Video summary of a trip to our friends’ house in the modest fishing and beach village of Santa Pola. Highlights include a day trip to Tabarca, an island once a refuge for pirates. And meal after meal of arroz a banda, rice cooked in fish stock, a delicacy in Alicante province. It’s definitely a cousin dish to Valencian paella but with fewer goodies and rice that seems a bit less sticky.
For me, one of the best parts of traveling is experiencing something that you don’t normally see back home. And often times, the most memorable moments are unplanned and encountered completely by chance.
Spain has so many cool towns. Some are strikingly beautiful but reside in the middle of flat, unremarkable landscapes. Sevilla and Cordoba come to mind that fit this mold. Other towns like Granada and Ronda benefit by their naturally beautiful surroundings that add romance to their otherwise nondescript downtowns.
Segovia has a bit of both going for it. Vistas of snow-capped peaks in the distance and a hilly topography accentuate the prime features that make up its dramatic skyline. One that includes an 8th century city wall, a Gothic cathedral, and a whimsical fortress that was said to inspire Cinderella’s castle. Oh, and on the other side of town is a nearly 2000 year-old Roman water carrying device.
Last year we spent Easter week (Semana Santa) in our hometown of Granada. This year we decided to change things up and experience it in a different part of the country. With some friends from the U.S. in tow, we made a week-long trek to the autonomous communities of Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León.
So we’re over a year and a half into our multi-year adventure and I’ve been keeping a list of “Spaniardisms” that have struck me as funny in the eyes of this North American. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.