Spain part 2: Riglos and Alquezar
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
29Trip End Feb 15, 2011
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Sam: We have spent the last few weeks back in Rodellar. When we arrived here, we both had a cold, so instead of returning to the Refugio bunkhouse, we've been living it up in our very own apartment. It is probably the nicest long-term accommodation we've stayed in since leaving home. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living area. Every room has heating and there is a fabulous reception area which has a great bar, beautiful couches, a fireplace, wifi, great coffee and a small shop. (Lee: just a small step up from our days in the tent. This place reminds me of a ski lodge.)
Friends we met in the States a couple of months ago (Alex and Magali) came here for about 10 days and we had a ball hanging out with them (Lee: This was the couple who cooked Aussie lamb for us in Salt Lake)
As part of our recovery plan (i.e. me needing a break from all climbing-related activities), we decided to hit the road and explore some more of this beautiful region of Spain. Last week, we spent a day in Alquezar, a small medieval town situated on a limestone outcrop that features an amazing castle, cobblestone streets, some great restaurants and breathtaking scenery. You must park your car on the outskirts and wander through the town on foot. Our three course lunch here was definitely memorable... shellfish pasta, asparagus quiche, chicken stew, suckling pig and home-made plum pudding!
We now have about two weeks left in Spain, which is probably fortunate given the weather predictions.... apparently it is going to snow here on Monday! Perhaps we should start looking for materials from which we can craft a snowboard (or at least some chains for the car)? We'll keep you posted!