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After a week of cities and culture we were heading south for the coast by Murcia, but being in no rush we planned a break along the way. An hour south of Toledo there are a group of 12 windmills made famous in Don Quixote. As neither of us have read the book Jo decided to get both the spanish (easy reading) and english versions on Kindle so we can get a better feel for the area and culture in 16th century ...
With storms still forecast for the east side of the country a change of plan took us west and out into the open interior. Still plenty of castles and fortified towns about although given the weather we did not stop to explore. Arrived at the hotel in good time so had a walk around the town. Not really much to see and the church was closed. The hotel had enclosed parking so the bike was parked inside along with the owners.
... a fairly sunny part of the world.
My second stop was in the southern part of the province near
the Andalusian border at the Castillo de Calatrava Nueva, the ruins of a castle
& convent spectacularly located on a mountaintop seemingly in the middle of
nowhere. The region around castle was awarded to the Knights of Calatrava in
the late 1100s, a group affiliated with the Cistercian order which won this
border region for the Christian ...
... and Reproductive Rights in Mexico. One of my main tasks was to read the daily newspapers and cut out articles on a variety of topics.... contraception, STIs, abortion rights, and feminicide. Feminicide is the murder of women simply because they are women. I had only been working for 2 weeks before I went to hear Mariana speak but I was already confused about the newspaper articles I was reading. My worldview, my upbringing maybe, did not allow me to understand why ...
... after breakfast we went back to the train station to head back into Madrid. In Madrid we went to the Plaza de Toros and go through the building listening to an audio guide. It was amazing to see the inside of the stadium, walk on the bullfighting ring and learn about the history of bullfighting. This is the place in Madrid, that for 2 weeks every June they fight around 6 bulls each day. In the history of the ring, since 1930, only one bull has ...