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The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: A Pleasant Surprise

23CIEE Madrid student Blake Minchoff learning how to flip a Spanish Tortilla during a cooking class

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: A Pleasant Surprise
By: Blake Minchoff (Brandeis University)

The first few days of being in Madrid were a definitely a roller coaster of emotions.  In the scope of only a few hours, I was excited, worried, way too busy, homesick, and captivated by the beauty of a new city.  On top of all that, jetlag was giving me the constant urge to stop dead in my tracks and take a nap on the side of the road (which probably would have proved unwise, considering the manner in which the Madrileños drive).  Needless to say, when I saw that we were going to the Thyssen Museum, my first impression was not good. 

You hear about the Prado and the Reina Sofia, but never about Madrid’s “third best” museum, and the idea of my warm bed was looking quite appealing.  My desire for new culture overcame my body’s desire for sleep, and I made my way with the group to the Thyssen Museum.  After about five minutes of our tour, I was glad that I decided to join the group.  Peering through half open eyelids, I began to discover the beauty and diversity of the art that the Thyssen had to offer.  In one room, you could find abstract art painted completely in brown, and in another, an almost too real painting of Adam and Eve.  Our tour guide did an excellent job of provoking interest and excitement from our group, asking questions, and demonstrating her impressive knowledge of the artwork.  Although our tour was short, it was a great introduction to some of the culture that Madrid has to offer, and I definitely would like to return to the Thyssen again and do some exploring of my own.