Doug McLean World Tour 1999-2000
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Date: Saturday, August 28, 1999 5:18 PM
Subject: Aug 27-Aug 28...Seville and Ronda!

Aug 27, 1999

This day is pretty easy to summarize...sleep and internet. Shoni and I arrived in Seville around 0am...met 2 Austrailian girls...found a hostel...walked around for a while...found a cheap internet place...all of us spend about 3 hours there firing off e-mails...then I slept...then met Tricia at the train station...then we all crashed for the night...I wasn´t feeling touristy...needed a down day...had been to Seville before...and did
not need a haircut.

Aug 28, 1999

Left Seville at 7:40am to Ronda...the girls stayed behind for another day in Seville...I was off to one of my favorite cities in Spain...RONDA!

I visited Ronda for about 5 hours last year while on my Spain trip with the ´rents and g´rents (parents and grandparents for those not in the know...)...we had lunch and toured the bullring...but it was not enough for me...I had to return.

Ronda is the home of Bullfighting...it is where Pedro Romero developed the art of the bullfight and perfected it. It is a town steeped (sp?) in history...and it is on an amazing chasm/gorge/cliff...whatever...it is stunning. I arrived, found a relatively cheap room 2500 pasetas (150ptas/dollar) and walked around the city...it is as I remember...spectacular. And they are about to hold the Festival de Pedro Romero this upcoming week...do not know yet...but I may be staying for several days...

I walked around the city this evening and the entire town is teeming with young people walking and talking...it is good to see...they are all in the streets...not in their homes watching television...they mingle, talk, and hang out...it is a pleasant experience to see...young and old alike are out for a stroll.

Currently in a bar that has internet access...the awesome song Mambo Numer 5 is playing...if it hasn´t hit the USA yet...go find it! It is an awesome dance song...I am just kicking it right now! ...gotta go dance!

Hasta manana!
Doug