November has come and gone and I am still in Spain

Posted on December 20, 2016 in Jose Colchado

November has come and gone and I am still in Spain. Haven’t been doing any painting but have been enjoying taking photos in black and white and playing around with color, shadows and saturation. The B&W seems particularly suited to some of the old buildings.

Visited Lisbon and stayed in a one room private rental. Only the best for Jose. Actually I would rather spend my money on local food and sightseeing. Had roasted sardines, pan de abuela, custard tarts, roast pig, lots of different kinds of sausages and more sweets than I ought to. Visited Cacais and Sintra, two small towns an hour by train. Sintra is like a real life Disneyland. It has been designated an international treasure.

Everyone says , watch out for the Romanians, they will steal you blind. One almost did. In Lisbon a pick pocket lifted my wallet but I felt it and ran him down and got it back. Good thing, it had most of my cash and a credit card.

Bought myself a barrette the kind you see the Spanish wear. Looks very arty.

The school situation is improving. I spend my time coming up with active participation activities that reinforce the language learning the teachers are promoting. I make it fun. The kids love it! One 2nd grader brought me a couple of muffins she said she helped bake and a note that said, “Jose, you are my favorite teacher. I love you.” As a teacher what more can you ask.

Will be traveling to Prague, Vienna and Budapest for the holiday festivities and markets.

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In Retiro Park in Madrid, dramatic blacks and whites.

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Enhancing the fall colors by playing with color

Keep on painting!
Jose
 

 

 

 

 

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Really dramatized the festive colors, at a fair in Alcala de Henares, supposed home of Cervant

 

 

 

 

 

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One of several palaces in Sintra.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweets, sweets’ sweets!

 

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Optical illusion on sidewalk in Cacais

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fantasyland in Sintra.

 

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Cafe con leche and torta de manzana

 

 

 

 

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Beauties of Andalusia