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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz July 27th 2013

Juliusban egy kellemes es erdekes utazason vettem reszt angol baratommal, Markkal: Andaluziaba mentunk par napra. Malagara repultunk, ahonnan autoval (nem en vezettem :)) Almunecarba mentunk, ami kelet fele talalhato, a Foldkozi-tenger partjan, nagyjabol 70-80 km-re. A hotelvalasztasnal egyreszt az volt a szempont, hogy a tervunkbe hogy illik be, masreszt pedig, hogy lehetoleg elkeruljuk a hangos es reszeg brit turistakat :) Mindketto sikerult! A Hotel Victoria Playa egy kellemes hotel nem messze a parttol, sajat medencevel, ami ugyan nem volt tul nagy, de kellemesen lehetett benne husolni, a szemelyzet pedig egesz jol beszel angolul, ami jol jott, mert a spanyol tudasunk nagyon-nagyon alapszintu volt. Aznap delutan kicsit maszkaltunk a tengerparton, ettunk egy kis bocadillot (helyi szendvics, amiben eppen bacon volt) meg egy kis szardiniat, hozza egy hideg sort, majd tovabbi seta es ... read more
A La Veleta-n
Paella Negra
Alhambra - a szerajban

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 21st 2013

Today we woke up early, ready to go visit my cousin, Manuel. He is currently studying to become an engineer at the University of Cadiz. After eating a quick breakfast, we got in the car. I thought we would drive the whole way, but my aunt ended up driving to Porto San Maria where we hopped on a train the took us to Cadiz. Once we arrived, we walked over to my cousin's apartment. As soon as I walked in, I could tell that three single men in college lived there. Thankfully, we didn't spend too much time in the flat, quickly leaving to go tour the city. The night before, my aunt called her friend from Cadiz and asked the top things to see there, so we started with her list. First, let me start ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz November 14th 2012

We started this day with the reluctant realization that it was our last full day in south Spain. We planned to take the ferry to Cadiz. We wanted to visit the shops that were closed when we first went there. We had about 1.5 hour wait for the next ferry, so we walked around Rota for the last time. We went back to the first place we visited the castle - Castillo de Luna, walked around and said our goodbyes. We stopped at an old world bakery just a few steps from the castle and bought some treats. We quickly regretted waiting until the last day to buy something from there. The ferry, a nicely-sized catamaran, soon arrived. It was a beautiful ride across the Bay of Cadiz. We passed the Spanish naval fleet, el Puerto ... read more
Waiting for the Ferry
Adios Rota!
Rota in the Distance

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz » Los Barrios November 12th 2012

On this day, we decided it was time to get out and do some sight-seeing, so we headed to Cadiz. The drive provided us a great view of the Bay of Cadiz and the bullring in el Puerto de Santa Maria, a neighboring town. The boulevard leading into old Cadiz reminded me of most grand boulevards you would find in American cities such as Chicago's State Street, New York's Fifth Avenue (the less upscale side), and New Orleans' Canal Street. As an Urban Planner, I'm a junkie for places that have a healthy, as in well attended and utilized, outdoor life. The plaza square was brimming with people engaged in all sorts of activities - socializing at the outdoor cafes, skateboarding, walking dogs, painting portraits, proselitzying, etc. Having no map or a set list of things ... read more
Cadiz A Moret
Lively Public Space
Long Narrow Streets

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz October 16th 2012

After a great start in Sevilla I was more than ready to head on to my next destination, Cadiz, and explore this old city. I woke up before sunrise (yeah right! Well… early enough though ;)), packed my things and went searching for the train station – according to my map it was meant to be pretty straight forward getting there, so put my map aside and set off… Straight away I regretted taking a bag with me instead of a backpack (back at home it made sense to take a bag as it was much smaller than my backpack, but now with the city still asleep and hardly anyone on the streets and me making all this noise from dragging the wheels on the cobblestoned paths, somehow taking the bag instead of a backpack didn’t ... read more
in Cadiz
Cathedral in Cadiz
sunset in Cadiz

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz September 23rd 2012

Each year for the past few, I've managed to get to the European Conference for Educational Research. EERA, whose annual conference this is, exemplifies efforts in Europe for cooperation in development between countries, as well as Europe's endeavor to learn from as well as influence other parts of the world. This year we all gathered in Europe's oldest existing city - Cádiz, the capital of Andalućia. Cathy had more opportunities than I did to explore the Old City where our hotel and the university were situated. However my daily walk to and from the conference took me through main plazas. The university is right next to one of the most popular beaches, Playa de la Caleta. Very tempting, given the 30s temperatures each day - but I resisted. Of course, the local food and wine are ... read more
Streets of Cadiz
ECER Conference
La Playa de la Caleta

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz July 20th 2012

Well thats 5 weeks of Spanish school complete. The quality of the teachers at the Melkart school was very good andI feel I have learned a lot. Only thing is I need to keep it going before I forget it al! Living with the Spanish family (or a crazy old woman!) was a great experience, although quite tough at times. Not sure if I would do this option again although it really does force you to speak Spanish. During my last week I went to see Spain U23 v Mexico U23 at the new Stadio Cadiz. They have recentley done the ground up at a cost of 60 million Euros...not bad for a segunda B side! Makes you wonder how they can afford this though with everything that's going on. Cadiz is suffering big time right ... read more
Cathedral
My staple diet
The final lesson

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz July 4th 2012

I arrived in Cadiz on June 16 and have signed up for 5 weeks of Spanish lessons at a local school called Melkart. I have chosen to stay with a Spanish family to improve my conversation skills. Have to admit its been pretty tough so far trying to understand wht the family is saying and this has led to some very interesting conversations during meal times with me nodding my head a lot! The locals, the (Gadatanos) have a very strong accent and dont pronounce the 's'. For example the women who owns the house said to me during lunch 'Hay mapa', 'hay mapa'. You would think this means there is a map right? No it means more bread !(mas pan). Despite its unique site — on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea ... read more
Catedral
Typical Street
Sunset

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 18th 2012

Hello all! Well, we are getting to that time; the time to say goodbye to cyber-Devin and maybe a few of you will finally get to see me in person for a change. On that note, I would like to say that the blogs will continue through my trip with my parents and my trip to South Africa, so no worries, I know you all just can’t imagine your lives without my blog; it’s just the gift that keeps on giving. :) Officially I have until this Saturday as a “student” here at La Universidad de Cádiz and only one week from today I will be departing the city with my parents (although by the time I get around to posting this it will be less). Lately, my life has been all about being a “student” ... read more
Nadine and Olaya
Beach Picnic
Alessandra, Elena and Nadine

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 17th 2012

As my time in Cadiz flashes by towards a very hasty end, I've been taking time to wander the streets and soak up all the things I'll miss about the city. This blog is more intended to be a photo blog - as I really don't have the words to try and describe what Cadiz means to me! I'm going to start with my flat. I've never lived in such an old or beautiful building, and we have a woman who comes to keep it clean every day. Probably originally a merchant's house - the house was split into four flats and retained many original features. I loved walking up our marble staircase, I loved looking out my balcony out towards the sea, I loved how at home I felt there and of course I loved ... read more
City walls at sunset
spectacular sunsets
always a party




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