Late again, I know. But where were we? Ahhh yes, my birthday (January 26)! Birthdays are always great fun and this one did not disappoint.
Some fun highlights of the day itself:
-Had to work, obviously since it was a Thursday, but the director of my school played the Beatles singing “Happy Birthday” over the loudspeaker in my honor. Got lots of birthday wishes, besos and love from my colleagues and students.
-Came home to an ENORMOUS bouquet of lilies, irises and daisies from my fiancé, Jake and a sweet note. He is pretty much amazingly awesome and knows very well how much I delight in getting flowers.
-For all the faults of Facebook, it sure is fun on your birthday. I was overwhelmed by a mountain of birthday messages from family and friends in the U.S., friends in Spain and friends from the world-over and in several different languages, to boot! It was seriously splendid.
-Went out with a few friends for tapas (my favorite meal, of course) and hung out with a bunch of people at a friend’s flat before catching a 1:30 a.m. train to Toledo. I was fortunate beyond REASON and lucked out with the day after my birthday being a fiesta…meaning NO SCHOOL!
So we used the time to a bit of traveling. We spent all day in Toledo, which, though rainy and foggy, was quite amazing. It’s a gorgeous, medieval looking walled city that actually used to be the capital of Spain prior to Madrid. Here…just let the pictures do the talking.
The next day we headed to Segovia— an easy daytrip from Madrid and a worthwhile one, I would say. It’s not a huge city by any means, but it’s worth the visit to see the awesomely old Roman aqueducts (built in the 1st century….FIRST CENTURY!) and the incredible fairy tale-looking castle that is the Alcázar. We did, however, nearly freeze our hind-parts off. I recommend going in sometime other than winter! 🙂
Last but not least…we had attempted to get churros con chocolate about 5 times during the trip —and either the place didn’t have them, we got there and they were closed, or what have you. But finally…FINALLY we found some in Madrid and sat enjoying them in a park for the two hours we had till our connecting bus.