Spain Day 18 - Showing Burts around!
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
77Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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And now, back by popular demand, ... more Janice blogging!:
Nostalgic is the word for it I think, the way I felt today. My mom and I walked the kids down to the playground and came across the same group of pre-teen/teenage boys that we've been seeing around town since we arrived here. A little boy came up to Samuel, who was playing alone on the teeter totter, jumped up on the other side and started going up and down
They elected me and one of the older boys as captains and then we had to call odd or even and put out however many fingers we wanted then we added our fingers together to see who won the first pick. I called even and we both put out two fingers, even number so I win the first pick. Of course I pick my sweet Sam. Samuel is excited but nervous to play and he by far is the youngest of the bunch. I start out as goalie, but don't do a very good job and the other team scores two quick points. The little boy Adrian switches with me and I started running around trying to score a goal. This was the most competitive, skilled soccer match you've ever seen! ;)
Samuel was frightened of getting too close to the ball and I was out of breath almost as soon as we started playing. I realized that soccer is an exhausting sport! So although our team lost, I had the best time pretending like I was a kid again playing with the boys. It reminded me so much of my childhood in Mexico (remember that Ronnie?)
Granted I am 31 now, a tiny bit slower with a lot less endurance, but the feelings of nostalgia are sweet.
Asher back now...
For dinner, we head out towards "Casa Miguel" which of course (as is the Spanish way with directions and such) .. its not actually called Casa Miguel at all, but Taverna Miguel (www.tabernamiguel.com). We arrive a little early for dinner ... 8:45pm ... so we go for a walk around the countryside and come back in thirty minutes and enjoy a wonderful experience. Our server turns out to be by far the kindest and most helpful waitperson we've been served by since our arrival in Spain. He speaks with a smile, answers all of our questions with patience, gives great ideas and input on the menu, and is just a really nice guy. Even Samuel mentions how much he likes him! Turns out ... he is the owner! After we tell him how thankful we are for his kind service, he goes on to tell us that recent construction in Spain has lured away most of the experienced wait staff for higher wages
The restaurant has a good sized menus with smaller plates, so the deal is you order four or five things and all eat just a bit from everything. The people in town who had recommended this restaurant also recommended several dishes, and so we ordered them: Sarten Huevos con Jija (fresh ground chorizzo topped with fried egg and potatoes), Callos (cow stomach topped with fried potatoes), Chopitos (fried squid type dish, not squid I guess ... but very similar), Pimientoscon Anchoas (the local sliced red peppers with anchovies), and desserts of Leche Frita (a Spanish sort of fried ice cream) and Natillas (a flan pudding sort of thing). All of the food was EXQUISITE (well, none of us liked the Callos, but thats understandable. Just not something we are used to!). Great prices, great owner, ... great fun.
Hilarious moment of the night is when I brave the Callos. First bite I grimace through. Second bite, I try to ditch my fear and really chew right in to the fatty stomach in the plate. Actually doesn't taste too bad
Back home, and some sleep.