Anyway, the most recent money-stealing expedition was to Segovia, which was kind of exactly like Toledo, except it had a cooler castle and no marzipan-making nuns. Also, there were much fewer bathrooms, which resulted in me having to unceremoniously sprint down a hill and into a ditch to berate myself for having drank a cup of tea, 16 oz of water, and a medium-sized Dunkin Donuts iced coffee (yeaaah, they have that here) before arriving in Segovia.
|Kat ever so kindly took pictures of me as I sprinted off into the wilderness|
|Speaking of altarpieces...|
(Iglesia de la Vera Cruz)
|It's really hard to photograph something so massive...|
|Remus & Romulus statue|
|Streets of |
The most interesting part of the morning was when we all almost stepped on this dead pigeon lying in the street. It looked so peaceful, I had to take a picture of it. And of course, blog said picture.
The next stop was La Sinagoga Mayor, which, like every synagogue we've been to, was converted into a Catholic church after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, so there are like three hidden stars of David and then four thousand crucifix statues and paintings of Mary. They are also kind of cheaply remodeled, because after the Jews were expelled, Spain's economy tanked (go figure).
|La Sinagoga Mayor|
After the synagogue tour, we went to a museum about Sephardic Jews, which was pretty rad. It was very technologically interactive and in one room there was a motion sensor connected to a projection of an ancient Hebrew text, so you could stand in front of the screen and frantically wave your arms around to turn the pages. Miguel sneaked up on me when I was messing around with it and asked me how much of the Hebrew I could read. He looked puzzled when I said, "Ni una palabra" (not a word). I guess there are more redheaded, freckled Jews than I was aware of...
|Flowers outside the museum|
|Kat & me & a pretty wall|
[photo cred: Kat]
After the synagogue, we went back to what we do best: CATHEDRALS! Though this one was actually really gorgeous. I wish I could fully capture in photos how high the ceiling was and how incredibly ornate it was inside.
|Outside of the cathedral|
|I could totally design something like this.|
|So much more bright than most cathedrals|
|And then there was a terrifying full-size statue of dead Jesus :(|
|All 40-something of us ate at one loooong table|
|Kosher wine & some awkward translations|
|Phyllo dough stuffed with chicken and raisins, served on top of fried veggies|
|Lamb & rice wrapped in zucchini, served with mango sauce & chives|
|Me & Sami|
I also forgot to take a picture of the dessert: apple strudel (I guess there are some sephardic Germans as well?) I ate literally all of every course and looked about 7 months pregnant when I left the restaurant. Thank god I was wearing a loose-fitting dress.
We walked off that ginormous meal on our way to Alcázar, Segovia's castle. A friend told me it was considered as a model for Hogwarts, but they decided the walls were too yellow. (Also, it is cloudy in Spain like one day a year, so it would not make a very convincing Scottish castle.)
|My new house!|
|Lost my leg in the battle of Hogwarts.|
|Just some medieval casual wear|
|These don't look uncomfortable or anything|
|The king's bed|
[photo cred: Aubrey]
|Unphotoshopped. The sky is INSANELY blue here.|