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Saludos desde Salamanca

Friday’s excursion to the renowned university city of Salamanca found us to be about 127 miles away from Spain’s capital, Madrid, and just 73 miles from the Spanish/Portuguese border. Here, we were able to visit both the new and old cathedrals, pass through the Plaza Mayor (locally rumored to be one of the nicest in the country), see the unusual Casa de las Conchas, cross the Tormes River on a Roman bridge that was originally constructed in the year 89 and conclude our visit with a quick stop by the famous university. Unfortunately, none of us managed to spot the frog sitting upon a skull, artfully included into the main building’s sculpted façade, which is supposed to bring good luck to students.

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