Alcalá de Henares
March 17, 2017
Babies come from Alcalá
About 34 km north of Madrid there’s a small town called Alcalá de Henares. It is a very lovely place and a college town, without the students, I simply did not spot any. Anyhow, this city is famous for Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. And he’s the reason why I visited Alcalá, not that he is mummified and you get to see his corps but to see the original version of Don Quixote. It was just an old print and for me as unimpressive as a football.
I have been three times to Alcalá, all of them day trips.I loved walking around town and soaking it all in. One of this things that caught my attention was the amount of birds flying, all of them circling me. For a moment I thought I was dead and they were vultures coming to eat my yummy remains. But they were storks, they were everywhere, on every roof, on every church tower and everything that had a tower or something spiky where they could build a nest. That day I counted 101 storks all over and on one spot I counted 42. It was incredible! I’d never seen so many storks together.
I would say a reason to visit Alcalá de Henares is to see the storks, depending on the season obviously. Well you should stop by the university and churches and see the historical buildings but more fascinating is to see these grand birds taking off and land. And especially when they are just a few meters away from you. Just be aware of the flying shit. The probability to get “shot” is high in this town.
Statistically a city with lots of storks should have lots of kids but I did not see any. I didn’t see stork delivering babies either. So I asked myself where do we come from? Maybe they delivered at different time and I missed it. My mom told me I was delivered by a stork. My sister that I was left at the doorstep. But I got a theory; as I did not see any babies in Alcalá de Henares the logical answer is that Alcalá is where babies com from. It makes sense.