I am surprised to have been here a month and realize I have not set one word to the page. A quick review . . .
Week 1 Madrid : cool and showery and we both have colds. I’m sure once we hit the sun of the south the colds will clear and we will be warm and well.
Week 2 Jerez: (the south!): not just cool but cold, not just showery but pouring rain. Thank goodness I packed a light raincoat and an umbrella just in case. I envied the locals their furs(!), quilted down coats and their boots. Spent three days with soaking feet and three blankets.
Week 3 Jerez: a tad warmer but rain, rain, rain. It definitely hasn’t remained on the plain!
Week 4 Cadiz ( further south!) howling winds from the Atlantic and – yup- rain. However the sun came out yesterday afternoon and it was glorious. The sky was a brilliant cobalt blue, the ocean turquoise.
Beginning of week 5: yes it is raining but I have another cold and am staying in bed and have stopped caring.
But really nothing to get upset about when you are with flamenco friends from Victoria, Italy, Sweden, France and Switzerland, when the tapas are fresh, the wine and the sherry are little more than a euro, when you’ve watched THE best dancers and singers in the world, you’ve learned a new Alegria and you’ve actually danced bulerias in bars.
All last week I wrestled with the subjunctive for 4 1/2 hours each day. But it’s a case of the more you know the more you realize you don’t know. This language is getting very tricky but I am having fun trying it out. One more week of Spanish classes and hey no problema!
Spain is gearing up for Semana Santa, a huge celebration here lasting 2 weeks with solemn parades through the city.