Madrid First & Last March 31st 2011 We flew into Madrid and arrived at 7AM. The next leg of the journey was to take the high speed AVE train to Córdoba and pick up our rental vehicle at the train station. Although one does not necessarily have to make reservations for the train, I thought it would be prudent to have assured seats since I was not familiar with the amount of travelers on a Sunday afternoon.
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in ... ... read more
I was sitting in an Irish pub and the crowd was doing singalongs. A friendly chap asked me to stand up and sing and I hesitated. He said to me, "If you don't sing you'll never be one of us. You'll always be just a tourist." So I sang.
I travel to meet the locals and go to the places they hang out for dining, drinking, and fun. I go to be more than just a tourist. Who wants to be treated as "just a tourist?" It is a hell of a lot fun to be more than just that.
In the words of my hero, Anthony Bourdain: "Be a traveller, not a tourist." ... full info