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Tilting at Windmills
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Consuegra, Spain is a small town located about two hours south of Madrid by bus. A steep hike to the top of the hill leads to the remains of Consuegra Castle and a handful of windmills believed to have inspired the Cervantes classic "Don Quixote."
Speaking very little Spanish made getting to Consuegra a challenge, especally in the off season, as there is only one bus from Madrid. Traveling alone, I hopped on every bus at the bus station asking "Es correcto?" until I found the right bus. Consuegra is a bit of a ghost town, and standing alone on top of the Cerro Calderico ridge, over looking La Mancha, was incredibly magical and moving experience. The wind gusts easily top 50 mph and several knocked me to my feet.