Posts in Spain 2013

Unlocking the Secrets of Segovia

Spain is a nation filled with beautiful towns and cities and Segovia, which we visited yesterday, is a jewel among them. In the shadow of the Guardarrama mountains (think For Whom the Bell Tolls), Segovia is the home of the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain, the Alcazar castle, and many convents and monasteries (including […]

Eating High on the Hog in Toledo

Yesterday was packed with food, drink and incredibly beautiful sites. At 9 a.m. we boarded our bus to travel to Spain’s ancient capital, Toledo. The rhythms of our flamenco experience from the night pounded away in our memory but began to fade as we drove south while listening to a lecture that centered our attention […]

Leaving Madrid for Toledo

We didn’t get back from our flamenco show until 1 a.m., so everyone needed a wake-up call to be ready for our 9 a.m. departure for Toledo, the ancient capital of Visigothic Spain. On our hour’s drive to Toledo, our guide Juan shared, with Gallic thoroughness, his vision of the Spanish Reconquista.  More to come […]

Saint Randy Day

Today is Saint Randy Day.  That is to say, it is Randy’s 50th birthday. In the Latin world, people are often named after the saint’s day they are born on. Saint Randy is the patron saint of happy historians and racquetball players – no arrows, no flaying, no martyrdom and no visions of Borgesian libraries […]

Hola from the Iberian Peninsula

Last night, our group traveling with Colby-Sawyer’s Alumni Travel Program boarded a flight bound for Madrid.  This morning, we landed in the land of churros (Spanish-style donuts best eaten with hot cocoa), Don Quixote and Penelope Cruz. In the 1500s, Spain ruled the high seas and was one of the world’s most powerful nations.  Today, […]