Traveling north of 60 …
I declared in a recent post that Portugal had my heart, but I think I will just change that to Iberia in general because Spain has a lot to love as well. On our visit to the Alhambra Sunday, we were treated to some traditional Tuna music. Let’s take a quick trip to Wikipedia:
A tuna is a group of university students in traditional university dress who play traditional instruments and sing serenades. The tradition originated in Spain and Portugal in the 13th century as a means of students to earn money or food. Nowadays students don’t belong to a “tuna” for money nor food, but seeking to keep a tradition alive, for fun, to travel a lot and to meet new people from other universities. A senior member of a tuna is a “tunante”, but is usually known simply as a “tuno”. The newbies are known as “caloiros”.
The men and women I have seen in Tuna groups seemed to be a bit past university age, but there is no complaint. I suppose the East Tennessee equivalent of a Tuna would be a local bluegrass band, Scroll down to check out the YouTube video I found – this music will certainly make you want to visit Spain.