cervantes and things.

15 Dec

This past weekend, a group of my friends and I headed to the second largest city in the Comunidad de Madrid. It´s called Alcalá de Henares, and it´s known for being Cervantes´ birthplace and having incredibly delicious and inexpensive tapas. Here are some of my favorite photos from the super-short trip…

The Plaza de Cervantes getting ready for Christmas

traditional Spain and Sponge Bob aka ¨Bob Esponja¨

Me and the Don Quixote statue outside of Cervantes´ house (now a museum). Not pictured: Sancho Panza.

Cervantes statue in the plaza named after him.

My favorite (not-pictured) moments from the weekend include teaching the game of ¨King´s Cup¨ to Spaniards, indulging in cañas, patatas bravas, croquetas, and other tapas, salmorejo, and a trip to a local ¨club¨ called Glass Café.

Also, a note on Don Quixote: Despite my obsession with most things related to or stemming from Spain, coupled with my self-proclaimed nerdiness, you´d assume I´d have read Cervantes´magnum opus by now. Well, I haven´t. I remember my Grandma having figurines or something of the ¨man of La Mancha¨ when I was younger, but never really put two and two together. Additionally, the season finale of Amazing Race aired on Sunday, and the final clue involved knowing the answer to ¨Who was Sancho Panza´s master?¨ The answer, Don Quixote, led the participants to Quixote studios in Los Angeles. While the trip to Alcalá is enough for me to add Don Quixote to my Kindle´s queue, the fact it showed up on one of my favorite shows is further motivation.

Has anyone ever visited Alcalá de Henares? Or read Don Quixote? Let me know!

3 Responses to “cervantes and things.”

  1. Steve Clow December 15, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    hahaha “not pictured.”
    i drive past “quixote studios” when I take the 5 downtown. way to go!

  2. Katie Nelson December 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    I’ve read Don Quixote, and it’s pretty good for how old it is. It is definitely way more depressing than people make it out to be, and it is WAY different from the Man of La Mancha musical/play. If I were you, I’d look it up on Google Books and read a few pages. If you aren’t bored to death, keep going on the Kindle.

    • gillian December 16, 2010 at 2:17 am #

      Hi Katie!! Thanks for the advice – I´m planning on checking out a sample before I commit. I feel like I should read it but I like non-fiction usually so it might not be up my alley. Hope you´re doing well!

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