This is a man in Segovia playing some sort of hurdy gurdy that looked as though he might have handcrafted it. This was probably one of the best things I have ever seen.
Here is a picture of some planes flying over head at the military parade at Dia de la Hispanidad in Madrid, October 11th, I think. I upped the colors, but the jet trails really were red and yellow.
A little aside… I almost bought a flag at this parade, but I am glad I didn’t. As I am sure you know, fascism still falls under the category of relatively recent history in Spain. The flag seemed to die with Franco. Throughout the twentieth century, it served as a symbol of the extreme nationalism of Francoism (ISM ism ism). When people looked for a change in government and ideology, they For example, even though this was a military parade, no one was wearing red and yellow. They were selling flags, but it certainly wasn’t universal. You were definitely not going to find anyone wearing some bastardized Spanish version of the lovely american flag pant.
I am inclined to make a few more comparisons, but I think the slides do it for me.
Here is the Temple of Debod, Madrid. Donated by Egypt to Spain (Nasser to Franco) in 1968. They dragged it all the way up to Madrid when the Aswan Dam was being built, but I feel like there is some strange fascist/Pan-Arab diplomacy going on here that I am dying to learn more about.
I am going to post a few study abroad photos, because I am too embarrassed to post them anywhere else… This is el Fuente de Angel Caido in El Parque de Retiro, Madrid.
Hey-ho. Just looking for a place to post some thoughts from time to time. Maybe an occasional photo. Nothing ambitious here. Hope you all enjoy!