Spain Day 3 - BBQ & Orena

Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
Trip End Sep 01, 2008

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Today's plans ... enjoy our village, do a nice little BBQ, and have the kids play in the yard.

Today we decided that for the rest of our trip we are going to try to eat like Spaniards. Small breakast, big lunch, late dinner. We have also successfully adjusted to the time change. Last night, we left the kids' blinds open so that the sun light would wake them. They got up at 10:15am. Pretty much right on since they got to bed after midnight. I'm hoping we can stay to this schedule. Everything is done later at night this time of year in Spain, so we don't want them crashing at their normal 8pm bedtime, ya know?

After tea and bread, we took a stroll down to the Ayuntamiento (town hall) where the local public library, and my internet!, is located. They are usually open M -F from 9am - 3pm, but they were closed yesterday because of the holiday being celebrated in Pie de Concha.

I've decided I will try to take some photos of Pie de Concha, or else I'm sure I will forget most of this. Just before we head out we see two bulls strolling in front of our house, followed by a little red eurocar. Yesterday, we experienced the 'walking of the bulls' ... heheh... there were approximately 12 bulls being corralled through our streets directly in front of our house. Totally crazy.

Pie de Concha ROCKS. On the one hand, we are on the Calzada Romana (Roman road) that goes for miles... our street has an age old cathedral, cemetery, and all sorts of historical sights and the streets are lined with sheep pastures, farms, and bulls relaxing in the sun. And yet, here we are heading to the library where we can hop right online, check email, make free phone calls and video chat around the world via Skype.

We walk in to the town hall and its empty, with the library doors locked. This isn't the first time we've found stores and businesses closed even when the sign on the front door shows that they should be open. With a little exploring, we find somebody who agrees to help us ... she gives us the key to the library and after about ten minutes of messing with the systems we get connected. Perfecto! Samuel's wildest dreams become fulfilled .... he gets to play ToonTown Online while I work. Janice hops on MySpace and her email. And Ella cruises Nick Jr and browses the local collection of children's books. What a wonderfully perfect village this is. Seriously.

The last thing to test is if there is service in the later part of the evening so I can talk with my peeps in the States. I'm hoping I can come by with a full laptop battery and connect via Wi-Fi (wee-fee here in Espana) even though the library will be closed. Picture me outside in the dark with my little headset on talking to my computer. Pretty funny. I'll test it later tonight.

Work is done for now ... back to the house to BBQ some grub. I've been marinating the fish and beef in marinades with orange juice, garlic, onion, and ginger for the past 36 hours. And we have some ribs I plan to slow roast. Janice prepares a fresh salad and cooks us some rice. Just like the Spaniards, a big ol' lunch for our tummies. Leftovers for the next couple of days to help keep within budget. Martin left us some special bread, a local favorite and speciality. Kind of like a really sweet corn bread / cheescake combo. I love it. Good news for me is that Janice and the kids hate it.

After cleaning up, we head out to another local town ... Molledo ... and perhaps back to Miengo for some more beach time. Molledo is another great little town. Very similar to Pie de Concha. But no internet here, at least ... they aren't open. I swear their adherence to opening and closing times is frustrating as can be. ARGH.

On we go towards Miengo, but I see a cool looking town and we venture in to Orena. Another pit stop for the kids to play ... and we find an amazing medieval bridge that has been kept up/restored so well that its still able to be crossed with our car. Great fun.

Back to Miengo for fun in the sun and me to work a bit. We run in to a traveling Billabong bus festival thing
promoting Women's surfing. Lo' and behold ... we hearthe sound of capoeira! Yes, a lesson right on the beach free for all. Magen would be in hog heaven! Billabong event is free ... but only to the girls in the program. Basically, Billabong did an online promotion giving food, entertainment, and free surf lessons to women in Spain. They are doing like 6 stops.We just happened to hit the stop here in Northern Spain. I tried to enter with the kids while Janice was online in the hotel, but we were rejected. As we walked around the outside of the fence, a really nice woman, Carmen, ran over and offered the kids ice cream. She spoke English and we got to talking ... and ultiately gave us free passes AND a free Billabong Australia hat to Samuel. Too cool. So, we got to see the surfboard collection, play in the bouncy house stuff, and of course ... the free ice cream.

Back home we go to crash. Another great day in the books.
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burtmommie on

We met your Spanish counterparts
Hey guys!

We just met the folks staying at your house. They are really nice. They liked the Farmer's Market basket I left there but were unsure how to cook the string beans ;)

The best thing was, Lali kept saying how 'joven' I looked (YEAH!) and then at the end of our visit Martin asked Ron if he was the younger brother of Janice! So...naner naner naner at you younguns! :)

Erica was over helping them figure out your crazy complicated TV and answering all their questions about the house...they seem to be settling in fine there (but looked exhuasted from all the traveling -- you know how that is!).

It was nice to meet them!

Glad to read that you guys are having a great time there as well. I'm so curious to hear your thoughts on France after your experience in Spain.

Muchos smooches! Keep having a relaxing, bonding time together! You have a wonderful family and I am so happy you've had this extended time to slow down and enjoy each other. We are headed out of town ourselves in a few days for Yellowstone! Old Faithful here we come!


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