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Southern Spain in 2011

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I suspect you don't want to hear about the day we spent in Cordoba, where we got to see a terribly exciting church (La Catedral de Cordoba) just chock full of Christs, or another historical site--the admittedly spectacular Alhambra in Granada.

Instead, I will skip ahead to a day we spent in Coto Rios, a tiny little village in the mountains, near a small river called Rio Borosa.

The natural resources of this part of Andalucia are overseen by a collective of communities. They are well funded by the government, and Coto Rios has a terrific visitor center with information about plants, animals, natural resources, and climate. I was extremely impressed.

The very helpful staff knew exactly what I was looking for. Imagine my surprise when I walked in, and asked one of the staffers at the front desk for information:

Barry: Buenos días. Quisiera ver Rio Borosa. Soy científico, y quisiera buscar para sus plantas únicas. (Good day, I'd like to see Rio Borosa. I am a scientist, and would like to look for its unique plants.)

Staff: ¡Claramente! ¿Como Pinguicula vallisneriifolia? (Sure, like Pinguicula vallisneriifolia?)

They knew their stuff!

Another view of this riparian orchid

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Revised: June 2011
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