A Sunday afternoon walk.

This afternoon we took a walk south of our part of town. We saw a river on the map and wanted to check out what the less populated outskirts of town look like. Our apartment is right on the edge of the old town and the more suburban looking apartment buildings line the way out of the city to the highway.

First, a picture of an important fixture here in Alcalá:

The stork is a symbol of the city because so many pairs of them make this town their home.

The stork is a symbol of the city because so many pairs of them make this town their home.

The white stork is a nearly permanent fixture in Alcalá, and has become a symbol of the town in the same way that the bear has become a symbol of Madrid. Around August of each year, many storks migrate to Africa, and then return to their nests in town in mid-October. Right now, their nests are visible all over town, large and imposing on most tall buildings. About 90 pairs make this city their home and raise their young. That's a lot of birds!

Below are some photos from our walk. This part of the country tends to be very dry and dusty as it is a desert, but there are still oases of green. 

There is a different kind of beauty here.

There is a different kind of beauty here.

In the midst of the dryness, you wouldn't expect to find the river flowing through the south of the city.

In the midst of the dryness, you wouldn't expect to find the river flowing through the south of the city.

This is what I imagine parts of the western U.S. look like. This is not at all what I expected to see outside our city! There were lots of little caves dug out of these hills.

This is what I imagine parts of the western U.S. look like. This is not at all what I expected to see outside our city! There were lots of little caves dug out of these hills.

Overcast, cool, and green.

Overcast, cool, and green.