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... where she took coffee when she visited Salamanca so I thought I would do the same and text her to let her know I was. When a place is referred to simply as the square, there has to be a reason for it. It was easy to see why, a lovely big square, flanked on all four sides but handsome buildings and used as a meeting place or a place to study. I wrote the last blog drinking coffee there, what a setting. After writing the blog (I would post it ...
In the Plaza Mayor we stared up at the faces of Spain's leaders from centuries ago to the present. We identified Franco's face by the word "Puta" scrawled underneath it and the splashes of purple paint on the column below. The presence of Franco in Salamanca's plaza mayor is somewhat controversial. We had read in our Lonely Planet guide that Franco's face had been carved into a different ...
Here is the entry I wrote last night before bed:
Today I had my first day of classes. All my professors seem nice and are natives of Spain. They are also all women, surprising to me because the faculty at IU seems to consist of mostly men. I feel brain dead now because I had 4 hours of class in a row, which were taught completely in Spanish. I also signed up for a flamenco class today
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... Spanish meal" So a restaurant was duly booked for the set time of 9pm as that is the earliest they will accept a booking (which as most people know is way past Tracie's bedtime) but we need to eat.
Back in Iberia
On the way north from Lisbon to Oporto, we stopped off in Fátima. This unremarkable town of 8000 people has developed over the past 80 years or so for only one reason. On May 13, 1917 three young shepherd children (now called the "Seers of Fatima") led by 10 year-old Lucia reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary. There followed two more “sightings” in 1917 and Lucia subsequently reported others had occurred in ...