Leon is a charming, mid-sized city with a strong Medieval history (and a Gaudi designed bank, one of only three buildings he did outside of his home province). The bank was sponsoring an exhibition of paintings of local landmarks – and our place featured frequently. It is not uncommon for banks to support art, and entry is free.

As it turned out, our beautifully refurbished, medieval era apartment in the old barrio on the Plaza Santa Maria is a popular subject for painting and photography. The cobbled plaza had several bars, two enormous trees and was a popular spot.  It turned into a party place in anticipation of a win against the Netherlands in the World Cup. The 5-1 defeat left a sense of mourning in the atmosphere as everyone evaporated into the night with the national colours.