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September 3, 2001 Rosanna Longenbaker


San Cristóbal de Segovia, Segovia, Spain

(Pharmacy) This is the pharmacy in San Cristóbal. It was closed for vacation while I was there.
The sign on the building is green which is the color that is used to represent pharmacies in
Europe. Pharmacies in Europe are different from pharmacies in the United States. Food and
greeting cards are not sold in Spanish pharmacies. For the most part Spanish pharmacies do not
sell cosmetic supplies, but I think I saw one exception to this rule in Madrid were a cosmetic
store had been combined with a pharmacy. Over-the-counter medication is much stronger in
Spain than in the US. When I was sick (I think I had bronchitis, but can’t be sure) I went to the
pharmacy on the first floor of the apartment building where I lived in Madrid. The pharmacist
sold me over-the-counter cough syrup (for cold and bronchitis) that contained codeine. You
would need a prescription for this in the US. I left the bottle of cough syrup with the doctor for
the France Program. I was worried that I would not be allowed to bring it through customs and
besides, it put me to sleep.

The window shades on the second floor apartment are halfway down. This kind of shade on the
outside of the windows is common in Spain. If you shut the shades at night then they keep the
house warm. During the day most people leave the shades open.

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