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Extremadura, Lisbon

Extremadura, Lisbon

  Mérida Roman ruins we saw. Had a little gladiator battle. That’s about it. Évora, Portugal  This was a little town that had this dope chapel called Capela dos ossos (Capilla de los Huesos, Chapel of bones). It’s a tiny chapel inside a Franciscan church, and the walls and columns and everything are covered by human bones. Neatest thing I’ve seen on this trip. Sintra, Portugal […]

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Salamanca and Ávila

Salamanca and Ávila

Avila In Ávila there’s a big wall. There’s also nearby the convent where Santa Teresa (mystical Santa Teresa, Renaissance era) started up and had a lot of her visions and things. In Ávila they have her arm and some other things in glass relic containers. Poor her, body all raided for the worship of the individual parts. Unfortunately the place was closed and we didn’t […]

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Mercado Cervantino (Renaissance Fair (fare?))

Mercado Cervantino (Renaissance Fair (fare?))

This week was the Cervantes Market, the largest renaissance fare (fair?) in Europe. It was a Mediterranean renaissance fair though, so not exactly what I pictured beforehand: there were camel rides, kabob and falafel stands, hookah lounges (woooo hoooo), and other attractions. They were selling stoner scented incense burners: There were nutty people dressed and made-up with the plague (the black one, that is): I […]

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More things around Madrid and Alcalá

More things around Madrid and Alcalá

el Prado On Oct 1, we did a partial tour of the Prado with Dr. Rosenberg (the same BYU professor that showed us around Toledo). The Prado is the national museum of art here in Spain, made up mostly of what was (or maybe still is?) the royal art collection. Some consider it the best art museum in the world. It’s pretty amazing. Dr. Rosenberg […]

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Toledo

Toledo

“You need two years to learn to speak and sixty to learn to shut up.” According to this roof terrace in Madrid, that’s Ernest Hemingway. I don’t really think he was the first to say it, but it’s neat that they think so. Pretty lame roof terrace though. Lame music, lame company. And it was raining. I didn’t stay long. Toledo But that weekend we […]

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Valencia

Valencia

We spent the weekend in la Comunidad Valenciana in the city of Valencia in the country of Spain in the region of Iberia in the continent of Europe on the planet Earth in the solar system This One in the galaxy Milky Way that goes sprawling and wriggle on a pin under a dresser somewhere. We hit the Lladró factory on Thursday around noon. This […]

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Madrid Things, Segovia

Madrid Things, Segovia

Sobrino de Botín, Madrid I went to the oldest restaurant in the world (Guiness book of world records certified) by myself this week as part of the Ernest Hemingway pilgrimage that inevitably entangles itself with my travels to Spain. He was a frequenter of the restaurant. I ate some delicious incredibly soft roast piglet and a nice cake and was waiting for my ~40 euro […]

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Northern Spain

Northern Spain

This week we went North: Monday, León; Tuesday and Wednesday, Oviedo; Thursday, Santiago de Compostela; Friday, Islas de Cies; Saturday, bus ride back to Madrid. León The first thing we saw was the Colegiata de San Isidoro. The tour guide compared the ceilings to the Sistine Chapel; they are original paintings from the 11th century and beautiful. I’ve never been to the Sistine Chapel, so […]

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Alcalá de Henares

Alcalá de Henares

We had most of the day free today and so I went into Madrid to the Museo Reina Sofia to see Guernica. Experience of pain and anguish like seeing the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. The mother more than crying, more than weeping the loss of her child; the man parted; the horse in death; the bull and the angel share looks of surprise at horror; the other […]

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Barajas, Madrid

Well, I’m trying very tirelessly to be tired and sleep. Arrived yesterday around 4pm, got room here at Clements hotel. It’s nice. Got my SIM card and went to Campanilla for a small meal. Delicious, delicious, delicious. The man there, Pepe, was amiable and welcoming. He gave me a lot of free food on top of the food and water I paid for, and he […]

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