Yesterday we enjoyed our first group dinner out. We dined in the lovely and historic Plaza Mentidero, a triangular plaza flanked by beautiful old buildings. The “square” was filled with children playing and the sounds of fountain waters splashing. Our students (and staff!) got to try many of the local specialties. We ate olives (some of us enjoyed our first — and second — olive ever), a variety of fried fish and squid, and the delicious “carne al toro” (a beef dish, cooked in a tomato-based sauce).
Today we finally had a chance to take a long walk around Cadiz. The students seemed rested enough to chance a two or three hour walk around the city, and they loved it! We walked from the Cathedral to the City Hall, on to the port, along the water, inside to the Plaza de San Antonio and the Plaza de Mina, back out to the water’s edge and along the Parque Genoves, and ended up at the local beach — La Caleta. To those at home — you may be able to follow our walk with Google Maps, or with the cartoonish map shown in an earlier blog post.
At this very moment, as I write to you, the students are dancing salsa with a local teacher, Enrique. From my vantage point at the back of the auditorium, I can tell you that they are are having a ball, laughing and swinging their hips and moving their feet.
Tonight, after a brief rest and dinner at home, we’ll all be headed out for a night on the beach. Tomorrow we go on our first excursion to Conil de la Frontera, an Andalusian “white town” with a strong fishing and tourist industry. Their beaches are spotless and beautiful, the town is shining and gorgeous. It should be a great day.
More soon, as it happens! -Christopher Romero Bond