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Today was a bit more 'tranquilo' than the last few days. We got up fairly early to take a one-hour bus ride to a town called Cuéllar. Cuéllar is known for its medieval castle and its mudéjar church. Mudéjar is a type of architecture created by the Muslims who remained in Spain after the Christian Reconquista, so it is not only Islamic in style, but is also heavily influenced by Christian and ...
... Book first! There we had a couple of drinks and enjoyed the sunshine then went back to the hotel for a nap. Not a great first impression of the city.
Lonely Planet describes Valladolid as: "a city on the upswing and a convenient gateway to northern Spain. An attractive place with a very Spanish character, the city’s appeal is in its sprinkling of monuments, the fine Plaza Mayor and some excellent museums. By ...
... a café in the Plaza Mayor!
Unfortunately, a common assumption by many Spaniards is that we cannot speak Spanish. Our waitress tried to blind side us, and persuade us all to buy their most expensive dish. While I am sure it is one of their specialties, it is simply a move they make on tourists, who they assume do not know much about Spanish cuisine. Once we had proven to her that we can speak Spanish, she seemed less pushy and more ...
... years and has a few Roman ruins and old churches which were quite beautiful. It is now where one of the places Seat cars are made.
It was a stopover destination but a more interesting one than expected.
Tomorrow is a shorter travel day and I get to see the Guggenheim museum.
... Before this class, I wanted to see a bull-fight, but not anymore. Ruth, our teacher, said if we don’t like gore, she wouldn’t recommend attending one. With my history of passing out when I see blood, I decided bull-fights are not for me.
In the evening, Monica (Carmen’s daughter), Nerea (her granddaughter), and baby Aitor (her grandson) came over to visit. ...