Sunshine, siestas, sangria - Spain!

Trip Start Feb 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 14, 2007

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Spain has been really great, after getting out of Madrid as quickly as possible we have headed to Sergovia, 2 hours north of the capital, onthe recommendation of 2 Spanish boys in Ireland. Always good to take local advice :)
The language barrier has been a real shock, we thought we were doign ok, but when they rabbit back to us, and it doesnīt contain the keyword we are expecting, weīre screwed! But getting there slowly, and probably a good intro to South America I suppose.
Itīs been really nice here, Sergovia is a world heritage listed city coz it has an aqueduct from Roman times, which is amazingly dominant in the town, huge, and still in great nick, they didnīt use mortar or anything, and it goes for 15kms. Amazing, clever little people those Romans! There are a million old churches all around the place so we have been wandering the streets checking out the architecture, in singlet tops which is a real novelty, and just absorbing the great scenes. Every house is cool, with shutters and patterns in the rendering. I reckon this is as cool as Prague, and it reminds me of Oz a bit too, the dry earth, and you can tell it gets absolutely baking in summer, lurvely.
Also not very touristy, local tourism mostly, hence the lack of English anywhere (very good for us). But chaos trying to get trains etc.
Now, the food as always, its superb, lots of jamon (like prosciuto) and tapas galore. Out here you get free tapas with every drink that you order, so you can try all the delights from beneath the glass. And sometimes things that donīt look so appetizing... They eat heaps of pig, the speciality of the town is roast suckling pig, you see them flattened out in windows everywhere poor little pigs, and pig legs hang from every ceiling. they love it. So does Simon after a week of vegetarianism!
And the wine is great, weīve really appreciated it after being in many non-wine counties for a while. Canīt get enough, except that I have picked up a head cold so trying to be a bit healthier and booze less (so hard when youīre always on holidays!)
Tomorrow weīre back to Madrid, then Barcelona to check out Gaudiīs architecture, which will be good, but again city blah blah. Really looking fwd to getting this city hop done and not having to move around so frequently, itīs killer.
Other cool things about Spain - the mannequins they have in the windows are actual, normal size women, really makes you look twice which is sad that itīs so unusual, but I think perhaps Spain were the first to ban the size zero models? and prehaps this is an extension of this? Really great anyway.
And the SPanish are so vibrant and noisy and chatty, itīs a real change from Sweden where thepeople are quite similar to ENglish in their manners and general way. It seems really alive here.
Well must fly, we have finally burnt a CD of the last few weeks so expect a pictures online SOON. the Sweden ones are great....
Adios me amigos,
Love always,
Jill and Simon x xx
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