Saturday, September 24, 2011

We’re Here in the Land of Mist and Mañana

We left Sacramento Sunday morning, and already the week is drifting by. How can Saturday have come so soon? 
It’s a long flight from Sacramento to Santiago. We changed at Dallas and again at Madrid, with generous wait times between flights to make sure any delayed flight would not make us miss the next. Our friends met us in Santiago. By the time we picked up our baggage, it was 6:30 in the evening. They drove us to Monforte, a drive of about an hour and a half, where we shopped for basic groceries. Then we all had dinner around 8:30 at a cafe-bar-restaurant called O Pincho. (Dinner at 8:30 or later . . . . That’s when you know you are in Spain.) 
After trudging through airports and lugging carry-ons around for close to 26 hours, we practically fell into bed Monday night and had a good long sleep. One of our last, I might add, because jet lag kicked in the next day and is only starting to fade: we become sleepy or wide awake at very odd hours. 
It’s wonderful to be here, taking short walks with our neighbors in the village, driving into Escairon for café con leche, or into Monforte to sit at an outdoor table in the big plaza, enjoying a glass of wine. Or going to Adega do Carlos for raciones at lunchtime (which is between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. in these parts.) Or meeting our neighbors again, late in the day, at the bench down the lane, sitting and talking with them until clouds turn pink and the air turns suddenly cool. Already these lovely friends have loaded us up with potatoes, figs, tomatoes, peppers, and home-made wine. In addition, we’ve been setting up lunch and dinner dates with friends we haven’t seen since our last trip, and tomorrow night is the Fiesta in Tuiriz (a village/town within walking distance, although we will drive, since we won’t go until around 9:30 or so.)
Meanwhile, the mist rises each morning in the lowlands beyond the pastures below our gate—rises and disperses in wispy curls before a new misty layer forms below. It’s a procedure that repeats with variation for much of the morning. I watch it from the galería window as I study my Spanish.
But I have other homework on this trip, thanks to Rachael Harrie at Rach Writes and her Challenge #2 for the Platform Building Campaign. I have to figure out how to come up with 200 words, using miasma, lacuna, oscitate, synchronicity, sneaking in a reference to a mirror, and including the word imago in the title. It certainly is an interesting and fun assignment, but thank goodness she is giving us a week-and-a-half for this particular challenge!  
Hopefully I’ll have come up with something in a couple of days, so keep tuning in. In addition, you can connect at Rachel's site to the versions all the other writers come up with, and it's really wonderful to see the creativity in the different responses to the same challenge. 
Ciao for now.


J.L. Campbell said...

Your trip sounds idyllic and enjoyable. Have fun and good luck with your challenge story.

Richard said...

You are sooooooooooo lucky. Keep us posted on your doings.

I'm still thinking about what I'll do for the challenge. This is a tough one for me. Hopefully something will click soon.

Dana, Cezar and Millie said...

Sounds like a delightful trip so far! Cezar, Millie and I are enjoying our time together! Millie likes to sniff noses with Cezar. It is the cutest thing. He is so patient with her and she knows not to jump all over him, though she wants him to play so much! He perked right up when she arrived and she feels right at home here! I love hearing his big dog steps across the floor and her pattering little steps to keep up. Such friends!

Kenda Turner said...

I enjoy reading about your trips to Spain--family members moved to southern Spain this year, and my interest in the country has certainly grown! Enjoy your time there...

Michelle Fayard said...

I won't ever need to travel again, as I can just sit back and enjoy the word pictures you paint, Mitty. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Enjoy your holiday, Elizabeth.

Rosi said...

My, you do have lovely friends in Spain who make coming there so easy and enjoyable. Have a wonderful time. We will be "over the pond" in ten days, but in a far different place at a far different pace. See you in November.

Ron Smith said...

Wow. Sounds wonderful. Enjoy your trip. Looking forward to reading your next challenge.

Janet Garrison said...

Great post. Wonderful word pictures and a beautiful photo by Rajan (I know). Can't wait to see his next bunch of black and whites. This one is spectacular.
Loved Dana's post. Makes you know Cezar is surviving well.
Love, Jan & Gary

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Hello all, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to comments. Between the Campaign Challenge #2 and the fact that we don't get to the wifi cafe every day, it's been hard to keep up, but it's nice to hear from you>

Jan, especially nice to see you on my blog. You are so right, Rajan took the picture. Wait till you see the coming calendar.

Dana, we are so happy that Cezar is having such a great time with you and Millie! Loved your pictures on FB.

Rosi, I am so looking forward to hearing about YOUR trip when you get back.

Kenda, with family in southern Spain, I'm sure eventually you will get there for a trip. My sister-in-law loves souther Spain.

Joy, Rachna, and Ron, thanks for the good holiday wishes.

Richard, I enjoyed your take on the Campaign writing challenge. Very unique. I'll be writing more about Galicia in a day or two, so tune in.

Michelle, thanks for the nice comments about the travel writing.