More Spanish Street Art

We’re back in Madrid this week and enjoying just walking around – there is no lack of interesting barrios to visit

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And this one in Alcala da Henares (birthplace of Cervantes) with a nod to Don Quixote

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And I love this symbol of the University of Alcala showing the storks that you see everywhere on tall buildings throughout the city

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Salamanca Street Art

As part of our Spanish class this week we had an ‘art treasure hunt’ in the ‘Del Oeste’ neighborhood of Salamanca with a number of classmates. The Barrio Del Oeste is well-known for an abundance of art and I had a great time walking around.

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This is a detail from a poster on a wall, not an actual art piece, but I liked the way it looked

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The following shots are from other locations in Salamanca. It truly is an amazing city to visit. History everywhere you look and the city is always changing – never static.

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Another Day, Another Ham

I knew ham was important in Spain but I had no idea how important until we had spent a few weeks here. It’s part of every celebration and seemingly every dish, and it is wonderful. Here it is being served at the fiesta at our school – ‘Jornada de Puertas Abiertas’ or Open House

My Morning Walk In Salamanca

Salamanca is our home for 2 weeks as we attend our second language school. It is a beautiful, compact city with a lot of history and it’s a bit amazing that I get to walk through it every day.

Following are a few pictures of my walk from our apartment to the school.

I approach the Plaza Mayor through one of the historic gates every morning

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The Plaza Mayor is prettier at night when it is illuminated but I like it when the delivery vans have arrived to make their early morning deliveries. After a few weeks in Spain I’m sure that the most important thing to replenish is the ham!

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There are multiple historic figures arrayed around the Plaza. I tell myself I will read about each one, but I haven’t done it yet

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I’m always encountering street art in Spain – along with graffiti of course

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A short walk North of the Plaza Mayor I always enjoy the elegance of this building

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And, of course, there are churches and cathedrals galore in Spain. Below is the Parroquia de San Juan de Sahagún

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And the doors often intrigue me the most

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And just before I arrive at school I pop in at the Vasco de Gama cafe. I figure it was good enough for him it will work for me, too

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