The Weekly Don Quixote: Canoodling With Me(!) On A Bench

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me. My friend Maria and I went to Alcalá de Henares where, as you may remember from the very first post in this series, Miguel De Cervantes was born. It’s about an hour’s drive from Toledo.

And as you can imagine, the intrepid knight is as big a celebrity (if not bigger!) in Alcalá as he is in Toledo. The town is littered with statues of his genius creator.

Cervantes in Alcala de Henares

Statue of Cervantes in a local park

The house, where Cervantes was born, has been turned into a museum. Entry is free! And right outside the gate, I discovered, to my great delight, that DonQ and Sancho P. have taken up the national sport religiously practiced by all the country’s males in their mature years: congregating on public benches, gossipping and watching the world go by. How could I resist from joining them?!?

DonQ Bench

Delighted me! Cervantes’s Birth House in the background

I remain utterly star struck as I hit the “publish” button… it’ll take  me a while to recover from this unexpected in-the-bronze encounter, I can tell you.

There will be more from Alcalá de Henares, as soon as I get my act together 🙂

[To see all posts in the Weekly Don Quixote series, click here]

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12 thoughts on “The Weekly Don Quixote: Canoodling With Me(!) On A Bench

    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      True, but their cultural heritage is very important to them, and also they get money from UNESCO (Alcalá, like Toledo is a World Heritage Site), and this subsidises free/low cost access to places like this.

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  1. northern_star

    Ha ha! Lovely. But they might be a bit old for you. Amazing how an author is so revered. But I guess it’s comparable to Shakespeare’s standing in the UK.

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  2. Anna

    My God, you really do see them everywhere! Or do you seek them out specifically? Because I do not remember such a DQ invasion while I was out & about Spain 🙂 Also, poor Sancho…looks so dejected…

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I do see him everywhere as my brain’s tuned into him now… when I worked for Coca Cola, I saw Coke logos everywhere, lol. But he would be difficult to miss in the La Mancha region.
      Maria cuddled up to Sancho, and I think it made him feel better 🙂

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  3. TBM

    Well, I’m star struck. Did you celebrate with cake? And I love that it’s free. Not much is free in the US so when I first started going to museums in London I kept trying to pay the poor information person. They looked at me like I was insane.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Don’t mention the C-word. That was not a success. I’m planning to write it up for tomorrow…
      They weren’t always free in London. I remember when that policy came in, but don’t ask me exactly what year that was 😉

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