Trip Start May 20, 2008
21Trip End Jul 14, 2008
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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
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
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
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.