by Erin Elaine
Since I had 5 days off at the beginning of May, my friend Molly came to visit from Bellingham, and we had a ton of fun! First I introduced her to Madrid for about 4 days, and then together we went to Salamanca, San Sebastián, and Pamplona. (She also went to Sevilla after I went back to work).
So, our first stop was Salamanca, a few hours northwest of Madrid via train. It’s known as the “Golden City” because of the color of the stones, and it’s also home to the oldest university in all of Spain, and one of the oldest in Europe.
The first evening, I came straight from work and we arrived pretty late in the evening. We went out for dinner, at which point I was served FOUR pork chops and had to ask if it was only one serving. It was. After the meal, the waiter brought us tiny shot glasses with some dark purple liquid in them. Not knowing what we were in for, we tried it, and it was DELICIOUS. Turns out it’s called Mora. We both loved it and I’ve since ordered it here in Madrid and will be ordering it many more times. Molly called it “angel tears”.
The next morning we started exploring Salamanca, beginning with climbing the tower of the Universidad Pontificia:
After this we made our way to the University, where we tried to spot the lucky frog on the facade. It took a while, but we found it! It’s supposed to be lucky if you’re a student and you find it quickly.
Next was the Cathedral, with its incredibly ornate main entrance:
After this we headed down to walk along the river for a great view of the city. The river was incredibly smooth, like a mirror, and the reflection of the city was really neat to see.
A few more random pictures from our walk around the city:
Next we went to Plaza Mayor, which was really beautiful. The sun was out and the stones were such a pleasing tannish color and all the decorations along the buildings really gave the place character. Definitely one of the more beautiful plazas I’ve seen.
That evening we had some tapas and cañas – and also ate the jamón straight out of our sandwiches like the classy ladies we are.
That night, we had to experience Salamanca all lit up, it’s one of the most well-known things about the city. And it definitely lived up to the expectations, especially Plaza Mayor. So beautiful!