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Published: April 29th 2018
Every time we have the slight opportunity to sleep in, we somehow manage to miss our alarms! Today we slept until about 9:30 am, and went to grab breakfast in Granada. We enjoyed some empanadas and a croque-monsier (traditional French sandwich) before going to try to find some churros y chocolate. Churros & chocolate is a traditional Granada dish that is deep fried churros with hot chocolate on the side to dip the churros in. For breakfast, we definitely weren't quite in the mood, but it was worth trying and pretty good! Typically people enjoy this after a long night of partying at the clubs, but both of us would prefer something else as post drinking/partying food. Cody would want something more savory fried (i.e. burgers and fast food), I'd want ice cream or some other dessert.
We packed up and took a taxi to our car that we left in the parking structure. When we got to our car, Cody realized he left his backpack in the taxi...solid. He managed to flag down another taxi who called to the taxis in Granada asking if someone left a backpack, and our driver noticed Cody had! Luckily, he drove the backpack
to where we were originally dropped off, and Cody provided him with a nice tip. Crisis averted (thank goodness).
Ronda is about a two hour drive from Granada, and is one of the white villages in the Malaga region of Spain. We made it to Ronda about 3:00 pm, and were able to check into our Airbnb. It is three stories! We have this cool nook on the 3rd floor looking over the southern countryside of Ronda. We took a self guided walking tour through Ronda, passing the Arabic baths, puente nuevo, the puente arabe. Ronda itself is much larger than we were expecting - we imagined a small tourist town like Lake Geneva. Ronda's claim to fame are a series of bridges, since the town is divided by a river. The puente nuevo is most famous, translated to the new bridge (hence why el puente in St. Charles is named el puente, since it's right by the Fox River bridge), which was built in the 18th century.
We stopped at the Museo Lara, which is a museum of peculiar things. It was sort of like House on the Rock in Wisconsin where each room is a collection
of random themed artifacts. The museum is a collection of artifacts by Juan Antonio Lara Jurado, who still lives on the second story of the museum! The rooms on the first floor included clocks, guns, movies, religion including an alter, romantic artifacts, etc. The basement had rooms designated to torture, the Spanish inquisition, flamenco, wineries, and witchcraft. Many artifacts within the torture exhibit were hand on, so we were able to stick our heads in a guillotine, put ourselves in a cage, and in a device that was designed to suffocate prisoners. This was the most eclectic museum we've ever been in by far, but the quirkiness and randomness made it extremely enjoyable.
We stopped for vino & cerveza before making our way to dinner. We had some delicious tapas including kabobs, croquettes, small sandwiches, and gazpacho. Gazpacho is a cold tomato pureed soup, that also had bacon and egg mixed into our version. Considering we had our coldest day yet at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, cold soup didn't hit the spot that we were hoping for, but it was still enjoyable. We split a bottle of red wine as I'm finally (almost) on the red wine band wagon
before heading back to our Airbnb.
Our day of lighter activities was a nice break and change of pace. We're heading to Seville tomorrow, our final leg of our journey.
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