Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, Part 472
Tuesday, 11 October, 2016:
A wise man, Jason Johnson, once encouraged me to be a tourist in my own town.
Over the years I have found this sage advice to be more than a bit helpful in helping to truly appreciate my surroundings.
With that in mind and with a list of chores to attend to, I was off to discover more about our new home, Arganda del Rey.
The Witches Cafeteria
Well, Halloween is just around the corner . . .
Our newer church
Nuestra Señora la Virgen
de la Soledad
Laurie arrives in a few weeks
It was nice inside the new church
Not a real body
A simple cupola
Nuestra Señora la Virgen
de la Soledad
Dr. Tim Hicks
Sometime in the distant future?
One of Arganda del Rey's
Oh, it's a Tea House
Pardon me, I though it meant something else entirely.
Arganda del Rey's older church, San Juan Bautista, was open too, so in I went.
San Juan Bautista was
bigger as well as older
The BVM is BIG in España
Armanda del Rey is on a Camino de Santiago route after all.
The BVM holding a Scapular
Our son Mike is a big proponent of this Catholic symbol.
The Plaza de la Constitucion
Armanda del Rey's
Of course this would be in the
Library's Entrance Lobby
My temporary Library Card
My permanent one will be ready in about a week.
Getting one of these has become a must during my EuroBall adventures as a way to secure English language reading materials and DVDs at no cost.
Lots of English language selections
I checked out The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, it looked interesting.
I was told at the Ayuntamiento
that this was a good spot to eat
It was literally next door to the Library, so I gave it a shot.
I liked their tile work . . .
. . . and LOVED their
It earned the #2 spot in my Tortilla Española Power Rankings this week behind only the one served at Juana La Loca's in Madrid's La Latina district.
When I finished it, I went back into the kitchen to personally say GRACIAS! to the lady who actually made the fabulous Tortilla Español.
She smiled at my exuberance over her artisan skills.
Yep, Halloween is nearing
There is a small Plaza de Toros
somewhere in town
I'll find it eventually.
Lion Head Fountain
This Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
I liked the line that roughly translates into:
"This event is not for people with heart conditions, it is only for the brave of heart."
The city's ancient Lavadero
In days of yore, citizens would come here to wash their clothes when needed.
Found at the Ayuntamiento
A nifty guide to the best places to dine in our new community, we just may take advantage of this handy booklet.
Older men engaging in
You'll see men like these three all over España in bars, in parks and on street benches having usually loud discussions about any and every thing including . . .
. . . Politics . . .
. . . Spain's Socialist Movement . . .
. . . the concept that firemen are
better than policemen . . .
. . . and, of course, that Spain's
many problems are due to
Once back at La Casa Grande, it was back to work preparing practice plan's for this evening's Guadalajara Stings practice.
During the planning sessions we were advised that the Spanish Federation had finally released the 2017 Serie B schedule.
The Osos Rivas will play an eight game regular season schedule with home-and-home contests with four other clubs. There will be two conferences again in 2017.
The clubs in the Osos' conference are:
The Barcelona Búfals
The Mallorca Voltors
The ANV Cuervos
ANV stands for Atletico Nuevo Versalles, a district here in Madrid.
The Gijón Mariners
This is the Osos' new coach Jesús Sánchez's former club.
The Osos' complete 2017 Serie B schedule of conference games with dates not finalized until field's are confirmed is:
January 21 or 22 at the Barcelona Búfals
January 28 or 29 vs. the Mallorca Voltors
February 11 or 12 at the ANV Cuervos
March 4 or 5 at the Gijón Mariners
March 11 or 12 vs. the Barcelona Búfals
March 25 or 26 at the Mallorca Voltors
April 1 or 2 vs. the ANV Cuervos
April 29 or 30 vs. the Gijón Mariners
May 13 or 14 Serie B Playoff Semi-Finals
May 27 or 28 Serie B National Championship Game
GO OSOS GO!
Coach Sánchez addressing the Stings
before Tuesday night's practice
Again, the Stings are one of the Osos' four feeder clubs and will compete in Spain's Serie C, nine-man football, in 2017.
Tonight we broke away from a fundamentals only approach and started implementing our conditioning program along with introducing a few running game plays.
I thought that the Stings did nicely tonight.
After the 9:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. workout, we joined six of the Stings for a typically late dinner. We were home by 1:30 a.m.
Reading Is FUNdamental
Crazy happenings all
over the globe
This was the fifth book by Andy McDermott that I have read. They are action packed to be sure but they are also becoming a bit formulaic.
Now that I am finally finished with the book I brought with me from California, it is on to my first book from the Arganda del Rey's Public Library!