Friday May 15, 2015
After repetitive days of media visits we finally get a day off. We still had to leave the hotel at 9:00am though. I am just looking forward to the day that I can sleep in.
Our first stop was to the Valley of the Fallen, a monument to the Spanish Civil War and those who died. It was a beautiful monument, as we were heading to the mountain we were able to see a cross that stands about 50 stories tall in the middle of the mountain, to commemorate the Spanish Civil War. Once on top of the mountain, we experience a beautiful view that could not be forgotten. We went into the sacramental space onto the mountain as well. It is neat to note that there are still services that are held within these spaces. Believe it or not but there are masses of nuns that come to these services religiously. ( get what I did there ;) )
After spending about 45 minutes at the monument we headed back down to the bus to head to a town called Segovia. The city of Segovia is located 50 miles from Madrid. While we were in Segovia we stopped to take a look at the Cathedral. The church was started in 1525 and construction ended in 1768. The Cathedral represents the highest spot in the city. It was the last gothic church built in Madrid.
After touring the city Segovia we had just a little bit of time to ourselves to shop. I do wish we had more time because there were some shops I wanted to go to but didn’t have time to stop at. After meeting up by the Cathedral we headed to our restaurant for dinner, El Bernardinos. On the menu tonight, suckling pig! It is called a suckling pig dinner because it is literally a baby pig that is still suckling from its mother. Let me tell you, I have been looking forward to this dinner for awhile now!
So we arrive at the restaurant and sit down, and we are immediately served a soup. They came around and put two scoops in everyones bowl. I must say that it looked unappetizing, but I gave it a try anyway. I wasn’t going to come to Spain and not try something. The consistency is just indescribable, and quite frankly I don’t want to eat it again. After taking a few bites I needed to know what was in the soup, I honestly thought it was chunks of fat. After learning that the soup did not contain chunks of fat and was merely soggy bread, I gagged at that ( I hate soggy bread ). The soups also had chunks of ham and the broth was from ham bones. I will say that the broth was absolutely delicious, but it was the other parts of the soup that turned me away. It was a relief when they finally took the soup away from in front of me.
Now, for the star of the show, the suckling pig! They cook this baby pig whole and present it to you on a platter. The group just shared one pig (although we should have gotten two, because I was still hungry after dinner). The meat from suckling pig is pale and tender and the cooked skin is crisp, the meat is so tender it can be cut with a plate. Don’t believe me, just watch.
The meat from this pig was just so juicy and tender and the skin added a nice contrast of being thin and crispy, given the chance I would sit down with that pig in front of me and just eat away.
After finishing our meal we headed back to the hotel to pack because the next day we were leaving for Barcelona. The one thing about packing this time is that we didn’t have to worry about the weight of our suitcases because we were taking a train, which is nice because when we went to Conde Nast we got about 10 pounds of magazine. Now I will have to figure out how to get those home… it shall be interesting..
Continuing on my list of things I have been noticing while in Spain
o I am not sure that the Spaniards know what deodorant is, they just smell so bad
o Gas here is super cheap, it is about 1,50 euros
o The towns also have a bunch of roundabouts
Well tomorrow we head to Barcelona, and you will hear from me when I arrive!
Hasta la proxima!!