Trip Start May 20, 2008
Trip End Jul 14, 2008

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Hello to all,
I sent out an update for the blog I entered last night.  My mom had to correct me on the access code--so I changed it.  It is now updated.  I put the US access code instead of Spain's access code.  Anyway, it should now work.

So, today we went to Toledo.  This place is so beautiful.  It is hard to believe how gorgeous it really is.  It is like a large town has just been dropped down in the middle of nowhere.  I must confess I had my doubts when they stopped the bus and told us to use the restroom--because there would be no options of doing this in Toledo.  Ok, what place would not have toilets??  Anyway, they were trying to make a point, and it worked.  There were really no public restrooms.  However, we did find that some restaurants had bathrooms--including--yep, McDonald's.  I am starting to think this place really is everywhere.  It's like Visa--everywhere you want to be.  Ok, back to Toledo.  The streets are winding, and everything (houses, streets, etc.) is still in it's original structures and design.  Everything is really made of stone.  There are many pieces of monuments to admire and many works of art you chance upon. 

Before entering the city, it is best to view it from across the Tajo river.  I have attached a picture of two of it.  It will describe itself.  Toledo is a major historic city.  It was once upon a time a "city of three cultures" where Jews, Muslims, and Christians used to live side by side--in harmony.  This explains the balanced mixture of art and architecture styles that can be safely called unique.

While we were in Toledo, we visited a few major historic places:  the Gothic Cathedral, Sinagoa de Santa Maria la Blanca (the white synagogue of St. Mary), and Sinagoga del Transito (a synagogue converted into a church for Catholics from the Jewish community).

The Gothic Cathedral was the most amusing thing to see.  It is really just called the Cathedral, but it is often referred to as Gothic because that is how the entire cathedral is designed.  The cathedral is among the largest and most magnificent in Spain.  It started being built in 1227 and was finally finis ed in 1493.  The interior was dark, vast, and gloomy in the Spanish style.  It had five naves and many chapels.  Unfortunately, I only have pictures from the outside---yeah, no cameras here either.  I was so surprised to see the amount of gold in the main chapel.  Of course it was gated, but there was pure gold mixed in wither everything.  There was something--as I am not familiar with many Catholic items--in the middle of the chapel that was pure gold--weighing in at almost 2 tons.  Yeah, that's just one item.  There was also gold mixed in with the plaster and brass on the ceilings, walls, and even the gates.  There was also a lot of paintings and murals here as well.

When we finished walking through the city--at least part of it.  We were given free time as usual.  It started pouring rain.  I didn't have an umbrella, but luckily for me a friend let me share :)  So, we went to this really good Italian restaurant and the pastry shop.  I once again did not buy anything, as I still cannot get over how expensive the Euro really is.

So that was almost my entire day.  I came back during siesta time (the time of day between 2-5 when most shops close, as people take naps) and slept an excessive amount--like 5 hours.  Dinner here starts between 10 and midnight and last until like 3.  It is 11:30 and I have not had dinner yet.  I guess I am starting to fit in with these Spanish people.

Another observation or two of Spain:  my favorite (which I will be bringing home with me) is "wee-fee."  This is how Wi-Fi is renounced, and it is just hilarious.  The major observation:  public display of affection has no boundaries.  Many young couple often make out on top of each other---everywhere.  It is so interesting because on the subway this happens, and the person a foot from them acts like it isn't happening.  They pay them no mind.  This would definitely not be accepted so easily in the U.S.

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leshiaward on

From Mom
So am I allowed to call you 'my little girl' on here or 'my baby'................anyway, the pictures are beautiful, they look like postcards. You did a great job.

leshiaward on

For anyone who is reading these updates about Keshia.......she moved today into her apartment in Basque Country. This is where she will be for the next 6 weeks studying. I talked to her a couple times today and she said she didn't know if she would have internet at the apartment. She said she would probably have to wait until she went to the college to update her blog. She goes tomorrow for Orientation.

She she is happy and looking forward to this next part of her trip.....Keep praying for her safety.
Thanks, Leshia

chincky on

Thinking of the rain in Spain gives me a pain in the brain. Your new apartment sounds great. The Pics are outstanding you can always fall back on a career as a photogapher. good luck.

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