The Mysterious Astronaut of Salamanca, Castilla y León

Sara Dobak

Hi, I’m Sara, founder and writer at Travel Continuum, where I write about my global travel experiences, with a special passion for the stars and sustainability. I believe in the power of education through travel, and here I share the tales and tips that I find interesting and inspiring. I hope that you do too.

continuum /kənˈtɪnjʊəm/: a sequence of elements where the extremes are very different, but each individual stage is barely distinguishable from the next.

Something that keeps going, changing gradually over time…like the seasons.

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8 Responses

  1. Lucy says:

    How bizarre! Nice that they have managed to combine old traditions and the modern era and bring them together. Salamanca looks lovely too, not somewhere I’d heard much about before.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Salamanca is an absolute treasure….my opinion is it gets left out because it’s nestled close to the Portuguese border quite a way west of Madrid, and therefore tends to fall outside of the popular tourist itineraries. It also takes a bit more effort to get to, due to lack of direct flights. It’s SO worth it though!

  2. Anna Parker says:

    Fantastic! Always look up and look at the detail. I didn’t know that was something that was common after a restoration, so I am going to keep looking elsewhere now! Stunning old architecture too!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Ahhh…as an astronomy enthusiast I’m always encouraging people to ‘look up’ more…it’s even more important these days, as we’re all too busy looking DOWN at our phones…who knows what we could be missing, eh?!

  3. Haha! For a moment there I thought the ancients had discovered a time loop hole. I imagine that figure has caused much consternation over the years for visitors who don’t know the real reason it’s there!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sara Dobak says:

      A pleasure 🙂 Yes, I did also wonder if it was proof of time travel!! At least these days we can look things up online and usually get the answer…but for the first few years it would have certainly caused some puzzlement 😀

  4. Oh my goodness! That stopped me in my tracks! That’s wonderful and I love the story behind it even though it’s simple and not outlandish. I think it’s wonderful that this was allowed in the first place, although it did surprise me. I think as long as it’s fairly discreet it is a wonderful idea. Preserve and respect the past but acknowledge and welcome the present.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that little tale 🙂 It’s one of my all-time favourites, especially as it was such a chance ‘encounter’. Good point about discretion and finding the right balance though…there are lessons that could be learned from this example!

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