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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 7th 2012

Cadiz and 28 degrees on the paseo maritimo. I have been to the ferry office and have got my boarding card and can go on board just after 16.00.Its only 12 now so a coffee and then lunch should kill a bit of time. Lets pick up the story yesterday in Ciudad Real. After a great nights sleep I got out on the road just after 09.00 and headed south leaving the motorway and taking another of the roads recommended for bikers. This road goes south through the Sierra Morenas range of mountains and i can only say that if you are in this area take the road from Puerto llano to Montoro. this is a fast stretch of road with a super surface and some of the best curves I found in all the journey ... read more
crossing the Sierra morenas
Sierra Morenas
cleaning bike in seville

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz May 23rd 2012

Hola mis amigos! :) Well, Jana’s wedding marked my last overnight trip until my parents arrive. As of the 19th of May I only have one month left here in Cádiz and two months left until I arrive back in the United States. It’s been nearly a year of crazy adventures, new experiences, and definitely testing my limits. I really thought that after Jana’s wedding the excitement would die down and that things would be rather calm here in Spain with just papers and tests left as my “exciting” things to do, but Giorgio (my Sicilian geology professor) and his “field trip” added themselves to my long list of things that did not turn out how I expected. The only way to describe it is what I said at our last stop of the day, “Esta ... read more
Being lectured on the beach in the water!
Lunch/Swim Break in Conil
Elsa's feelings on climbing up the sand dune near Tarifa

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz May 13th 2012

In the morning we explored the mideval quarter of Cádiz and the Cathedral before heading to Jerez, another small town slightly inland from Cádiz. We met a guy in our hostel who is living in Cádiz and working as a tour guide. He and one of his friends (an ERASMUS student from Ceuta, Spain – the part of Spain that is in Morocco) were planning on going to the feria in Jerez and invited us to go along. We had heard of the festival and were considering going anyway, so we decided to join them. Word of advice to future travelers: go to every single festival that is happening while you are traveling. It is a great way to actually meet locals and see the local culture that is not just touristy. I’m sure there were ... read more
Jerez feria
Jerez feria

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 17th 2012

So I got to Málaga finally. So far, so good. No major catastrophes. I met my host family who I'll be staying with for the next two weeks and got stuck into my next book, "The Pilgrimage". Another of Paulo Coelho's titles. Well actually I started that a few days ago when I was back in Cádiz. Cádiz was great. I suspected I would like staying there after stopping for the afternoon in the car on my way to Sevilla. In fact I'd got to Cádiz a couple of days earlier than I'd originally planned as Semana Santa in Sevilla just became a little to difficult for me to digest and finding places to stay was always a pain. Plus, I had really wanted to couchsurf my way through Sevilla, but that didn't happen at all ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 8th 2012

Back home in Ireland, Easter week was a significant part of my childhood. For me it meant going to mass a lot more than usual, with a lot of standing up as we role-played the passion, death and eventual rising of Christ. It also brought and end to Lent, a visit to our Granny's house in Donegal, and a lot of chocolate eggs to gorge on and ruin our dinner with on Easter Sunday. I was looking forward to seeing what differences there were in Spain. Semana Santa is Holy week and a very important holiday in Spain, with elaborate processions held all over the country in the lead up to Easter Sunday. Various church based groups leave in procession every day to make their pilgrimage around the city carrying pasos, lifelike wood or plaster sculptures ... read more
approaching the cathedral
Easter Sunday

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz March 30th 2012

Hello! Well, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was over, but the excitement definitely wasn’t. Leigh and Ty didn’t make it to Dublin, but they did make it to Brussels where they then flew to Málaga. Seeing Leigh come through the arrival gate was just as emotional as seeing Ryan; and this time I even teared up. Having her and Ty there was so surreal I couldn’t believe it. I think Jenny said it best: after 10 months of living through a computer, it’s so awesome to actually be able to give my friends a hug. I got to show them around Cádiz a little bit on Sunday, but it’s so hard to find places that are open on Sundays to eat at we ended up walking around for quite a while, but finally found a place ... read more
The King and the President
The Louvre and Its Visitors
Carlos and Me!

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz March 28th 2012

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve had a minute to write because things have been pretty busy here since the beginning of March! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do so just be prepared I will be posting a blog a day for about the next 4 days. I know! Yay, right?! Right? A few Saturdays ago my friend Blair who is studying in London came down to Seville to work on a project so I got to show him around! I guess he’s actually more studying in Europe than in London, he’s based in London like 3 days out of the week, but the other four he and his group spend travelling. On the surface it sounds pretty fun, which I know travelling is neat, but I also know that travelling ... read more
The Fam
Silly Fam and Carly and I
Pepa and her Flan Pie!

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz March 19th 2012

The 19th of March was a national holiday and a very special day in Spain - it was the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Spanish constitution, effectively Spain's first and one of the most liberal of its time. Nicknamed La Pepa it was drawn up in Cadiz during the Peninsular War with France, and reduced the power of the crown, the Catholic church and the nobility. It also served as a model for liberal constitutions of several other Mediterranean and Latin American nations. Gaditanos are rightly proud of the part they had to play, and a monument to the constitution stands in Plaza de Espana. Coming so soon after Carnaval I was looking forward to the celebrations! I was woken up rudely at 09:30 by a marching band passing underneath my window, followed by ... read more
Casa del Cinco Torres
Iglesia del Carmen
Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz March 8th 2012

Hi everyone! Well, first, enjoy the sort of random array of photos I have; there weren't really any that go with this blog, but since this post has some sort of funny stories, these are just some fun pictures from around Cádiz. Since Carnaval has ended, Cádiz and I have gone back to our normal, daily Spanish lives. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually chronicled what a normal day is like for me. Well, usually on the weekdays I wake up and either a) go to school or b) go for a run/go to the gym. I like to get my work done early in the day so I have afternoons free to do the many things that tend to pop up and need to be done. This week my “task” for my free afternoons ... read more
BioSystems Buses!
My Favorite Plaza :(
Cadiz Rainbow!

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz March 7th 2012

While looking up things to do in Cadiz, I came across a pamphlet in the tourist office entitled "Four walks through Cadiz". These were details of walks around different areas of Cadiz that are relevant to different parts of the city's history. Cadiz claims to be the oldest city in Europe, reportedly founded in 1100BC by the Phoenicians, and has played a central role throughout Spanish history. I knew that Cadiz had a lot to reveal. So one free sunny morning, I took myself off with my map and camera on walk number one: through the medieval district and Puerta de Tierra. Cadiz, as a city built out on a narrow peninsula, has always had a strong maritime history. One of the more famous, or infamous, events was the "singeing of the King of Spain's beard" ... read more
El Populo Arch
Atmospheric Cathedral
From the top of the tower

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