At Schiller we understand that learning is not exclusive to the classroom and that is why our professors focus a good chunk of class-time towards visits and activities that are associated to the assignments and coursework. With this is mind, our students went on a day trip of “Retiro: Not for Tourists” organized by Professor Pinto.
The day started with a private tour to Madrid’s Royal Observatory, uncovering the secrets and astronomical jewels hidden in this place, such us a meridian circle, a collection of precision clocks, a bronze mirror polished by W. Herschel and a Foucalt’s pendulum in the central rotunda displaying the daily rotation of the earth. But if we are being honest, the most interesting instrument was the large equatorial telescope by Grubb, dating from 1912.
After that the students got the chance to visit the most renown landmarks of Retiro like the Cristal Palace, Rose Garden and the statue of The Fallen Angel. During the walk, the Public Speaking class experimented with a unique experience for the park, imitating the Speaker´s Corner in London, and started to give improvised speeches in English gathering the attraction –and some praises!- of the people passing by.
And if you are thinking about the last picture with a tree, that will be the oldest tree in the park, which is an Ahuehuete from Mexico, dating around 1630.