Spain Day 14… Ronda…

Our night in a Parador… A room with a view… The most expensive room of the trip…

This little town was ruled by the Celtics, then Romans, then Visigoths, then Arabs… and then finally Christians…

Ronda is surrounded by the Sierra Mountains… which were once coral reefs, before they were lifted above water… by the African tectonic plates…

cThis place is where modern bullfighting originated…

People here agree on it’s cruelty, at the same time they enjoy it… Bullfighting generates a lot of money. A good bullfighter is elegant… He plays ballet with the bull… He will get 5-8M € per year… His fame is as big as a football star…

He keeps composure in the face of getting gored, he slowly and elegantly wears down the bull… To the point it is killed.

Where is our fear of death when we can look at it calm, cool and relaxed?

I’m not defending bullfighting, I’m understanding it. It was the Spanish who conquered Central America with a small army, in the face of many, many indigenous natives.

Ego…

dBullfighting was their form of entertainment in the past, and it continues today… The bullfight is like an opera… It has ‘comedy’ in the beginning, and it has ‘tragedy’ in the end… Tragedy, with the death of the bull…

Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles both spent many summers here… They say it was to collect their thoughts… Hemingway’s book about bullfighting has changed my perception about this art…

… I only have one night here… I can only imagine what a whole summer would do

Orson Welles’ ashes are buried here in Ronda.

Ernest Hemingway at the end of his life committed suicide. A very well known matador who killed many bulls, after hearing this simply said, “bravo”…

eTo love, one must drop his ego. However, we have to have an ego to drop an ego.

Some even say love is a suicide. Where to go deep into love, the ego is no more… The self is no more… Only love remains…

… On our way to a villa in Marbella… To meet up with friends… It’ll be our ‘home base’ for the next 5 days… Before we head home….

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