El Escorial and Segovia

El Escorial and Segovia 1

Time for another travel post! One weekend in June, I traveled to two cities close to Madrid, El Escorial and Segovia.  In El Escorial, we went to the Basilica, which was really cool. It actually had several museums, which included pieces by artists like El Greco.  There was also an architecture section that showed the original plans of the basilica, including the courtyards and underground structure.  After wandering about there for a bit, we had lunch at a little restaurant off the main street- bocadillo de calamares, yumm! We also wanted to go to La valle de los caídos, where Franco is buried, but unfortunately it was closed for construction.  As we were driving away, I did see the huge cross that marks the valley, way up in the mountains.

The next day, we traveled to Segovia, and saw the Roman aqueducts (I have this pretty cool picture of the aqueducts where a car is driving right through!), the cathedral, and the alcazár that they say Walt Disney modeled the castle in Sleeping Beauty after. I liked Segovia, but I didn’t love it. I am glad I went though, because I wanted to last year but I didn’t get a chance. It was a busy weekend, but it was fun getting out the city for the day and then being able to come back to our apartment at night. Pics below!

El Escorial

El Escorial

El Escorial

Roman Aqueduct in Segovia

Roman Aqueduct in Segovia

Segovia

Cathedral in Segovia

Mushroom Top

I’ve been at my cousin’s house for a few days now. The day I got in, I was too tired to do anything but lie on the couch and watch tv.  Same goes for the day after that. Today though, I vowed to get up, shower, and… I took out my braids! I washed my hair and everything and currently my cousin is straightening it for me. Right now, only part of my hair is straightened, so the bottom part is all smooth and silky and the top part is completely in its natural state, so it’s a huge afro! This is the first time in a long time that I’m letting my hair “breathe.” Normally, the turnover between one set of braids and another is no more than 24 hours, which everyone continuously tells me is not healthy for my hair. It just got to the point where I was so tired of the braids that I had to take them out immediately, so I did, and I don’t plan to get them done again for at least two more weeks. Who knows what I’ll do with my hair in-between then?! The plan for tomorrow is to leave the house, and I really want to pick up some yarn so I can start my new project. If that happens tomorrow, it will be the subject of my first knitting post. Also, travel post about days trip from Madrid coming right up!

Soria…

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been without internet for the past few days. This is just a quick update to let everyone know that I’m alive and my next post will be from London! On to the next one…