Monday, March 1, 2010
Next item on the list: Cuenca. I went to Cuenca with the University, mainly because it was free and I had nothing better to do with my Friday. Plus I probably wouldn't have gone on my own since it's 2 and a half hours away from where I live. So off I went with the classes that were going.
Cuenca is a unique city because it has "Casas Colgadas," which pretty much means that the town has houses that are built into the cliffs. I would like to tell you that I know more about them, but this wasn't a field trip for my class, so I mainly focused on taking pictures.
When we got there, it was rainy (of course the rain follows me everywhere). We walked across a bridge to get to a casa colgada, which just so happened to be a modern art museum? We had a tour guide, and man did she love art! She spoke very fast, but the weird thing was, I actually could understand her! Yay Spanish skills! But I was surprised at how interested I was in the art because I normally don't like modern art. My favorite piece was of a model, but at first I couldn't tell it was supposed to be a high fashion super model. It was only when I was sitting, looking from an angle. Can you see her? Guess I just need a little more exposure to this type of art.
After the art museum, we were given some free time. My friend Nicole and I decided to walk around the city and opted not to go for lunch since we had both brought a lunch. We roamed and found some pretty scenic overlooks (by accident), and it's always fun to see what you can find. I think my quote for my time in Spain is the North Face logo: "Never Stop Exploring." You may find it cheesy, I'll admit it is, but it's so true. I want to explore every city I go to, and I'm trying to see as much as I can in the limited amount of time that I have! The town of Cuenca is kind of what I expected Alcalá to be like, small little streets, brightly painted houses, big cathedrals, etc. Don't get me wrong, Alcalá is wonderful, but sometimes it feels a little more modern than some of the other cities that I have visited.