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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada May 17th 2006

"No son Españoles!! Son hijos de puta!! No son Españoles!! Son hijos de puta!!" So went the chants at Hannigan and Sons Irish Pub in Granada, moments after a Sol Campbell header gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead over Barcelona in the Champions League finals. The chant-ERS, ecstatic that their fellow countrymen´s squad had fallen behind, were saying "They´re not Spaniards!! They´re sons of b*tches!!", which momentarily reminded me of my pickpocketer in Las Ramblas last year (#$%!). The chant actually refers to the fact that Catalunya (which Barcelona is part of) is constantly looking to secede from Spain and become an independent state (although it could just as easily apply to the fact that less than half of the players on the team are actually of Spanish descent). But I dig that about them, not so ... read more
Queuing up
Storming the Castle
Two Thumbs Up

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Peñíscola May 16th 2006

As decided last night we were going to spend the day inland, most of it at the hilltop town of Morella. We made a pretty poor start by taking the scenic route, making the wrong turn at the town of Calig, and heading in the wrong direction for about 5 kms through a riverbed (dry, of course) and onto a gravel road before we decided to retrace our steps. But, no problemo! It was the start of the day and we can handle mishaps like that in the a.m. - in the afternoon, THAT’s when we start getting ratty about unscheduled detours). We had 4 or 5 towns on our agenda today and the first one was a nice little number called Sant Mateu, about 50kms inland. There was not much activity in Sant M on ... read more
following the blue brick road
a sign?
theatre spooks

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid May 16th 2006

So apparently yesterday was the beginning of the angry elf streak. I just can’t be happy. I’m so upset, I’m homesick, and I’m really starting to stress about my paper and finals. Every little thing is annoying and I don’t know how much more of this can I take. Unbelievable. Carla, your angry elf syndrome is rubbing off on me! I’ve never been in such a bad mood for so long. I wish I was just pmsing, but I’m really just upset. And poor Concha is afraid to talk to me. She’s actually afraid to talk to everyone in the house. We’re all in bad moods. She just mopes around the house wishing she could say something but not talking to anyone. She even said at dinner that it was just a pain because everyone is ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid May 16th 2006

today we can say that tomorrow we will be ¨home¨. today we check out of our last hostal. today we take our last hostal shower. today we ate our last free breakfast from europe. today we live on bread and cheese for the last day. today we wear clothes this dirty for the last time. today we´ll be talking all about tomorrow. today we are excited. we´re headed to london this afternoon to meet up with our friend antony once again and attend a play at the shakespearan globe theatre. and in the morning....we´re on our way to the good ol US of A. until next time.... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Peñíscola May 16th 2006

Last night Sarah spent the late evening getting everything packed so we could get to Peniscola in time to enjoy a decent afternoon there. We were on the road by 10am and next year’s world rally champ contender made short work of the 250km up the coast, and we were on the door step of our hilltop pad at lunchtime, even after a half hour pitstop at the motorway diner-cum-hotel to stretch Kaspar’s legs. So, after a quick pick me up and a sleep for Special K we headed down to the old town to check out the picturesque isthmus upon which it has been perched for over a millennium. Peniscola - a name meaning “almost island” - is an old town, and although small, its unique topography has lent it to being a very desirable ... read more
pope luna's gate (lune for moon, not for crazy, apparently)
ice cream break (not Kaspar, he's on a diet)
tree monkey

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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Ibiza May 16th 2006

Hola from Spain!!! We arrived in Ibiza on the 14th late at night and our hotel overlooks the gorgeous ocean. Yesterday we woke up early and decided to rent Vespas and cruise the Island instead of going on those dorky tourist buses (since we had already done that in London) We lied and said we were pro stars at these bikes so of course 5 minutes into riding them as I am turning around in traffic I accidently hit the accelerator and hit the car in front of me, lose control and bail so hard. I thought the guy whose car I hit was going to get out and yell at me and instead he leans out the window and goes ´´are you ok?´ and drove on. I hurt my leg pretty badly, and broke the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella May 16th 2006

Hey guys! I´m in Marbella now! I took a bus from Cordoba to here this AM and got in around 1230. I almost missed it because I slept through my alarm clock! This is probably because I was up late watching some Spanish rendition of ´Dancing with the Stars.´When the guy at the end won, all the other danceers ran over to him and were throwing him in the air! Haha! It was funny! Also last night, there was a jazz concert in the plaza where my hotel was. It was great! It was all American jazz and songs that I knew. I had my windows opened in my room and could hear it all! The bus ride here was beautiful! So much of Spain is so different! One second there are a ton of olive ... read more
Marbella

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid May 15th 2006

I hate Mondays to begin with, and it started off horribly. I got off the metro and this guy decided it was cool to stalk me. I really wish I knew some kind of martial arts because I really wanted to hurt him. Just hit him in the face. I did not say it was okay to follow me. I tried to be nice and say “hey” when you said “hi” but that was supposed to be the end of the conversation. This guy followed me off the metro and to the bus stop. That would have been okay if he was just walking, but he had to talk to me. He said he liked me and he wanted to give me his phone number. I was straight up with him. I told him that I ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid May 15th 2006

When a dear friend asked when the next blog was coming, I had to confess that "I don't really have anything new and interesting to report, cuz I didn't travel this weekend, I've just been kickin' it here with the daily grind in Madrid. I got nuttin'." But she wisely pointed out that even the daily can be exotic in its way. So I'm trying to look at my city and my experience with new eyes and share that vision with my faithful readers. So allow me to introduce you to la gente de Espana. The Spanish are beautiful people with beautiful culture. Beautiful brown skin of every possible shade, big brown eyes framed by long dark lashes, thin fit bodies, beautiful shiny hair and curls liberated in all their glory. Even the chicos proudly show ... read more
La Moda Espanola
Amigas
Senorita

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid May 15th 2006

So just about a week ago we headed from Bordeaux, over the border of Spain, to the small beach town of San Sebastian. This was our first beach stop of the trip and it was absolutely amazing. We basically spent two days lounging around the town, shopping and...eating. Yes, traditional Spanish tapas are going to be my downfall. The process of tapas is pretty awesome. Basically you head into a bar, and there are about a dozen different platters of exotic appetizers laying out in front of you. You help yourself until your stuffed, then the waiter adds up how many you've eaten and you pay. Generally the prices are just over 1 euro per morcel, which means you can get mighty full for a few dollars. Food highlights were deep fried cheese balls , and ... read more
Sun and Surf
Bar Tas Tas
Saying Goodbye to San Sebastian




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