Our last stop was Segovia, where history and the present age clash right in front of your eyes. It’s impossible to miss the prodigious aqueducts that loom over the city. They were made by the Romans sometime during the 2nd or 3rd century, and still remain intact to this day.
We also visited the very castle that inspired the castle of Sleeping Beauty in Disney’s classic. It was the type of pastry and cream castle you’d expect in Germany or France, but never in Spain. The creamy yellow walls contrasted with the milky blue tower tops in a way so sweet and beautiful that I longed for nothing more than to live in it for a day.
You’d think that seeing colossal aqueducts or fairytale castles would be the ends of the surprises in Segovia. However, I found myself almost more surprised by the fresh coat of powdery snow lying there than all the historic sights. I found myself shivering and longing for another coat, not expecting the frigid temperature that we encountered in Segovia. I had not seen snow yet in Spain, and I didn’t expect to for the entirety of the trip. It left me missing my snowy Michigan home a bit more, wanting to ski and drink warm hot chocolate.
We finished the day off eating in a wonderful restaurant, tasting a delicious dessert called ‘Ponche,’ and spending around 5 hours on a bus. I’m still blown away by the incredible diversity of people, art, culture and dialects that exist in Spain, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to live here long enough to realize how complex this country is. While Spain may be a tiny country, it is strong in its culture. My time through southern Spain will be a trip I’ll not soon forget.