What I Learned: Week 5

  1. Spain’s healthcare system covers transgender people’s medical costs (hormone treatments and surgery) but it is difficult to find respectful doctors who will treat transgender people.
  2. Joaquín Sorolla’s house was turned into a museum full of his paintings, but the dining room is exactly how it was when he lived there.
  3. Privilege and restrictions (the things that keep you from feeling like a local wherever you are) cannot exist without each other, but impact everyone differently. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5f8GuNuGQ
  4. The Segovia aqueduct is incredible (it doesn’t bring water to the city anymore, but it has been standing without anything between the stones for thousands of years).
  5. The Alcazár in Segovia was part of Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Disney castle.
  6. The king of Spain had a small bed in one of the rooms on the ground floor of the royal residences in case he was too sick (or lazy) to go upstairs to his bedroom to sleep.
  7. Being served a whole, fried fish (with the head on!) isn’t the end of the world.

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