Published: May 2nd 2010March 11th 2010
I made it to Girona late at night and found my way from the airport bus shuttle to my hostel by the river. I had a feeling the night was a bit eerie, a very unusual cold night with of fine snow drift and low cloud cover - yes, snow!
In the morning I got a map from the desk and decided to wander the city for the day. I'll take the train to Barcelona to meet Silvia when she's finished at work.
I headed out across the river to walk along the old city wall. It's icy so I was a little slow on the stairs. I walked around the university buildings and saw the cathedral, then headed up to a hill with a break in the wall and found myself in a maze of paths into the ruins of an old castle, where I wandered for some time.
I made it down to the old Jewish neighborhood, famous for steep narrow alleyways (which reminded me of my time in Guanajuato!) and continued to walk around. I settled into a plaza courtyard for a rest on a bench to read for a bit, then went to a
bakery for some colorful macaroons, which subsequently melted in my pocket - they were still good, just messy. Near the river before the big shopping boulevard picked up were lots of small boutiques and artisan shops and I found a pair of earrings for myself - I don't think I've bought any since the feather ones I picked up in the street market in Palenque, Chiapas. I seemed to have the worst possible timing for the museums and didn't manage to make it in any of them, although I'm sure they're quite interesting. I did, however, find the Roman baths near the stairs to the big castle and went inside (1 euro with student ID, I think it was 2 without). Although it would have been nice to have a place to rest and warm up in, I enjoyed my day in Girona, snow and all. I can definitely see the attraction to living here - history, art, and humor are incorporated into the modern society and the vibrancy of life continues without taking the past too seriously nor ignoring it. I would love to come here again with Pablo, and see the city in another season.
for the tip to spend the day here instead of rushing to Barcelona right away!!!
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