Today we went on an excursion to Ávila and Segovia, two cities in the same region (Castilla-León) as Salamanca. We left from the Plaza Gabriel at 9 and arrived in Ávila at 10, where we visited a large wall/fortress. Although the day was a bit chilly, we got to take in the amazing view from above and grab a bite to eat (cute and yummy pastries that were surprisingly very cheap!). Then we left for Segovia, where we ate our lunches (tortillas con patata, anyone?) and got to see a Roman aqueduct and later Alcázar, a beautiful castle where the Catholic monarchs resided (fun fact: this structure inspired Disney's castle!). Afterwards, we shared delicious torrejas, a dessert similar to mini bread pudding. We arrived back in Salamanca at 8 and rushed back home to watch the soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona. Though extremely sad to be leaving this country soon, we are making the most of the time we have left!!!
This is our guide, Andrea. She works at our school, Colegio Delibes, and she taught us a lot about the history of different cities.
Sarah: If you could choose a Spanish food to represent your personality, what food would you choose?
Andrea: My personality or the personality of Spanish food?
A: So difficult. Probably one from my home, Segovia. In Segovia, the typical food is Cordero Asado or Cochinillo Asado. Cochinillo is a small pig roasted in a wood stove.
S: What is the personality of this dish?
A: It's a little strong. It's a food that's normally eaten with family on the weekends or in restaurants and it's a little heavy. Yeah, afterwards you have to go for a nice walk.
Hannah: And is there a funny or weird expression that wouldn't make sense if it were translated to English?
A: Well, I don't know if you have this expression, but to me it seems a bit strange because sometimes when we don't feel well, something hurts, or we're really tired, we use the expression "Today, I'm not very Catholic!" With the verb "estar" not with the verb "ser." [Both "ser" and "estar" mean "to be," but generally, "estar is for more temporary conditions and "ser" is used to describe permanent traits] With the verb "ser" it refers to religion, to be Catholic. But when I don't feel well, when my head hurts, I'm tired, "today I don't want to go out. I'm not very Catholic." It's a little bit dated, this expression, but it exists.