What I love most about Madrid is the transportation system. A twenty-five minute speed train for eight euros takes you right to Segovia. Being a chica on a budget, this is exactly what I did.
Right off the train you are instantly hit with a potent smell of cow dung and a view of the mountains. In a weird way- breathable and refreshing. Madrid city life can sometimes take away one's sense of location.
Segovia is a small and incredibly old city in Spain. It takes about fifteen minutes to walk from one end of the center to the other. Turns out, there's a lot a person can do with this time.
1. ALCAZAR DE SEGOVIA
Take a walk through this historical masterpiece. The Alcazar De Segovia has inspired multiple Castles in Walt Disney classics such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White.
On the thirteenth of December, 1474, just a handful of centuries before Taylor Swift was born on the thirteenth of December, 1989, Princess Isabella was crowned Queen.
2. CATEDRAL DE SEGOVIA
There are moments when a work of art takes your breath away. For me, this was the Cathedral of Segovia, constructed in 1525 and the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain. I took snapshots from high angles, low angles, frontal views, selfies, portraits...the works. Then I moved to Snapchat.
3. ACUEDUCTO DE SEGOVIA
The Segovia Aqueduct is an architectural wonder. It was built by the Roman Empire at the end of the first century, and stands based on a technique of balance, not a drop of cement or mortar. There are a total of one hundred and sixty-six arches. The Segovia Aqueduct was in use until the nineteenth century.
4. COCHINILLO ASADO
Lunch. Segovia's roasted suckling pig is world famous.
This dish is a three week old baby pig, cooked crisp- but not greasy- a perfect golden shell. It comes with the head, the legs, everything attached. Similar to the ending of the movie A Christmas Story when the ducks head comes out on a plate at the Chinese restaurant, "It's smiling at me."
I am not an animal-activist-lover kind of person so none of this is a bother. I will argue the Segovia suckling pig is now one of my favorite dishes, next to the barracuda and coconut rice from Tofo Beach, Mozambique.
5. SELFIES CON AMIGAS
...And of course, taking selfies with besties because we basic and we know it: