|Medieval wall encircling Ávila|
|El Rastro wares and shoppers|
|Shopper and artist (90 years old)|
On Monday, I started a four-classes-a-day, two-week, intensive, Spanish language class. Homework necessitates a short communication.
One of the three performers in the improv group is the daughter of Antonio, who we believe to be the jefe/boss/manager at Casa Vicenta, our regular neighborhood hangout. As is usual in Spain, the dinner began after 9 p.m. with the performance following multiple courses, dessert and coffee. At a table for three near us, a child dozed head on table while the couple finished dinner, then bundled coats and child and left before the performance began.The lively, spirited antics of the performers were entertaining and trying to grasp words in the Spanish dialogue added to the fun of the evening.
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|Gate in the Ávila wall|
|The cathedral in Ávila|
So we walked the wall, and it's a truly wonderful wall. Medieval and impressive and high above the town with the countryside spilling beyond in every direction. Occasionally, other walkers passed us on the cold, windy, blue sky with threatening dark clouds day.
Our last stop, the Convent of St. Teresa (1515-1582), built in the 17th century on the spot where the mystic nun was born, draws pilgrims to see the side chapel marking the place of her birth and relics including her finger embellished with an emerald ring and her sandal, along with tiny little bones from St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa's mentor and a fellow mystic. Rich stayed outside while I viewed the relics. St. Teresa is known for establishing convents for the Discalced (shoeless) Carmelites throughout Spain.
And the next time in Ávila, I will visit the cathedral first, then lunch on judías del Barco and definitely, walk again on the wall.