Such a dilemma!
09.08.2009 - 09.08.2009 37 °C
Hello everyone. Well, after a week in southern Spain we have settled in nicely. It have been a long time since we have travelled in this carefree and independent manner. It is working out very well. No marital spats on any sort. The only problem is Marty doesn´t seem quite as interested as I do in shopping. Go figure.
We had a great time in Seville, due in part to our new friend, the owner of the Hotel Alminar - Francisco. He just made our stay there even more special. Last night we were fortunate to spend an hour at an authentic Flamenco show. Nothing too touristy or expensive - for around 20 dollars we were seated in a small house that had been converted to a theater. A small stage and 98 others, including two obnoxious Americans behind us - oh well, there aren´t too many of them travelling in Europe right now. Anyway so amazing. A Spanish guitar player, a female singer, a female dancer and a male dancer. I haven´t really ever seen that much flamenco and I am by no means an expert but I was entranced withtheir physical abilities. Who knew you could work up such a sweat just by clapping (that would be the male dancer I spoke of in my title). Then he got to dance and got even sweatier.....oh my. The weather continues to be bery hot (37 or 38 degrees everyday) so I will continue to travel with my sweaty Canadian!
We took the high speed train today to Cordoba, our last stop in southern Spain - we leave for Barcelona tomorrow afternoon. This afternoon we toured the Mequitza. The Calgary Herald reported that it is the number one underrated structure from an architectural standpoint and I would have to agree. Here, in the middle of town you have this Moorish (Arab) mosque that took two centuries to build. When the Spanish reconquered the area the Christians (for some stupid reason) built the largest, most over the top church right in the middle of the mosque. It is quite the sight to see - Moorish carvings amongst Christian altars and paintings.
We had a bomberos truck go by us today (yes, the bomb squad) Nothing too important I hope. Maybe just an old Spaniard who left his ham wrapped in brown paper near the Mequitza!
Most of the stores are closed today as it is Sunday so we are taking it easy - a bit of a down day. Will get cleaned up and out for a late dinner at some bodega or another. We haven´t had a bad meal since we arrived. And after a week we are speaking Spanish in an acceptable manner, numbers, food, drinks, directions, taxis - no problemo.
We did finally have a short post from Calin. He is Switzerland and having a blast. I see the temperature is sloly rising in Calgary. STay warm - we can compare tans when we get back - HA!