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First days in Salamanca

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:

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Street Views that are similar everywhere you turn.

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The Main Plaza that the old town centers around

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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.

Posted by Kristinh 07:49

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Kristin,

This is neat site. Great pictures! What's wrong with the food?
Dad

by shaagensen

What's wrong is I don't like any of it. I have eaten cruddy pizza, cruddy pasta, a mediocre salad, and a combination platter that is common here. Didn't like the sausage and the fries were overdone and cold. The pork was o.k. Food will be a challenge for me here. :-(

by Kristinh

Cool pictures! It does look really gorgeous there. I was looking at Wikitravel today and it did mention that the biggest crime in Salamanca is pick-pocketing. Maybe a good idea not to carry your wallet in the backpack. That would have made for a crappy intro to the city :( As far as the food...stick to the local cuisine....pork is the most common. Next time, maybe try the ham. Adios for now!

by tbarlow

Thanks Tracy! However, I am writing you from McDonalds right now. I am existing on chicken nuggets currently. Ay ya ya! I need protein so bad. I have been eating mostly bread in between my one big gross meal of the day. I move into my place on Thursday and I'm excited to have a kitchen. Will be going to the grocery store ASAP!

by Kristinh

Sounds pretty cool! Missing you back here, but sounds like its going to be a good adventure...I heard Jimmy John's delivers, and they're freaky fast!

by jewelspit

So glad to hear you made it safely, Kristin. I'll be anxious to hear about your living arrangements once you've moved in.

Mary Boren

by mjb79

Glad to hear you arrived safely. Great photos. Hope the food situation improves!

by mtharaldson

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