Well hello there my dear reader chums, long time no see! I must confess I’ve missed you all dearly these past months. University has a nasty tendency of getting in the way of things. But here I am again, ready to make a lazarus of this blog. This time from an old favourite: Salamanca!
A couple of weeks ago at the eye-rolling prospect of ‘here we go again, another weekend wasted drinking’, Roísín and I decided it was high time we took a walk down memory lane and revisited the city we had lived together in back in 2012.
Alongside trusty companions Megan, Kevin and Luis we set out Saturday morning from Mendez Alvaro, ready for a weekend of quasi-cultural debauchery (queue the dedicated playlist). First stop was the ever brilliant Delicatessen (Calle Mendéz) for a ‘trust-me-there’s-more-two-it-than-the-name-suggests’ Sopa de Ajo and Chorizo al Vino which reminded me precisely why I was so unwilling to eat in when I lived just around the corner.
Fed and watered Roísín and I broke in the newbies with an insiders tour of the city. Tourist traps included the 800 year old Casa de las Conchas, and Huerta de Calixto y Melibea: backdrop for Fernando de Rojas’ snorefest La Celestina (spoiler alert: it’s basically a B-List Romeo and Juliet but the garden is well worth the visit).
By mid afternoon the combined forces of near Siberian temperatures and Saturday night excitement drove us away from the tourist traps and down memory lane for buckets of the local Toro wine at Café el Corrillo. 2 hours later a dual wave of nostalgia and intoxication had washed over us and it was time to relive that other side to student life in Salamanca best not mentioned here for the sake of grandparents and potential future employers.
Sunday was… slow but on the plus side did offer us better weather and the chance to go for one last paseo around Salamanca’s historic centre. Anyway a picture says a 1000 words and as I don’t want to bore you with that much unnecessary prose, so please enjoy this Seb-eye view of one of Spain’s most charming cities.