Extremadura is a dry, brown-coloured land which is at the same time, a land full of water. Thanks to its many reservoirs it provides a great deal of electricity and water for irrigation. It is also a rich and fertile land that has for centuries supplied much of Europe with fresh produce. The region covers an area of 41,602km square and consists of two provinces, Caceres and Badajoz. The region borders Portugal to the west, Andalucia to the south and Castilla la Mancha to the east. The total population, which has suffered over recent years due to emigration, is estimated to be just over one million. The regions capital is Merida which has just over 51,000 inhabitants. IdealSpain.comWe're about to leave for Caceres where my brother is getting married on Saturday to one of those above mentioned emigrants. They are both physicists (doctors of their fields, no less) and of course simply adorable. We're flying to Madrid tomorrow morning, will stay there over night and explore town a bit, then attempt the 3+ hour drive to Caceres on Friday. We hope to have a great time and I mean time since the place will be full of relatives fighting to take care of the kids. Yeah. So. Internet access might be a bit spotty but we'll try to report. (The last hiatus was connected with that cup of coffee that defied my hand and landed on the laptop... took me a while to get it going again.) The hotel in Madrid advertises with free highspeed internet. We'll test it, of course.