Co Pilot - Tapas - Bilengua Small Talk
04.18.2008 - 04.20.2008 0 °F
Writing from Seville, scrubbed clean and aired out after a long damp push from Madrid. The package pick-up went smoothly and I´m happy with the condition of the cargo. His name is James (For the sake of the blog we´ll call him Jaime, pronounced in the spanish way) and he´s my cousin and co-pilot for the next week or so and is a perfect complement to the wide array of skills that I bring to the mesa. A squishy tandom ride on Bonnie from the Airport in Madrid brought us to the BMW Moto rental headquarters where Jamie picked up his mount. From here down and for the next week we´ll be operating tandom posts.
We find the Spanish culture to be extremely laid back in every sense, from the way they run their businesses to how they party. For example, from about 2pm to 4pm of every day is devoted to the Siesta, which is essentially a R&R sesion to break up the day, nap, and just enjoy life. Meals are late a long. Just last night we finished our meal at 12:30 AM before the night life picked up around 1 or 2 AM. Back to the meal though - there was an executive descion made to bypass the budget friendly plate of the day. Instead an assortment of tapas were laid before us, lamb burgerettes, sardienes and pasta, and eggplant omlett to name a few.
On our soggy journey stopped off in several small towns where we were received with some smiles, some laughs and some fairly awkward moments. Every trip to the gas station has involved some sory of cultural learning on both sides. Typical conversations include phrases like, ¨You´re country is beautiful, is this weather normal?, have you been to New York?... why not?¨ and on there end, ¨¿what the hell are you guys doing?¨
Typical Scene in the Streets of Cordoba
Some quick highlights up until this point - We´ve seen the infamous windmills that posed a threat to Cervantes´ DonQuixote, perused the narrow streets of Toledo, and wittnessed a pre-marital bachelor celebration in the streets (major ingredients include: bull fighting attire, loud music, hard liquor, and impromptu acting).
On our horizon, a few things - A bullfight, Paella, coastal waters, and sunny skies.