31 Days de Madrid al Cielo
From Madrid to the sky!!!!
That was a sentence I heard a lot during my first trip to Madrid, nearly 13 years ago. My classmates and host brother said it so often I started to wonder if, more than something English to say, this strange phrase had a deeper meaning. So I asked my host sister.
"You know, from Madrid to the sky" she said.
"No, I don't know..."
"From MADRID... to the SKY," she repeated with emphasis. "After Madrid, the next best place is the sky".
I still didn't get it, so I took a look in my dictionary: cielo has two meanings, sky and heaven. A little bit of further reading revealed all - from Madrid to Heaven is the city's unofficial motto.
The origins of this phrase are obscure, and some people even link it to pre-sewer Madrid and the expression De Madrid, el cielo, meaning the only good thing about the stinking city was the view. However it started, in its current state, it sums up how the locals feel about their city - it's second only to Heaven.
From Madrid to Heaven is my inspiration for this year's 31 Days blogging challenge. More than a writing challenge, this theme will challenge me to explore the city and use my camera. Join me this month for a bird's eye view of Madrid as I spend October walking around with my head in the clouds.
Day 2 - The first Spanish Sky Crapper
Day 3 - Sky-high nose in a book
Day 4 - Gau&Cafe
Day 5 - A Bird´s Eye View
Day 6 - Sol through the Clouds
Day 7 - Protector of the Arts
Day 8 - Three Cupolas
Day 9 - The Second Spanish Sky Crapper
Day 10 - Wild Horses
Day 11 - Snack and Shop
Day 12 - Egyptian View
Day 13 - The Strangest Dream
Day 14 - In or Out
Day 15 - ´hood ornament
Day 16 - The Sixth Ugliest Building in the World
Day 17 - Quevedo. It´s not a kind of cheese
Day 18 - Madrid from the Sky
Day 19 - One stop, seven lookouts
Day 20 - Phoenix Falling
Day 21 - Anchors Away?
Day 22 - Neither Up nor Down
Day 23 - The Other First Spanish Sky Crapper
Day 24 - A Stony Eagle Spotted
Day 25 - Double Take
Day 26 - Word
Day 27 - And it´s over nearly before it began
Day 28 - Don´t make me come up there and get you!
Day 29 - Don Limpio (Mr Clean)
Day 30 -
Day 31 -