh_IDIOMA=2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  • 6. Estoy Perdida (I'm Lost) Mapa POLICíA ¡Permiso! (Excuse Me!) ¿Como te pudeo ayudar?(How can I help you?) Estoy perdida. ¿Como se llega a Retiro? (I'm lost. How do you get to Retiro?) ¿El parque? Ah, si, necesita cojer el metro. (The park? Oh, yes, you need to take the metro.) ¿Puedo cojer el autobus? (Can I take the bus?) Bueno, el metro es masrapido.(Well, the metro is much faster.) Tienes que cojer la línea dos a llegar a Retiro. (You have to take line 2, to get to Retiro.) ¿Y donde esta el metro? (And, where is the metro?) Alli. (There.) ¡Gracias! (Thank you!) ¡Denada! (You're welcome!) POLICíA POLICíA POLICíA POLICíA POLICíAMETRO 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 2
  • 7. Language El lenguaje de las calles If you’re feeling brave, why not use some more advanced words? If you really want to communicate in more depth and make friends, then you need to know more phrases than the ones you learn in textbooks or language dictionaries. Learn how to talk like a proper Madrileño (Madridian), and try some slang! NB: For words with ‘o/a’ after them, the ‘o’ ending refers to boys (or masculine objects), and ending the word in ‘a’ turns it into a word to describe or talk to girls (or about feminine objects). Oye! – Hey, oi Vale – Ok Claro – Used similarly to ‘Vale’. Used a lot to show you un- derstand or agree with what someone is saying, or to show that you are listening. Literally translates as ‘clear’ A ver – lets see. (Use when you are thinking, deciding or looking for something) Venga! – Come on! (You can also use ‘Anda’ when you want someone to hurry up with something) Venga va! – You’re on! Date prisa! – Hurry yourself up! No pasa nada – no problem, no big deal Dios mio/Por Dios – Oh my god/ For god’s sake Y Qué? – So what? Pibe – Guy Vaya – Haha, or oh dear. Used as an emotional expression Sin duda/No cabe duda – No doubt, without a doubt Common Phrases 3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  • 8. Qué pasa/ A qué andas? – What’s up? (Very informal!) Nena – Babe, Darling (for female friends) Tio/a – A affectionate term, similar to babe or mate Tronco – Dude Cachas – Describes a hunky guy Hermosa, Guapa – Pretty (Tener) un lio/rollo – To have a fling or affair Me molas – I’m hung up on you, or fancy you Le molo – He/she is a bit hung up on me (Ella) es una buena tía – She is a pretty ok girl (El) es un buen tío – He is a pretty ok guy El/ella está (muy) bueno/a – he/she is hot Signs of affection Arguing and getting feroz (fierce) Vete a la porra! – Go away, bug off Qué mandón/a – This describes a bossy person, it means ‘how bossy!’ Ni hablar, ni de broma/coña – Both mean ‘No way!’, as in you don’t want to do some- thing, or don’t like something. The last one means "no even joking" Me da igual – I don’t care, it’s all the same to me Bobo – A tamer version of idiot Pesado/a – Someone who is a pain, a party pooper or a bore Petardo/a – A jerk or bore Era un decir –It was just a saying/manner of speaking. This is a good way of getting out of trouble if you accidently say something offensive Qué Peligro! – Uh oh, oh dear Para Ya! – Stop it! Basta Ya! – Enough already! (You can also use ‘Anda Ya), which means ‘come on al- ready’ Qué dices! – Are you joking? Use ‘No me digas’ when someone is saying something shocking or unfortunate, it translates as ‘don’t tell me that!’ (es/está) Chulo/a – A cute or cool object. Watch out because if you use it about a person, it means a smug, someone that feels he’s really cool, and in some contexts, it means a pimp! Un Chollo – A good deal Me encanta – I love it Eso es un robo! – That is a rip off! Es una ganga – It’s a bargain Shopping Tengo un hambre de lobo – I’m as hungry as a wolf Oiga! – A way of calling waiters over Eating Out at Night Una Copa – A cup, glass (you will hear it a lot when club promot- ers offer you free drinks when you pay for entry to a club!) Asombroso – Amazing Quiero salir de juerga – I want to go out clubbing Borracho/a, (estar) pedo - Drunk 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14