Dia de los muertos

November 1, 2011

In general, the weather has been great during our whole time here. A few cloudy days for some El Grecoesque drama in Toledo, a sprinkle here and there amounting to maybe fifteen minutes of rain total, but mostly blue sky. Today, somehow took that up a notch with a cool morning turning into an afternoon in the seventies and clear views of the Sierra Nevada all day.

We liked our trail exploration yesterday, so basically repeated it today with a morning wander up through the Albayzin then onto the trails above and beyond San Miguel Alto. In the afternoon we met up with Cathy and Mitch (Reminder: Cathy is niece of our Burlington friends Jef and Jill) for a walk up to the cemetery on this holiday, the Dia de lose muertos, to see the families of Granada come out to honor their dearly departed. So after taking on the San Miguel hill in the morning, we headed up the other main hill in town, toward the Alhambra, in the afternoon. After a stop for some beer and tapas, Cathy took us on a graffiti tour through the Realejo neighborhood to see the work of El Nino, Granada’s top grafitti artist.

Catching our breath back here at the hotel and we’re going to head out with Cathy and Mitch again in a bit for tapas. I’m going to have to dig deep for a little more energy to close out our last evening here in Granada. We fly out of here around 2 tomorrow, back up to Barcelona for our last night, Wilco show, and stay with Tom, Francesca, and Dylan before flying out on Thursday morning.

Thanks for the heads up on the group ride, muchachos.

Maybe I'll pull together a retrospective of "The Ugly Dogs of Spain" when we return. For now, we'll let this perrito suffice.

...and speaking of perros, apparently not picking up after your dog is punishable by lightning strike in Granada. Given the abundance of piles on the street and seemingly disposable nature of the dogs, I don't think anyone is too concerned.

Los muertos y la Sierra Nevada. (That's a ridge with snow, not all clouds across the top.)

The work of El Nino on a wall of the Realejo neighborhood in Granada.

Thirty years ago these two people saw something in one another... and it's been a great two weeks-plus travelling in Spain. I doubt there will be time or 'net access to update the end of our trip, but will put something up on Friday as we come up from the depths of jet lag. It's been fun. Muy, muy fun.


2 Responses to “Dia de los muertos”

  1. Smelly buddy said

    Bravo! Your “vagabond companionship” has taken you a very long way together. En hora buena!
    Now for the last leg of this journey … Enjoy the sky over Iberia tomorrow afternoon. We’ll be waiting at home for you. Cava and stories before the rock and roll.

  2. Pascal Cheng said

    I think Jimmy is going to be jealous and so will the rest of us. Very enjoyable to read travelogue.

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