Saturday, November 05, 2005

Cabo de Palos...

...is where we now are, but so much happened since I last wrote in Madrid. Thanks to the hospitality of Paul and Jes, we have been able to experience many sides of the capital. We figured that we must include a Real Madrid game and saw them play Valencia- a very exiting game. The group of men in the row in front of us were so into the game that one cracked his head on the metal bar behind him from his uncontrollable spasms. Even though the players were quite far away, it was much more exiting than watching it on TV.
What else...we took 2 day trips, one to Toledo where the special minerals in the river there have been used to make swords for centuries. Every other window is full of swords and knives and makes every man regress to about 8 years old. Scott and Paul even had a choreographed sword-fight that ended up with 2 broken umbrellas.

Scott and I headed to Segovia for a day as well, to see the aqueduct and the castle while avoiding getting blown into the moat with the strong wind. In the city itself we also made it to the museum of anthropology which was very interesting, but I think even an anthro major like me gets to a saturation point when after a while, all the displays blur together into endless glass cases of chunks of pottery and shards of rock, with confusing maps and arrows. The better displays were that of the Mudejar art and architecture.

One highlight was going to a convent where cloistered nuns sell sweets. It was a mini-adventure, you buzz the button that says ¨nuns¨, then over the speaker a nun tells you how to follow the arrows in the dark corridors to find the place to buy the pastries. Once there, there is a lazy-susan type of thing, so you can´t see the nun behind it, but you can hear her and you spin the thing with your money and she spins it again and you get your treats. We took some photos and felt sort of bad, but, she couldn´t see us unless they have some sort of convent security-camera.

Scott and Paul finally opted not to get the leg of ham, mostly because they have fine taste, and the kind they wanted costs 130 Euros a kilo. These pigs get their own pasture and eat only acorns for the last 5 years of their lives. It really is delicious and luckily enough, we have been able to try some, though I must say I am slowly reaching my limit of pork products here. Scott on the other hand seems to have become somewhat of a porkivore, and justifies it by the avian flu. Sure.

We went to see two bands from Seattle and Portland, which was very fun- we ended up going to hang out with them after the venue was turning into a dance party of 16 year olds. Scott and I had a 7 am bus to catch the next morning, so we made the clear choice of staying up all night, watching Zoolander while we packed. I coninue to be amazed by these Spaniards- how do they stay up all night and function the next day?! At 4 am we saw people twice our age tottering home from the bars, and these were not ¨drunks¨either, they were the same older women who grumble about prices and cut in front of you at the grocery store, then you see them early in the morning, singing and having a great time. Maybe that´s why they are so crabby during the day. Anyways, Scott and I made it to the first metro of the day, at 6am on a Saturday and assumed we would be the only ones on it. Actually, the station was packed with teenagers returning from ¨Botellon¨, basically, drinking in the parks all night with hundreds of other teenagers. It was interesting to see these partying kids, most of them either still wasted or passed out by this point, on the same metro as people fresh from the shower going to work and reading the newspaper. I guess Scott and I were somewhere in between...

We arrived in Cartegena (after sleeping most of the 6-hour ride) and it was WARM! The day began and I was wearing jeans and a down jacket, and by the time we got to Cabo de Palos, I was in a tank top and a skirt. This area is interesting because it seems that many ex-pats have made their homes here on the coast. Because of this, the announcements in the grocery store, the menus etc. are in English- something we were not used to hearing. We also got a fun treat last night- we have been watching TV at times here just because it is a novelty, futbol, etc. Last night we saw a program in English that was hilarious. It was just like the Saturday Night Live sketch of the 2 NPR ladies. It was these 2 women from England, sitting in a room somewhere with a Spanish flag in the background and about 10 paper plates with indistinguishable blobs on them. It turns out it was a regular language program and it literally went like this,
lady #1- Which fish would you like to learn the parts on?
lady#2- well, I´m not going to touch them, but this one doesn´t smell so bad.
#1-OK, this is the head, and you will remember from our lesson of the body parts that it is called the CABEZA
#2- CABEZA
#1- CA-BE-ZA
#2- CA-BE-ZA
#1- Cabeza
#2- Cabeza
#1- right, Cabeza
#2- hmmm. Cabeza
#1-yes.
#2-well, I won´t be eating that.

Riveting. We watched the whole thing and now it is our second favorite European show after the life-size puppets and wandering news reporters.
In the next week we will be exploring the area more with my mom and stepdad, in a car! What luxury. Until later...now we are headed to the Mar Menor for some cleansing salt/mud scrubs.

2 Comments:

Blogger Nades said...

I think I probably should have grown up in Spain. check my blog to see my costume you missed out on seeing at Halloween. www.nades-sf.blogspot.com

4:55 PM  
Blogger Brian Patrick said...

Yo...

Hope you guys are having a B L A S T.... It was so great getting a Friday PM call from you guys with Jess & Paul... Hey, will you guys bring me back a bottle of STRONG absinthe for Christmas??? Le puy's tail is twitchin' for the Le fee Verte... Send one back with Devin & Kate too, now that I think about it...

Have a great weekend...

B.\ :)

11:20 AM  

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