I was born in this incredible place (!!!) :
which is called Avila. Famous writer Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y
Ahumada (also known as Saint Teresa or Teresa de Jesús by catholics),
who became the first female doctor Honoris Causa in Salamanca University,
was also born in this city. Teresa escaped from her parents home when being
a child and, once she arrived to the place from where the above photograph
was taken (called "Los cuatro postes"), she and her brother were found
by her uncle, who took them back. She left Avila some years later and again
when arriving at "Los cuatro postes" she looked at Avila, took her shoes
off, shook them and said:
From Avila, I don't even want the dust!
Teresa was heading for Salamanca, the site of one of the oldest universities
in Europe. In Spain there is a said:
If you want to learn, go to Salamanca !
So, when I was sixteen I left Avila, shook my shoes at "Los cuatro postes"
to get rid of the dust, and went to Salamanca to study Physics. I became
a graduate in 1982 --I was 21 then, snif :'-<, not any more! --, and
then I did also my Ph. D. on Relativity and Gravitation at Salamanca University.
I became a doctor in 1986.
I was so popular at all Salamanca's bars and night places that, thinking
of becoming a respectable person, I had to leave heading to somewhere where
nobody could know me. Then, even though I had had an intense life in Salamanca,
I realized the following
If you want to live and enjoy it, go to London !
So, I went. I spent two wonderful years in London, where I did a postdoc
at the Theoretical Astronomy Unit of the School of Mathematical Sciences
of the Queen Mary College. My life there was terrific, but it seems that
all good things in life come to an end. Thus, I went back to Spain in 1989
trying to become a respectable physicist with a permanent position. Definitely,
I was getting older... I keep going to London regularly, but anyway I still
miss it very much.
If you are tired of London, you are tired of life !
Luckily enough, I soon got a permanent position at Barcelona University.
Barcelona is another wonderful and very beautiful city, with all mediterranean
Barcelona: a liberal place to live in!!
From1990 to 2000 I lived and worked in Barcelona, where I formed part of
the the relativity research
All in all, I left the dust of Avila but I eventually ended up
working in the dusty and very noisy Diagonal avenue in Barcelona. See by
However, I wanted to become a truly respectable scientist, so I became
full professor in theoretical physics in the Basque
Country University, at Bilbao. So, now I am a member of its Department
of Theoretical Physics. Placed on the river Ibaizabal (or Nervión),
being centre to a handful of other towns along the same river (forming
what is called the great Bilbao), Bilbao,
the biggest town in the Basque Country, is a wonderful and highly developing
city nowadays, with a well-known and famous cuisine and several important
new cultural or tourist attractions. The most famous and impressive one,
of course, is the Guggenheim
Bilboko Museoa, of which you can take a look in the following pictures
But there are some other less famous but nonetheless interesting and attractive
places. Take a look:
After all, as is well known, "bilboers" are born wherever they like !