Sol y sol

When pomegranates ripen on the tree, they split open like natural bird feeders. These came from our landlords' tree.

When pomegranates ripen on the tree, they split open like natural bird feeders. These came from our landlords’ tree.

It’s been a pretty good week for the three of us. A highlight was joining our landlords for “brunch” on their patio with nearly a dozen of their accomplished and interesting friends and concluding hours later with a sunset stroll. We mostly didn’t see Lou during this time because he was inside playing with a couple of slightly older Spanish kids and surviving on sweet crepes and cereal because feeding the children a proper meal didn’t seem to be very much on anyone’s mind. Pete and I asked ourselves in wonder: “Are we really here doing this?”

Looking toward the Albaicín

Looking toward the Albaicín

Today the sun rose in a cloudless sky and once again we benefited from its amazing laundry-drying and mood-elevating power. We borrowed a third bike and tried out a trail known locally as the “ruta de colesterol” for its easy flatness terminating, just a few kilometers out of the city, at a full-service restaurant.

3 thoughts on “Sol y sol

  1. merediemartinez

    That brunch sounds lovely and the pomegranates look delicious! Do you find that mealtimes are much longer than in the US? That more socializing and connecting is organized around food?

    1. ellentveit Post author

      The pomegranates were perfect. Not quite as juicy/messy as when I’ve cut open whole ones.

      The “brunch” (which started at 12:30pm rather than lunch, which is at 2pm or later) was clearly about socializing, just like it would have been in Minnesota. But I think in general food is meant to be enjoyed — or at a minimum, it is not meant to be eaten on the run. People don’t walk around eating and they don’t carry cups of coffee with them.

      We especially like the way beer is served in Granada: you get a 6 or 8 oz glass of ice cold lager, along with a small plate of food. And if you want a second glass of beer, it’s not uncommon to get up and walk to another restaurant. No one is getting more beer than they want (or drinking beer that has gotten warm or flat), and the eating and walking is a nice way to stay sober even if you’re barhopping.

      I was interested to learn from Lou that talking is discouraged in his school cafeteria, where kids sit at assigned tables of six or eight. He also says the noise level is deafening, so a) kids are talking anyway, and b) maybe the monitors are trying in some way to keep the noise down.

  2. karla mcgray

    Nice to see that Mom and dad are really having fun too. Willie and I kept looking at one another in NZ and continued saying “We are so fortunate.” We had 9 mile, seven mile and five mile hikes in the mountains, up and down. Watched whales, swam in an ocean harbor with wild Hector dolphins,took a boat trip into Doubtful Sound, watched the kiwis beat Australia for the World Cup in Rugby at 4:30 a.m. in a pub with the locals.Visited a sheep ranch, rode in a helicopter over glaciers and hiked back into glaciers. Couldn’t squeeze in enough. Not bad for a small group of almost seventy year olds!


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