Arriving in Spain
At Sydney Airport I met up with Anna whose flight for indonesia left 5 minutes after my flight to Spain. It was nice to catch up and chat about our respective trips before we both left. Whilst sitting there she spied James Brackin who we had a brief chat with. He would be in Japan skiing by now - I hope he stays injury free as the last time he was in Japan I was with him and he broke his collar bone on one of the first runs of the day.
Mum and I were very lucky to get upgraded to business class for the Sydney-Dubai part of the plane trip. Once in Dubai we only had a 2 hour wait before boarding to Madrid and at Madrid we had a few hours to wait before catching our train to Salamanca. Once we got off the train I was freezing as it was mid evening and all I was wearing was a t-shirt with a hoody and jeans. We shortly made it to the hotel, showered, and had an early evening as we were both exhausted.
The next morning I dressed like a marshmellow I had so many layers on. We went for a frosty walk around the old part of the town.
I should state that most of the town is the old part; it´s heritage listed. The whole city is a gorgeous golden colour and it looks stunning in the morning and afternoon sun. Part of one of the churches had to be restored and to show that the section was not authentic the builders carved this little guy into the building.
It was very peaceful wondering around in the winter sun. There is hardly a section of the town that is ugly.
The university is lovely, I could very happily study here. It is the oldest university in Spain and fourth oldest in Europe. As the locals say it is a very ´easy´ town.
Both days we have eaten in the Plaza Mayor and I have sat and attempted to paint.
So far we´ve both been pleased with our attempts to converse in Spanish. We have said very little besides ordering food but you need to start somewhere. In the next hour or so we will venture out for our first tapas then get an early night as we travel to Madrid tomorrow to start our language courses. I might read until then. My kindle has proven to be a very good purchase. It tells me that I am now 19% through the Count of Monte Cristo.