the true beauty of spain lies in our hearts.
Cedeira Travel Blog› entry 41 of 48 › view all entries
July 10th, 2008 – by: lauro
ben and me together with alex who joined us - went down to the center of the town to go to the camera store first - but it was closed! it was only 9:30 in the morning - maybe they open at 10 am? who knows!
now ben wants to send his postcards to his friends and family - so we must find a post office, luckily there was a man in the corner - and i asked him where it was! the people in cedeira are very helpful.
we found the post office easily and waited for ben while he was inside, i asked ben if i should come with him to communicate but he said no, he will do it himself - brave of you - robbo and me talked outside blah blah blah and in 5 minutes ben was finished!
now we decided last night that were gonna buy flowers for the family - ben and me saw yesterday a flower shop with big selections. but on the way there - just beside the camera store was a little flower shop, but it was more of ornamental plants rather than flowers so we skipped that.
at the flower shop, it was opened and there was an old man in there - now i asked him if its possible if he can help us selecting flowers as a gift for a family, he didnt understood my spanish :( as he can only speak galician.
ben said we go back to the camera store to see if it was open - as a filipino, my traits are "nakakahiya naman, huwag na lang" - i feel embarassed returning the camera, i'll just let it be. but ben was firm - he said i should return it because how can a brand new camera be destroyed in just an hour?! so we went there, and there was another saleslady, different from yesterday - so i asked her if she can speak in english and she said only in spanish - i told her that i bought a camera yesterday and in just an hour it was destroyed - after some time of calling the owner i think - and moving back and forth - she said she cannot return my money but i can use the 155 euros to buy another camera! there was one camera there that i really like - the fuji with 8.
when we went back to the small flowershop, a lady smiled at us and asked what do we want - i was still shocked how the old man from the flower shop treated us - it scared the wits out of me! hahahha so i asked the lady if she can speak in english ansd she said no, only in spanish - AGAIN. so i asked her if she can help us select flowers as a gift for a family. her eyes lit up and motioned for us to come with her in a small room with a curtain and when she opened it! it was full of flowers! i asked her if she can do the flower arrangements for us and how much will its cost - she said it depends 10-20-30-50 euros - so i asked her the 20 euros - she said it will be finished in 10-15 minutes. i smoked outside and saw the man again who just commented on my spanish and gave him again a smile - ben and alex went back to the grocery - i was really hungry now - they both bought some foods BUT ONLY FOR THEM aarrgggghhhhh HOW COULD YOU?!!! hahahahahahaha and they were DARN EATING IT I FRONT OF ME! hahahahahaha
when they were back the lady was finished, i asked her if the flower come with a card and she said yes - but i dont know which card to pick so she picked one for us :)))))) and she motioned for me in her office - gave me a pen and said write something on it! hahahahahahhahahaha now that was the hardest part - i cant write in spanish hahahahha.
when we got back - we hid the flowers so that they wont see it - then when all of us were ready we all came down to give the gifts - but señora lucia was not there :(( nevertheless, pablo and señor manolo was there so we presented them the gifts - the flowers and the small sailboat from portugal. i dont know WHY I WAS ALWAYS DOING IT! hahahaha its a bit tiring actually! the kitchen was full of camera flashes hahahaha and some cheering and laughter.
when we went up the room - adrian was in the door the boy was waiting for me! WHY?!! well he wants to borrow my phone to play spiderman! hahahahahahahaha.
when i went up and got dressed - robbo and adrian were in the room and robbo was complaining that the sound from the spiderman game was really annoying! hahahahahahahahaha - hes still not ready for family life with kids hahahahahaha.
as i dressed up - its finally time to leave :((( my heart was so heavy - as i told adrian that i have to get the phone now. he looked at me with puppy eyes. my heart squeezed as i had been fond of the boy :(((( it was hard to say goodbye.
adrian came down with us when were saying goodbye to the family. i hugged señora lucia so tight - as if i was hugging my mother. i love the family so much. señor manolo, señora lucia and pablo. muchas gracias familia grandal-caneiro por la hospitalidad.
señora lucia even packed bananas for me as she knew its my favorite fruit! it reminded me of my mother which always asks me on the phone if i call her if i am eating the right foods in europa (hahahha mcdonalds hahahahahaha).
pablo and señor manolo drove all six of us to ferrol. as we are passing by the road and looking back at cedeira... las hermosas playas, the melancholic cliffs, the strong winds, los molinos, la chavola, el jardin, los perros bola y perla, el gato - lola, mas importantes - adrian y la casa de la familia grandal caneiro.
to be honest i had never travelled spain extensively - we were only in cedeira and in the area of galicia. in the beginning, i thought spain was built around magnificent structures and edifices. but i was wrong, my heart looked deeper in discovering the land of my roots, it was more than meets the eye. i always listen to what my heart says, because no matter what, it says the right things. it may not be abrupt, but step by step. spain is like a wild rose.
i experienced the beauty of spain - in my heart - el pueblo de cedeira, the hospitality and the smiles from the people and stranges in cedeira... las playas.. las noches en la chavola, la familia grandal-caneiro and certainly señora lucia - "la rosa de cedeira" and how can i forget the little boy adrian - "el niño de madrid".
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