Toledo | Madrid

| MARCH 2015 |

Five years ago, during my first year at Samford, I met a bosom friend named Aubry Daman. Funny, intelligent, creative, she was someone that I wanted to get to know, and from the first it felt like we’d always been friends. Within a few weeks, in true Kate nickname-giving tradition, I’d bestowed on her several nicknames. Currently, I prefer to call her Aubeen, Erweena, or worse, Urbie, but for the sake of my health, in this article, we’ll reference this gem as Aubry.

Aubry is someone I truly respect and enjoy spending time with. She keeps everyone grounded and under control, but ends up making us all laugh ourselves into a coma. Therefore, when we put together a plan for her visit to Spain and her ticket was purchased, I about lost my marbles.

Amy and I planned on meeting her in Madrid and then taking the train to Toledo, the site of an amazingly well preserved medieval city, to spend a few days before returning to Cartagena. We wanted to maximize the time we had together, something I think we succeeded in doing.

If you’re into medieval Spanish history, swords, torture museums, or beautiful views and architecture then Toledo needs to be on your list of “to travel to.” It was known as the “City of Three Cultures” as at one time Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths co-existed relatively peacefully until the Christian Reformation in 1085. Toledo also hosts paintings from famed “El Greco,” which were arguably my favorite part of our visit. We also loved touring the churches, synagogues, and ruins of mosques and walking through the city taking photos while cackling like witches at our own wit. I perpetually laughed those cry-into-a-napkin laughs that make your sides hurt and render you unable to climb any kind of inclined terrain. By the second day I had given up wearing mascara because it just came off in my crying-laughter seizures. Thus is the magic of Aubry.

I know it’s been a year since then, Aubeen, but can I say again how much Amy and I enjoyed your visit? I value you so much as a friend and human and can’t wait to see you in person again.

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Beautiful Múdejar train station of Toledo.

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Blood sugar was SO LOW. I had almost given up on life.

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Thanks for traveling with us!! More travels ahead.

K & A

Spanish Word of the Day: Achuchar | to hug someone to the point that they cannot breathe.

Song of the Day: Stealers Wheel | Stuck in the Middle With You

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