Once upon a time, there was a hilltop monastery….
Before we begin the tour, this video is required viewing to learn about the resident ghost of the Uclés monastery.
(According to Rocío, I should be safe, right?)
You’re entering a tourist site–look out for people with audio guides curled around their ears
The front door, which I actually had a key to at one point!
Notice that balcony up there?
That’s our staff room, where I spent my waking hours editing photos and wrangling internet
From time to time I’d pop out to the balcony, which yielded this view
Once duty even called me to the bell tower, which is locked away from tourist eyes
Back downstairs, you can peer into the chapel from the second floor
Looking down into the chapel, the most silent room in the building
The courtyard has tiny, individual balconies all the way around the second level
Sunlight streams through the windows from the courtyard
These signs point the way to class
The classrooms were topped with religious touches
On the third floor you’ll find our bunkbed bedroom, which we turned into…
View of the town from our bedroom window
…and this is what you see if you turn left
Down the hall you’ll find the bathroom, complete with mood lighting
Two weeks later, I was still finding details; this little guy was sunning in the cafeteria window.
Each evening the sunset lit up the façade
Finally, here’s one way to enter the grounds–or leave, if the ghost is chasing you.