last week I was in Badajoz in Spain visiting Andrew and Natalie Brims.
It was a great week away and I really enjoyed my time there and getting to know Badajoz (and the people in Badajoz) a bit more. I’d love to post up loads of pictures to give you a better…er…picture…of the place but unfortunately I didn’t end up taking that many! (I forgot to take my camera out with me a lot of the time!) So instead I will just have to use words to paint a better picture and try to steal some of my girlfriend, who came with me.
Badajoz is a small Spanish city near the border with Portugal in a region called Extremaduran (which I love due to sounding like it is extreme!) It has a population of Just under 150,000 and whilst we were out there the temperature was hovering around the low 30′s and high 20′s.
During our visit we went to the museum of Badajoz and saw elements of the history of Badajoz. Cave paintings with symbols of local kings, Iron age flints and tools, Roman statues, and even Arabic writing on stone tablets from the Islamic period. It was fascinating to see different artefacts that were all from the local area compared to going to a London museum where they could be from anywhere in the world.
We did notice something else whilst at the museum, the legacy of the siege of Badajoz during the Napoleonic wars. The museum has a collection of uniforms, books, poems as well as rusting weapons on display all centred around the Siege.
The best elements of the trip were certainly the people. Attending a church with many different Spanish accents (I found Dominican republic a lot easier to understand than South Spanish!) in a living room, singing songs I know in English and Russian…in Spainish, eating Brownies, kids running around, Sharing our lives, praying into each others lives. In many ways this was a messy church!
There is a lot more I could and probably should add but at the moment I’m not to sure what it is, so if you have any ideas of what I should have included, or and questions, then leave a comment bellow and I’ll do my best to answer it.