Part 2 brings us to our lunch stop at the tiny town of Medinaceli!
This cute town was the place where we first talked with the Spaniards…other than our seat-mates…over a traditional Spanish lunch. Although, we ate on Anglo timing at noon. Spaniards typically eat lunch around two pm.
I managed to get photos of almost everyone in the program by visiting tables in the Restaurante La Ceramica.
Some of the Spaniards drove direct to the village, so, everyone wasn’t present at this luncheon.
The first course consisted of Sopa Castellana (Castillian soup with traditional spices, garlic and bread) OR Migas Castellanas (bread crumbs sautéed in oil with traditional spices and garlic, served with grapes. I had the soup and it was delicious!
The second course was Jamon al Oporto (Cured ham cooked in sweet wine and raisin sauce) OR Felete de Temera con patatas fritas (Fillet of veal with French fries) OR Lomo Asado (Roasted loin of pork). I had the Ham…and again, very good.
Pardon the odd spacing of the photos and writing…my computer was acting up…
We also had a nice dessert (I have forgotten what it was…I think it was a type of pudding???)
And…of course wine. Traditional with lunch and dinner.
It was a bit uncomfortable talking with everyone at first, since everyone was a stranger, but the good food, wine and gregarious nature of the Spaniards, Australians, English and Americans (Rick and myself) had most of us laughing and talking quickly.
I’m not used to a large lunch with wine, but traditionally in Spain lunch is the biggest meal of the day. Although, the dinners were large also…I didn’t really see a difference…!
In all there were (I think) 15 Spaniards and 16 Anglos (English, Australian and American) on the program. This made it perfect for one-on-one sessions. We had a LOT of those! It really helped us get to know everyone’s background, why they wanted to learn English better, their lives and jobs.