When I started my degree at the University of Limerick my Spanish wasn't that great. I'd studied it in secondary school, but I'd never made any real effort and I wouldn't have been able to do a whole lot.
So I had the option in second year to go to Spain for the full academic year. For me that was a wonderful opportunity to improve my command of the Spanish language dramatically. So instead of choosing a "popular" destination I opted for Cáceres.
Cáceres is a bit of the beaten track, so I found myself as the only English speaker on campus - apart from the English department staff.
For some stupid reason I don't have that many photos of Cáceres, but I came across this one earlier this evening
Jesús ran Mesón Extremeño, which became my "local"during my time in Cáceres. Unfortunately the bar is now gone - it closed its doors for the last time in 2007. I've got quite a few fond memories of hanging out there and chatting to Jesús and the rest of his family.