Okay, so after Dictator Franco died and handed over his reign to Juan Carlos (the current King), Juan Carlos converted the country to a constitutional monarchy. Yesterday, King Juan Carlos announced his abdication. So, he is handing over the throne to his son, Felipe. Many people in Spain don't like that there is a king in the first place because he is only a 'figure head', so they are paying lots of money in taxes to pay for it, when really he doesn't do anything anyway. I asked my host family what they thought about the issue, and it sounded like my host-dad wasn't in favor of it, and my host-mom likes the idea of a Kind and Queen and thinks that they're a nice family. So, I think most of Spain is split on the issue for the most part. In Madrid, where I was a week ago, there are tons of protests filling the streets and it's crazy there right now!
This is the Plaza de Oriente in front of the Royal Palace, where I was last week after the announcement:
The streets are filled with people protesting the government and don't want a king. I won't bore you anymore, but you should read more about it if you're interested!!
Oh, and don't worry I'm safe where I am… This is in Madrid-- I got this picture online! haha