Telling the story.

Sit and quiet yourself. Luxuriate in a certain memory and the details will come. Let the images flow. You’ll be amazed at what will come out on paper. I’m still learning what it is about the past that I want to write. I don’t worry about it. It will emerge. It will insist on being told.

Frank McCourt

The hilltop above Consuegra, Spain is a quiet place.

 

The hilltop above Consuegra, Spain is a quiet place guarded by sentinels.

Here you will find twelve windmills–relatives (by marriage) to the “giants” of Don Quijote’s imagination. From this perch, above the wide open plains of La Mancha, it is easy to imagine him riding out 500 years ago in search of adventure, accompanied by faithful Sancho Panza atop his donkey.

Relatively few visitors to Spain venture to Consuegra. Those who do often come on tour coaches from Madrid that include the windmills as a quick stop on a day excursion to the city of Toledo, 40 minutes to the north. If you can, rent a car and come on your own so you can take your time; we stopped here on our drive from Granada to Madrid.

The windmills are clustered close together. The museum* is a quick stop. The castle (a site of medieval battles between Moors and Christians,) which sits near the windmills can be visited quickly as well. But give yourself a few hours to linger on this hilltop. This is a different type place from Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Granada etc. The magic is in the quiet of the setting. Except for the occasional tour bus pulling in, the only sound that you hear is the wind.

If you can, try to time your visit for just after sunset when the blue of dusk saturates the sky and the white of the windmills throws off a glow.

There is a cafe/souvenir shop, restrooms and a restaurant (housed in a windmill, but unfortunately closed when we were there) at the site. For places to stay and more food options you will need to venture back down the hill to the charming town of Consuegra.

 

 

*Molino Bolero (Bolero Windmill,) one of the first windmills you encounter as you drive up to the hilltop (and one of only two that you could enter when we were there) contains a small but interesting museum that explains some of the history and use of these particular windmills. Check timings for the museum (and the castle) if you are interesting in visiting. Otherwise my sense was that you could drive up to see the windmills into evening.

 

I am enjoying quietly reading…

(I’ve shared that reading fiction is one of my favorite quiet activities.)

Beauty is a Wound is the English language debut by Indonesian writer, Eka Kurniawan. My book group selected this novel for this coming month’s discussion.  The blurb piqued our interest. What we know is that the story is epic in scope, set in Indonesia and is saturated in “magical realism.” How could we resist? We like to take chances.

To learn more about the author and this novel (as well as his previous novel) check out this write up in the NY Times Sunday Book Review from 2015.

Beaty is a Wound

Earth Hour 2018: Turn off the lights, Invite the quiet, Draw attention to the need for climate action

 

Earth Hour 2018: Saturday, March 24th 2018, 8:30-9:30pm Local Time

Since 2007, Earth Hour has been observed by turning off nonessential electric lights for one hour from 8:30-9:30pm local time.

Join millions of people around the world this Saturday, March 24th, as we bring attention to the need for more action on climate change.

Click here to learn more about the Earth Hour movement and see how local activists and communities around world are observing it this year.

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Photo Credit: Earthhour.org

 

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