Black & White-view of my trip to Zamora


Hi guys,

In this post I’ll write another review about a city in Spain that I visited. This time I’ll talk about Zamora.

Zamora is a city in the northwest of Spain, near the frontier with Portugal. It is crossed by the Duero river and they actually offer boatrides on the river, but sadly they only start those boat trips at the end of March. But there was of course more than just a river in the city. Zamora counts 24 Romanesque style churches, which makes it the city where you can find most churches of that style of all Europe.

We did a walking tour through the city and I think we passed like 15 of them.

On the Internet I read an article about the Holy Week in Zamora. Everyone in the city is celebrating and there are lots of activities during that week. When I visited the city last week, people of all ages were allready practising some songs that they are going to play during the festivities!

I took pictures of some views I liked. On the first picture, you see like a connection between 2 buildings. I can’t really say why, but I really liked this. It connected two buildings, of which one was completely different of the other one. It made me think about the group I was visiting the city with. We are all completely different persons, of all different countries (Belgium (me!), Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Czech Republic & United States), but even though there are so many differences between us, we still connect, and we had a great time together!

On the second picture you can see the most original mailbox I’ve seen in my life. If there is living a little boy in that house, he is so lucky to have parents that are that original to put a mailbox like that!

On the next picture, I like the fact that the bridge was reflected in the water. That always makes me think of the pictures of cities in travel brochures, but I hadn’t seen that a lot of times for real until now.

The forth pictures show some kind of tree that I call ‘army-trees’. The have the color of camouflaged soldiers who are hiding in the woods. I put the picture in black and white now, but I’m sure that if you would see a tree like that for real, that you would immediately think on the soldiers too! 😉

On the last two pictures you see 2 images that you can find a lot in Spain. I personally love the typical streets that go up or down a bit. It’s typical for this country I guess. I’m not sure but I think that storks are really common in here. I saw some of them in Béjar allready too! (Check out my post about Béjar to know more about that!)

Anyway, I hope you all liked this post. I all wish you a happy further Sunday!

xoxo
Jules

 

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Trip to Toro


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On Saturday i went to Toro with some friends.

Toro seems to be like a small medieval town in Spain, that comes straight out of an old movie. I was really imagining myself in that movie that I had in my head. The only thing that was missing were the people who were riding on their horses. When I didn’t see them anywhere, I went back to reality ;-).

The city/town is known for its wine and its many churches, so we went sightseeing and after that we enjoyed a glass a red wine.

Beautiful pink house


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I was walking around in Zamora yesterday when I passed by this building. I fell in love with it. This is the style of house I would like to live in if I would live in a city.

It’s super classy with its big windows and its little balconies! And I love the fact that its pink which makes it look like it comes straight out of a fairy tale!

Who agrees with me that this is a dream house?
(Too bad that my dreams don’t always come true!)

Trip to Béjar


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On Saturday I visited Béjar, a little town/city in Spain. It’s only 1h15 from Salamanca, so it was a great opportunity to visit it on my free day. We were a group of 5 people, all from different countries, which was interesting (Japan, England, Korea, Czech Republic & as you know I’m from Belgium). Which is cool about the place is that it’s not that cold in there, but if you look up you can see mountains full of snow around you and you can actually ski overthere.

There was a place, called Camera Oscura, which I recommend to everyone. It’s some kind of touristic attraction, but in an interesting way. We all had to go in a dark room, and one of the towers of the building had the shape of a lens of a camera. From the inside the guide could turn the lens to zoom or to make the image we got to see sharper. Since I’m really interested in film and photography, I really enjoyed this ‘museum’. I paid only € 1,50 so it was really worth its price!

Something else I liked about this town were the ‘murallas’. These were Moorish walls, built in the 11th century. While walking around those walls, we took some really nice pictures.

In that neighborhood I also saw an old fabric, with broken windows and everything. It really seemed to be one of those creepy places they use in thrillers. It fascinates me to see buildings like that, but since I was on the top of a mountain when I saw it, I couldn’t enter to check it out. It wasn’t the only creepy place in Béjar! There were a lot of old houses, that looked like they came straight out of a horror movie.

Last but not least, I loved the restaurant where we ate, called La Antigua Posada Del Peso. For only € 10,00, they offered us a delicious three course meal. There was a lot of choice on the menu, and I honestly didn’t know what to pick. Because we couldn’t chose, the owner brought us his special rice to help us ‘choosing’. When I finally decided I first ate lasagna, after that I shared calamares and some kind of fried ‘tiger’ mussels. After that the owner of the restaurant offered us, instead of 1 dessert, a whole plate with everything that was on his dessert menu. Everything was homemade and it was the most delicious plate I’ve eaten in my life. He also served us a free dessert drink (Caramel vodka), which didn’t taste that bad either. The food, the hospitality and the jokes of the owner which were included, were worth so much more than only € 10,00. I hope that someday I can go back there! 😉

xoxo
Jules

Carnival in Ciudad Rodrigo – The groups


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On Saturday I went to ‘el carnaval de Ciudad Rodrigo’. It was amazing! A lot of people were dressed up in a really original way, so for me it was an amazing opportunity to take lots of pictures.

In this post I’ll speak about the groups of people who were dressed in a theme. Later this week I’ll post about the coolest individuals I spotted and I also write a post about the kids who were dressed way too cute at the event!

I think it’s amazing how the people who were at the event were dressed. I really loved the group which consisted of dices and other casino accessories! The 2nd best dressed group for me were the price tags! They showed so much enthusiasm and be honnest, who of you would ever think about dressing as a pricetag during the period of sales? 😉
The donuts were also pretty cool, but I felt a bit sorry for them, because I’m sure that it was so hard to walk with the box around them. I do admire them though because they really stood there as a team.

The people in the third picture were really like a big family. I’m not sure I counted right, but I think they were a group of 21 persons. I saw them walking on the street, and they all seemed so happy. The kids were also incredibly proud walking around in their cute little suit.

I would give the price of the most funny duo to the 2 ‘abuelitas’ (= grandmothers). When my friends and me were looking for some food during the afternoon, we spotted them dancing and entertaining all the people around them! I freaking adored them!

I’ll stop this post here, even though I can keep on talking about the event for hours! If you want to know more about what I’ve seen, keep on checking my blog, cause as I said at the beginning of this post, I’ll write too more posts about this event!

xoxo
Jules

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Sightseeing in Salamanca


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Hello everyone!

I had a lovely day today! I woke up early and I went to the gym for a run. I ran 6,5 km in 40 minutes + burned 500 Kcal. I’m so proud of myself! 😉

After that, I cooked together with my roommates (‘compañeros de piso’) because one of them left today, and we wanted her to have an amazing last day with us. We made pasta with pesto, and also some toasts with ‘jamon y queso’ (=ham and cheese)

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After she left I went sightseeing in Salamanca. I just took my camera and left to get to know some new places.

Salamanca is really amazing. The people live more on the street than in Belgium (which I really like!), they enjoy their afternoons with a nice glass of sangria at Plaza Mayor and they are really social. I also love the fact that the sky is always blue! It really makes me happy ;-).

I’ll attach some pictures I took today, so you can get to know Salamanca from my point of view. Enjoy 😉

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1. I love the little spots where people sell handmade stuff on the street! I bought a nice bracelet overthere!

2. “La Policia”:  it seemed like those 2 guys were really good friends. They were talking and talking… It’s such a nice feeling when your collegues are also your friends!

3. I was walking through the little streets without having a destination, and I loved the view I got from this point!

4.+ 5. I like the fact that a lot of people go to Plaza Mayor to chill out, read a book, or watch the other people. It really has a nice atmosphere.

6. “The world is breaking down & we fell in love”: I thought it was a really cute quote… And there I was wondering again what would be the story of the people who wrote it! I can’t help being so curious about things like that.

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xoxo
Jules

Hello Salamanca


Hi guys!

So if you have been following my blog lately, you probably know that I arrived in Salamanca allready where I will be doing my internship at Tia Tula. On Friday I took a flight to Madrid, and after that i took the train to Salamanca! The apartment where I’m staying is in the same street as the train station, so I didn’t have to walk that far when I arrived. I’m living together with a Japanese and a Dutch girl and they are really friendly.

On Saturday I went looking for the place where I’m going to work during the next 4 months. It was not that difficult to find, so I’m glad for that. It was a really sunny day, so it was really nice to explore the city. The streets are really typical spanish, just like I imagined it. They have those old nice buildings in the city where the spanish people are standing at the window, while talking to the people who live in the building in front of them. I first didn’t realize where all those voices came from, but you see, the Spanish people don’t need to come out of there houses to have a face to face conversation!

I didn’t take that many pictures, because I didn’t take my camera during my walk. But I still was able to take a couple of pictures with my iPad.

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When I discovered some new places, or I have new stories of my spanish life, I’ll keep you posted.

Keep following my blog and take care!

xoxo
Jules