El albergue

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Friday, November 12, 2010

The warmth of Salamanca

The colors of fall gracefully framed the old Roman bridge, and the leaves were just begging to be raked into a big pile and jumped in.

Last weekend, I went on a last-minute jaunt over to the city of Salamanca with a friend for two days, already knowing that the place was known for having the oldest university in Spain, but not being prepared to find a town with the warmest atmosphere I have ever encountered.  Now, the actual temperature was not very high, especially on Sunday when it was overcast and drizzly, but the town exuded a gentle warmth of spirit that captured my heart.  Perhaps the main reason for this was the overall color of the town – yellow.  Nearly all the buildings in the old town were fashioned from a local stone that happened to be a delightful golden buttery color, and the trees were all putting on their autumn dress, presenting a unified front of glorious, warming yellow.  The people were friendly too, and there was a general feel of camaraderie and openness in the air.  So if you ever feel a slight chill inside, I highly recommend Salamanca – it will warm your heart and make you feel right at home.
It was an absolutely beautiful day, and I loved the way the cathedral towers were illuminated against the backdrop of the clear blue sky, so of course I had to take a picture :)
It didn't hurt my new-found love for Salamanca that there was an awesome book fair in the Plaza Mayor - I bought a book by Charles Dickens for only 3 euros and one by Juan Pablo Ortega for 2!
Of course, the Plaza Mayor was gorgeous even without taking that most awesome book fair into account...
It was really interesting to walk through the old University and imagine myself going to class in those rooms.  Well, I wouldn't have been able to, being a girl, but that's beside the point.
As we were getting ready to head back to Madrid, we found a mushroom exhibit in the streets outside the Plaza Mayor - how sweet is that?  It was a fun little end to a lovely weekend full of warm and happy memories.

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