Merida, and Internet Connectivity Again!
town near the Porteguese [sp] border that has the best Roman ruins
in Spain. Poor M. had to work the phones to figure out when the
bus left, and when and where we had to catch the next bus, and when
we got to the station, everything was screwed up and different.
Fortunately, it all worked out, and we made it with not too much stress.
We've got a very pleasant hotel room, chock full o' tile, with the
most complex shower I've ever seen in my life. The shower has eight
nozzles pointing at your trunk, plus another on a hose at your feet,
plus the regular one pointing down. For all that, it was a fine shower,
although probably not worth all the extra plumbing difficulties of
driving the extra nine shower heads.
The Roman ruins are really fun. There is an amphitheature which used
to hold aorund 6,000 people, and a colloseum which used to hold 30,000.
Yow. It is amazing to think that we're walking around in something
2,000 years old! Of course, it isn't in great shape, as generations
of folks have salvaged rock from the two buildings, but there was
enough there to make my jaw drop.
We saw the 700m long Roman bridge on our way into town (in use as
*the* bridge into town until 1993!), but I'm really looking forward
to an opportunity to walk around on it and really check it out.
The whole town is chock full o' ruins of various sorts (Roman, Visagothic,
Muslim, and Christian); at one point we were strolling down a street
lined with shops and came upon the remains of a Roman temple with
40-foot pillars! And then back to more shops and Internet cafes
They really take the afternoon fiesta seriously here. I knew that this
was the case, but didn't realize how far it went. All of the museums and
tourist crap (plus the Internet cafes) are closed from 2PM 'til 4PM
at least. Yow. Considering how hot it is, I guess I shouldn't be
Anyway, it is still fun, and I'm hoping that soon I'll be able to get
on-line and send all this off. We'll see, I guess.