I found a great property for sale... should I?? ;-)
Bull fight advertising in a village.. wasn't sure but they seem to still be popular!
I love the back roads.. it appears that life is good out here.. and definitely more authentic than the toursity areas I was just at in Palma and Barcelona, however not taking away from how much I loved those places as well!
They took me through some beautiful back roads surrounding Madrid and met with a couple more friends at a very special authentic Spanish restaurant in a small town.
I ran out of business cards, and she wanted my website.. written on money.. okay!
After that amazing lunch, we set off for another town nearby to see a very large and famous Roman aqueduct.. gee whiz!! Those Romans gets around!
Anyway, this freestanding aqueduct in Segovia is evidence of the medieval periods prosperity and was built long before there was a town around it. Alberto tells me it stands today without ever having a need for re-build. That amazes me, as it looks like something that could come down easy in an earthquake or war! Could we do the same today?? Even with modern machinery??
Ducking for cover during a little rain shower!
Now for another day.. Alberto and Susana keep talking me in to staying!! There's more to see! They want to show me the city of Madrid, just a quick look around in their very cool convertible. Nice little change!
Entertainment on the square is.... entertaining! This one made me scream and jump (too many people saw me and laughed). The head in the middle is the real guy, I wasn't sure, and then he abruptly pushed the box up at me with some weird scary noise.. I screamed.. he turned his head like this in the photo and says.. very loudly.. "Besame!!" (Kiss Me!!) Oh my gawwdd... I sat with my beer and watched this guy quite a lot. He truly was disturbing on a continuous basis.. Could he be that good of an actor is this his way of being who he really is and making money at it.. ???
And a quick look of the old city.. very impressive clean city.. despite all the upset in city centers at the moment!~ All of the cities so far.. A lot of protests due to unemployment.
They are reporting 5 million people unemployed in Spain. I'm not sure what protesting would do to create jobs. Plus the country is on the verge of bailout from the European union. A real mess and Alberto explains to me that the country as a whole has very little industry to rely on compared to other countries. And he doesn't see any change to this situation soon.
And a look at the new Madrid! These high rises are built on the old Madrid Real (soccer team) site.. which if I understand was sold when they bought "David Beckham"! They've since relocated.
I love Spain.. Love it love it love it! Besides these great people who took me in from a BMW forum!! Who'da thought!? They are the best hosts and I really got a lot out of my stay with them.. To live in their home for 4 days!!! and experience their family life, super yummy Andalucian food.. Susana!! Regions are different, and she is originally from Andalucia.. I felt like I was actually was staying with family.. lucky me!! I do hope they come to Australia someday so I can return the favor..