Hola from Jerez - Ronda
14.09.2008 - 16.09.2008 37 °C
Well as mentioned previously arrived in Jerez to warm weather. around 28 degrees at 7.30pm. Arrived courtesy of Ryan Air (wing and a prayer) with no delays. We paid something like 4 pounds to carry one bag that can´t weigh more than 15kgs (which we managed to make 10kgs). Cabin baggage can be no more than 10kgs (which we managed to make 7kgs). If you want to board early you line up as its free seating. Or you can pay another 4 pounds for priority boarding. Since Sarah was under the weather with a bit of a tummy bug we opted to pay to ensure we were up front. Flying time of about 2.5 hours.
We know that the Spanish haven´t forgotten the Inquisition because every hotel we check into they want to see our passports and take details. Brief wander round in the evening (Simon) - Sarah still trying to recover (either that or she wanted to get out of Simon´s walking tours).
Breakfast at a little desayuno (breakfast) place. We had smatterings of spanish they had absolutely no english. First words out were SCUZI to attract the waiter. Jo murphy would be proud of us, as would Aunty Fi. Yep our first words in Spain were Italian. Managed to get some coffee and some toast with mantequilla (we just agreed to that, turns out its butter). Since bought a phrase book because we really wanted jam with it (mermeleda). Not a bad price only 3.60 euros for the lot. Wandered around some shops and markets by the town square. found a supermarket. Bought some water 1.5kgs for only 0.22 euros (about 44 cents NZ).
Made our way back to the airport to pick up our car. Ordered a 3 door peugeot and ended up with a five door Seat. Not a bad little car. The hardest thing Sarah finds is sitting in the passenger side (which feels like the NZ driver´s side) and not having access to the rear vision mirror. Simon says try working the gears on the wrong side and then navigating roundabouts going the wrong way round!
Lovely countryside coming from Jerez to Ronda. Hard to spot any green. Not sure if it ever rains here. Lots and lots of brown and dirt. Saw the remenants of a few fields of sunflowers. Simon thinks he saw cotton (sarah wouldn´t have a clue). A few olive groves. Bit of a challange with the navigating. Sarah´s not the best with maps, so simon printed out directions. Turns out Sarah´s not the best with them either (at times). Spotted the sign Ronda 1km but she didn´t ask Simon to turn off there, so got to see a bit more of spain before we uturned to Ronda.
Ronda is bigger than we thought, but still not real big. Maze of one way streets, and Sarah chucked the directions at that stage and relied on road signs - made it no sweat (ok a little bit). Staying at a lovely little hotel closish to the main sights with parking behind the hotel in a public park for 15.00 euros for 24hours.
Visited the Puento Nuovo (new bridge). Erected in 1700s. First bridge collapsed killing 50 people so they took another 42 years to build the next one which remains standing to this day. The bridge connects the town over a huge gorge.
Visited the oldest bullring in Spain. Quite cool. Got to look around everywhere including inside the ring. The only time you can´t is when they have a bullfight on (which makes a little sense).
Dinner Don Pepe - Simon had chicken breast filled with veges and prawns (although a little drumstick snuck in somehow), Sarah had vege Soup (still not 100 percent). One 0.5l of Sangria only 6.50 euros (more than the 5 euro soup). sarah had a taste but Simon did his duty in finishing off.
Will put some photos on when we can get someone to help with translating the instructions on the computer!
Next stop breakfast! Adios amigos. (not ciao like someone wants to say).