Hercules and the Argonauts
by Evans Yonson
(Note: This blog originally appeared in my Multiply account on 5 June 2005. In the coming days, I will be posting blogs written between 2004 and 2006 and posted in Multiply. The site will be offline soon thus the migration of several blog entries.)
Santiago de Compostela – i arrived santiago de compostela (northwest of spain) safe and alive. there were countless bus stops between madrid and santiago that by the time we reached our final destination, we were only 5 passengers of a 60-seater bus.
it is still cold out here. nats and i decided to go to a coruna. this city is about an hour away from santiago. nats knows this attraction called ‘torre de hercules.’ it’s a watchtower facing the atlantic ocean and the city’s best-known landmark and the only working Roman lighthouse in the world. legend has it that hercules fought the argonauts in this part of the earth, thus the name of the tower.
we took almost a hundred photos of this wonderful architecture. a few meters from the tower is the city’s version of United Kingdom’s Stonehenge. it took us another hour to marvel at this human creation.
the wind was cool and the sun burning, it’s summertime here in Spain. we didn’t expect to find modern-day hercules by the shore of the a galera. naked men – really naked – and topless bikini-clad women. they were not fighting each other. instead, nats and i were the ones holding back our feelings. we moved away a little but still maintaining a good view of hercules’ grandsons in their birthday suits.
by the looks of these men’s danglings, it is no wonder why the argonauts were defeated. easily weakened by the weapon of great marvel. they have towers themselves, i mean their weapons of mass destruction.