Spain Day 3 - BBQ & Orena
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
77Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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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
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
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
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.