My mom said sometimes people give these away at Christmas time like we give hams here in the states. So every once in a while at Christmas they'll go into missionary piso and there'll be a big old jamon leg sitting there across the counter that the missionaries are slowly eating off of because a member gave it to them for Christmas, ha ha. Too funny.
When we got home from Makro we unloaded our groceries from the car into the shopping carts owned by the condo building. Then we wheeled them to the elevator and upstairs into their house. It can be tricky living downtown! I never thought about these things before.
After we put the food away I added some artwork to my mom's fridge that I'd brought from home.
We found the boys in the living room, watching video clips from “Preach My Gospel” and busting a gut. Apparently they have some clips in there on how NOT to teach an investigator. And I’ll admit, a few of them are hilarious.
Later in the afternoon we packed up and headed up to a city called Cardona, which is about 90 km Northwest of Barcelona. They have another one of those amazing fortresses up on the top of a hill. And this one has been restored, unlike Sagunto. Remember in Granada how I talked about the Parador Hotel where you could stay inside the Alhambra fortress? The castle in Cardona is also a Parador, and that's where my parents booked us rooms to stay for the night. Yeehaw!
We were so excited! As we drove up the hill towards the castle, this was our view.
The view down below is of the salt mines nearby -- that is the main industry in Cardona (besides tourism, I suppose). They make sculptures and lamps and candle holders and body scrubs out of this cool, colored salt they mine there.
The tower also used to stand 25 meters high but in the early 19th century they realized its height was making it easy for enemies to aim their canons at it, so they knocked half of it down and now it stands about 12.5 meters high.
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013
The next morning we had breakfast in the hotel restaurant again. It was amazing. Starting with the churros and heading clockwise: churros, a postre (pastry), various flavors of quiche bites, pineapple, tomato puree to spread on my bread, and a slice of a flan loaf. They also had crazy flavors of fresh squeezed juice -- orange, mango, kiwi, pineapple, etc. I went for the kiwi. Yum!