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Gregorio del Laboratorio goes to Spain: day 6

August 25, 1999

Ran 19 miles today along the Rio Guadalquivir. It’s hard to stay cool in this 35-degree (that’s Celsius) weather; Spanish restaurants sell you bottled water rather than giving you tap water for free, so rehydration can be a rather expensive habit. There are many decorative fountains scattered all over the city but virtually none designed to quench one’s thirst — water water everywhere and not a drop to drink, as the saying goes. Consequently, Joel and I have resorted to imbibing a fair amount of soda during the day. In fact, Joel has consumed so much Fanta that I have dubbed him “The Fanta Menace.”

Perhaps due to the weather, female fashions here include the use of fans and high-cut tops leaving the midriff exposed. I used to think of the fan as an accessory last used during the Renaissance or something, but in fact the fan industry is, if not booming, at least alive and well.

It’s good to know that Phil Collins remains popular over here.

Graffiti on the Puente de la Barqueta, which spans the Rio Guadalquivir.
Graffiti on the Puente de la Barqueta, which spans the Rio Guadalquivir.

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