I arrived to Salamanca on Friday, a day later than planned. I was held up in Madrid for the day/night because of a national labor strike. The trains were completely shut down and there was minimal bus service. I was happy to at least get a bus from the airport to the train station in Madrid. I found a cheap hostel to stay at for the night. I had time to walk around Madrid a bit and discovered some really interesting sights ie.. a nice plaza to sit and have a meal, a beautiful cathedral and a nice garden. As I was walking outside the cathedral I think I almost got pick-pocketed. I felt/heard my zipper on my backpack and I whipped around to a startled twenty-something woman. She said, "Madame?" and turned and walked away. Phew, close one. Note to self, be very aware of those walking behind you & don't keep all my money and credit cards on me in case I do get pick-pocketed!
Salamanca was a 2 1/2 hour train ride from Madrid. I took a cab to my hotel and as I looked around I was SO excited about the city. It is beautiful! I got settled into my hotel and walked around. The following are some sights:
Street Views that are similar everywhere you turn.
The Main Plaza that the old town centers around
View from a bridge on the river looking up to the old town
I've spent the first couple days walking all over Salamanca exploring. I found some great running trails along the river. I also found a place to live online that is about a 25 minute walk to the old town, but it's right near the river paths which will be great! I haven't seen the place yet because I had to book it before I could even see it. It is in a house with 8 other rooms. We will share a kitchen and living room area. Everyone has their own bedroom with their own bathroom. Kind of scary, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try. It sounds like it will be a good fit because it's in a quieter area and has wifi. Yay! I'll post pics in my next blog.