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Cultural Trip Day 6 & 7

Fuentevaqueros & Toledo

sunny 20 °C

3/23/2011

Fuentevaqueros

• Casa Museo Federico Garcia Lorca

Today we spent most of the time on the road, the only thing we visited was the house in a small town called Fuentevaqueros not far away from Granada that Federico Garcia Lorca lived during his childhood. I don’t remember that I’ve studied Lorca’s work but after this trip I’m pretty sure I would like his work. The theme of the exibition that we visited was New York. I read his poem A City Without Sleep and I loved it! I didn’t know much about his poems but now I want to read more.

Ciudad sin sueño (partial)
Federico Garcia Lorca


No duerme nadie por el cielo. Nadie, nadie.

No duerme nadie.

Las criaturas de la luna huelen y rondan sus cabañas.

Vendrán las iguanas vivas a morder a los hombres que no sueñan

y el que huye con el corazón roto encontrará por las esquinas

al increíble cocodrilo quieto bajo la tierna protesta de los astros.

No duerme nadie por el mundo. Nadie, nadie.

No duerme nadie.

Hay un muerto en el cementerio más lejano

que se queja tres años

porque tiene un paisaje seco en la rodilla;

y el niño que enterraron esta mañana lloraba tanto

que hubo necesidad de llamar a los perros para que callase.

No es sueño la vida. ¡Alerta! ¡Alerta! ¡Alerta!

Nos caemos por las escaleras para comer la tierra húmeda

o subimos al filo de la nieve con el coro de las dalias muertas.

Pero no hay olvido, ni sueño:

carne viva. Los besos atan las bocas

en una maraña de venas recientes

y al que le duele su dolor le dolerá sin descanso

y al que teme la muerte la llevará sobre sus hombros.

Out in the sky no-one sleeps. No-one. No-one.

No-one sleeps.

The moon’s creatures sniff out and encircle their digs.

Live iguanas will come bite the sleepless
and
whoever flees with a broken heart will find in the street corners

the astounding still crocodile lying beneath the tender protest of the stars.

Out in the world no-one sleeps. No-one. No-one.

No-one sleeps.

There’s a dead man in the furthermost graveyard

complaining three good years

of the dry landscape of his knee;

and the child they buried this morning cried so much

they had to call the dogs to shut him up.



Life’s no dream. Lookout! Lookout! Lookout!

We fall down the stairs to cop a mouthful of dank dirt

or go up the sharp edge of the snow with a chorus of dead dahlias.
But there’s no escape or dream:

live flesh. Kisses bind mouths
in a tangle of new vein
s
and whoever aches, aches without rest

and whoever fears death will carry it on their shoulders.

3/24/2011

Toledo

• Puente de San Martín--San Martin Bridge
• Rio Tajo--Tajo River
• Plaza Zocodover—Principal plaza
• Iglesia San Roman--San Roman Church
• Barrio Judio—Jewish neighborhood
• Museo de Santo Tomé-- Santo Tome Museum ( In the Church of Santo Tome)

Sorry that I posted this very late. I actually never had a chance to finish this up. Also I almost forgot most part of this trip. ☹ Hmm, maybe not I just need to think. We went to a couple of different places, I still remember San Roman church, it was built on an old mosque. I didn’t know that in Toledo there used to be 3 different religions---Catholic, Islam and Judaism. We went into an old Jewish house, and it was interesting to see the old Jewish neighborhood. In the Church of Santo Tomé, there is The Burial of Count Orgaz, one of El Greco’s great masterpieces. I remember that we talked a lot about it during my art class. It was just exciting to actually see the stuff that I’ve learned in class. It does mean something to me.
So you know Toledo is very famous for it’s steel and the swords that Spanish soldiers used during the battles were all made in Toledo.
We stayed in Paradores, a hotel chain that uses all historical buildings as their hotels. It was far from the city center, the old city but it was cool. It is on the mountain so we can see the old Toledo clearly, like the cathedral and the palace.
This city worths a visit!

The Burial of Count Orgaz
Entierro del Conde de Orgaz.jpg

Overview of Toledo
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Thanks for reading all of this and please forgive my super delay. Life has been busy, just like always haha. I realized that I wrote too much on my blog, I mean too detailed which took me a lot of time. I actually did more trips recently but I am too lazy to write them all in details. I feel that I would spoil your future trip( I mean if you are going to the places that I've been to) if I tell you too much. :) I promise I'll continue writing my blogs, well I need to give you all updates but from now on it won't be that detailed. In the past 1-2 months, I've been to Paris, Mallorca Spain, Berlin, Poland and Amsterdam. So please look forward the updates! It'll be good.

Posted by pennyxinru 15:03 Archived in Spain

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