Consuegra – the giants of Don Quixote

Consuegra

“- Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth.
– What giants?- asked Sancho Panza.
-The ones you can see over there – answered his master – with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long.
– Now look, your grace – said Sancho – what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.
– Obviously – replied Don Quixote – you don’t know much about adventures.” 

Miguel de Cervantes

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Los Patones de Arriba – journey through time

I remember my first month in Madrid, one spent in a hotel and when I was essentially involuntarily unemployed without access to my PC. The hotel’s internet connection left a lot to be desired, and so I spent lots of my time out in the field. It wasn’t quite the season for sitting down in the park with a good book and so I found myself wandering around the city, trying to get to know it (take a look at some of my earlier blog entries).

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Porto – a rainy day in Portugal

This is part 2 of our weekend trip to Portugal. For part 1, click here.

In hearing about Porto, I’m guessing that you’re imagining pretty, colourful townhouses situtated on the hills, lights glistening in the Douro river, blue skies, the Ponte Luis I bridge against the backdrop of a setting sun…

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Mercado Productores – idea for the weekend – Matadero Madrid

For some time now we have been planning to go to the Matadero in Madrid. This is an old slaughterhouse which has been converted in to a culture and art center. The interesting architecture from the beginning of the 20th century is home to exhibitions, shows and many other forms of contemporary art, but not only this. It’s also home to a regular “Mercado de Productores” where you’ll find producers of organic food from around Madrid selling their goods. The market is held over one weekend each month.

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