Travel Time 4 -To Spain
Posted On 04/11/2020
Alright, for our next destination, I’m going to cheat a little bit and choose two cities in Spain – Salamanca and Segovia.
Both cities are connected in my mind for a very frustrating reason.
If I could travel back in time and have a good chat with high-school DanDan, I would first and foremost tell him how much of an idiot he was.
I’m not exaggerating.
He had the opportunity of a lifetime to spend a few weeks on a cultural trip in central and north-western Spain and he has nothing to show for it.
He decided not to take any pictures IN ANY OF THE CITIES HE VISITED because his smart self said “Eh, plenty of people will take pictures, I’ll just ask them to send them to me.” To this day, I do not have a single picture of my three weeks in Spain.
This was before the days of smartphones and everyone carrying some kind of camera around at all times, or posting every minute on social media, so…well tough luck. Also now I feel pretty old, so that’s just great. Also, it’s just absolutely embarrassing to think of and admit that I actually really used such terrible logic…
I know people have travelled and lived for much longer without cameras than with, but I’m just frustrated at my naïve and stupid thought process from way back then. Not to mention I barely paid any attention on any of our guided tours, but don’t get me started on that too.
So why Salamanca and Segovia? Well, again, as a history nerd now, I regret not having any pictures of the absolutely gorgeous Universidad de Salamanca or the living wonder of the Roman Empire that is the aqueduct of Segovia that runs through the town itself. A PhD student in Roman History who doesn’t have any evidence of his visit to one of the empire’s best-preserved treasures, an absolute disgrace.
So I’m going to use this post as a teaching moment: don’t be like past Dan-Dan! Cherish every moment, capture them if you can – but don’t take too many pictures either! You want to take it all in and experience it while you’re there.
And also, if you ever find yourselves in Spain, please do take a day or two to visit either Salamanca or Segovia (or both!) if you get the chance. I cannot begin to do either city justice, but their location, history and architecture alone are reasons enough to check them out!