This summer, I decided to do a 5 day visit to one of my favorite countries in the world…ESPANA!:) I used to come here often when I was much younger and it’s always been a place that almost feels like home. (Could it be because we were under their rule for hundreds of years?!?) It also helps that I have family here, so having a place to stay for free makes it much more attractive for the kuripot traveler in me. Since I’ve done the touristy things before, it was nice to have just a steady weekend as a local Madrileno. I spent the whole weekend immersing myself in Madrid and Toledo with my cousin Inigo. We practically grew up together. My sister and I would sleepover in their home in Dasma every weekend when we were kids. The 3 of us would stay up working on Inigo’s elaborate Lego structures all night and we’d steal his comic books and read them under the covers. Now, Inigo is very successful in the environment-management industry here in Madrid..a major upgrade from Lego-builder and Archie-collector. Haha! I’m so happy he took time out from his busy schedule to show me around and babysit me all week 🙂
Toledo, or as they call it here “La Ciudad Imperial” has a very interesting vibe. It’s a mix of different cultures and religions. Centuries ago, this was where the Spanish-Jews, Muslims, and Romans all lived. Bits of town feels very Middle Eastern then just a few blocks away you’ll find a glorious Gothic cathedral just shouting “Surprise! Surprise!”. I especially enjoyed visiting the synagogues around town..the architecture was just so intricate and even if it was centuries old, it still felt very contemporary. I even picked up a few design ideas for my future flat! I think I shall have a synagogue inspired apartment! Sweet! 🙂 I also loved visiting the house of EL GRECO himself and seeing the Burial of The Count of Orgaz up close. Inigo had to translate everything to me in English because all the captions were in Spanish! Di bale, Inigo, akong bahala sa pag-translate pag Bisaya yung captions! I’ve got this. Hehe.
We also bought some local Mazapan, which is famous in Toledo. It’s a pastry that’s usually served as a Christmas treat. It’s made with sugar and almond meal. We visited a little convent and purchased them from the nuns! Holy Mazapan!
Been getting lots of kind reviews about my amateur bidyos..Awww!! 🙂 Gumagaling na ako little by little..still trying to figure out all the little buttons on my I-Movie. Thanks for being so encouraging though, will try to shoot some more in the coming days 🙂 Abangan niyo na, I’m gonna be the next JJ Abrams-Jerry Bruckheimer! NOT!