Friday, June 4, 2010
So we are in the big city, experiencing "normal life" for a while. The Spanish lifestyle is so different. Even in the city, shops promptly close for siesta from 2:00 to 5:00. After that the streets slowly come awake again and by 8:00 the streets and plazas are teeming with teenagers, mothers and children, old women dressed elegantly, old men having lively conversations, the bars and restaurants full of chattering friends and families. It is the place to meet and relax together late into the night.
We went to visit the cathedral, and spent several hours there. It is under major renovation and the costs must be enormous, even as it was when first being built. The photo is of Santiago Matamoros, St. James the Moor Slayer. You can see some Moors under the foot of his horse. He always seemed to appear in battles where the Spaniards were winning in the reconquest of Spain from the Moors. This is how he became the patron saint of Spain. Interesting thing is, the reign of the Moors in Spain was a golden era of tolerance and a flowering of science and the arts.
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