In February it’s inevitable there are days that don’t make Segovia look that great. Today was one of those really unpleasant winter days. The cold temperatures we get at this time of year were accompanied by a light rain, rendering the cobbled road surface dangerous. There were hardly any cars driving around the city center, and the few people that were out and about soon disappeared back into their apartments, leaving the streets empty. Then I saw a reflection of the arches of the Roman aqueduct in the still water of a puddle in Plaza del Azoguejo. I thought it captured the essence of Segovia: water and stone, the two elements that were the reason the city was built, and which played a major role in forging the character of its inhabitants.