Sunday, July 26, 2009

From Madrid to Granada

Hola de Granada!

We have made the jump from Madrid to the south and all is well in the Andalusian hills. Our time in Madrid was action packed. We visited the Prado and Reina Sofia, spectacular museums with works by view the masters Goya, Velazquez, Dali, and Picasso. One evening we went out on the town for some night shooting practice around the Atocha train station.

Before we left la mancha we took a day trip to Toledo where we gained entrance to a damascene steel workshop, visited the physical setting for Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum', examined the famous mosque of Santa Maria de la Blanca-- a building whose history has seen it used as a synagogue, office building, church, and police headquarters. We also had the opportunity to visit the majestic Cathedral of Toledo and do a bit of curio shopping before heading back to Madrid for our final night where we saw a flamenco adaption of the opera Carmen. Ole!

Granada is hot. Very hot. People disappear during the heat of the afternoon until early evening. We have adjusted to this afternoon siesta schedule quite nicely! Our favorite meal in Granada so far was in a cafe in the plaza near our hostal. There was nothing better than starting our Saturday with churros y chocolate-- long thin sticks of fried dough dipped in molten cocoa. Later that day we broke into our On Assignment teams to explore the city for ideas to develop into magazine-like photo stories and articles. We plan to include some of the fruits of our labors (fotos!) in this blog soon.

Our National Geographic expert, Tino Soriano, arrives tonight. We'll write more soon to update you on our excursion to the Alhambra and other adventures. . .

Ben and Megan