Even though we didn’t get to be at home over Thanksgiving weekend, we still got to celebrate in style. We made a trip down to Bejár, which is located in the neighboring Comunidad Autónoma of Castilla y León. The drive took about 5 hours, which was the only downside, but Andrew and I were both glad to be with friends, to be with a family who loves the Lord, and to be able to attend church with them on Sunday morning. We ate in honor of a Southern Thanksgiving, complete with stuffing, potato salad, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato casserole. We had touches of traditional Spanish cuisine all weekend as well: chorizo, gambas, churros for breakfast, and manchego cheese. To work off all of our extra calories, we did some major hiking on Saturday. First up, for a morning warm up, we climbed to the top of Peña Negra. From the summit, you can see snow-capped mountains in the distance. The Sierra de Bejár is at the tail-end of the Gredos mountain chain, which starts just north of Madrid. After a huge lunch, we set off for another hike, which was a little strenuous since we had just stuffed ourselves. I’ll admit I had a side stitch. But it was great fun and we got to see a century old tree at the end. We both had a relaxing, restorative weekend and are really thankful to be blessed with generous friends and hospitality here in Spain.
Andrew and I have talked quite a bit about what makes travelling enjoyable. He has said that it’s not always the destination that makes a trip worthwhile, but rather the people that are waiting for you once you arrive. After thinking about this, I can say that I agree. Sometimes the places that linger most fondly in one’s memory aren’t the ones filled with spectacular monuments and art galleries, but rather the places that teach one about true hospitality.