A glimps of the sundrenched city of Salamanca.
They are in the dry western side of the country, just 200km to the west of Madrid and also in the province of Castile y León, or if you understand English better, Castle and Lion.
Suddenly I yearn for the sight of the blue sky through their open bellfries.
The university of Salamanca was founded in 1218. It is one of oldest Spanish universities and one of the oldest three in the western world.
If I remember correctly Vilnius in Lithuania has the oldest one and Bologne is also in the top three.
Perhaps the best know part of the university.
The Baltic states took many Jewish immigrants quite early and they brought their knowledge and planted it at the university of Vilnius.
Spain, in their turn, had many people come in from North Africa and they brought knowledge that was lost in the west during the middle ages. Our modern knowledge of medicine was founded from Epypt.
Lucern also came to us from the middle east. King Darius brought lusern along with his soldiers. The first thing they would do when laying siege to a city was to plant lucern, to feed both themselves and their horses. Lucern has a higher protein content than beef. Perhaps make a lucern stew next time you feel like trying something new. Apparently it is highly nutritious.
If you are American, lucern is known as alfalfa in your part of the world.
Is it not the most beautiful sight, the stone is like ivory in the hot sun.
A want to reread Sol y sombra, by the South African, Uys Krige. It is a travel book he wrote about his time in Spain.
I think the title and the country do justice to each other, ‘Sun and shade’, if you translate it.
He was war correspondent in North Africa during the Second World War and escaped from a prisoner of war camp in Italy in 1943.
More of my favourite authors were prisoners of war.
They know how to build there in Spain, that’s for sure.
I wish I could have spent more time there.
And finally, the famous casa de las conchas, or shell house.
Today a library, it was build by Rodrigo Arias de Maldonado, a knight of the order of Sint James. There are 300 shells on the facade, the symbol of his order and off course today, the symbol of the pilgrim on the route to Compostela. Or the Camino of you will.
To top it..
Till next time!