Driving from Granada to Ronda
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Last night, a Monday night, was a bit odd. When we got back into town it was closing up. While we´ve only been here a few days we´ve been under the impression that the city centers were party places most of the night. That wasn´t the case last night. Since we needed to get an early start today it wasn´t like we missed it too much, but it was a bit surprising.
We had a small breakfast at our hotel and got right on the road. With our backpacks in hand we moved a bit slowly but got right to our bus stop where some old women were seated. They told us that the bus isn´t coming. We couldn´t understand the word they used to describe why it wasn´t coming but they were clear...no bus until the afternoon. They advised us to walk, so we did.
We were able to get out of the parking lot and on our way easily. Driving in the cities in Spain is a bit difficult. The roads are narrow and there are cars lined up on both sides of every street. It´s tough to see around corners and the traffic signals have an odd placement. But we made it, and headed to Ronda.
The drive was really quick and thanks to Kim´s map skills we didn´t get lost, or misdirected at all.
At the hotel there was a funny incident. In Europe the older hotels will have you return the key to the front desk whenever you are not in your room. So when we picked up our key after checking in they gave us room 14. When we got up there someones stuff was in the room. The hotel clerk was very embarassed at this and gave us the correct room quickly, but it reminded me that our stuff isn´t real safe in the hotels.
Our first stop was for lunch. We had an incredible pizza at a place called Pizzaria Nonno Peppe at the Plaza del Socorro. They had a wood oven there which cooked our mushroom and ham pizza. We also got a side of a neat mushroom dish.
We went to the Bull fighting musesum, which was neat. It was self guided tour and many of the signs were in English. They actually let you go into bull pens (un occupied of course) and walk in the arena. We then walked over to the bridge which seperates the new part of Ronda, and the old part. The view was amazing. Sticking with our guidebook we started down a hiking path which would take us down part of the canyon. Unfortunatly we went the wrong way and took a hike in the sun.
The walk on the correct side was nicer. It was in the shade and the view was greate because there are actually three bridges. The new one, made for cars, an older Arab bridge, and an even older roman bridge. They´re all still functional and in use.
Exhausted from all the walking we hung out in the Alameda Park across from our hotel eating ice cream, talking, and reading our books. When we decided it was time for dinner we actually had some difficulty finding a place we wanted to eat at. Many places were closed, or closing, and we ended up eating a bar watching the Simpsons in Espanol.