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Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza October 12th 2009

This past weekend I went to Zaragoza...its about 4 hours away from Madrid. I was there for 3.5 days; left school early on thursday, skipped class on friday ( I only had one ) and then came back on sunday. I went for 2 reasons; first, some friends that I met here in Madrid live there and wanted myself and two other kids to go. The friends are from Turkey! two girls, and extremely nice. Being here has made me so much more accepting of foreign people and has made me realize that it is ok to be different (I used to get frustrated with Chinese students at Tech when I was working). Second reason for my trip was because tomorrow, Monday, is a national holiday in Spain. Actually its a religious holiday that the state ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza August 31st 2009

Geo: 41.6563, -0.876606Those of you that know Mary, know that for some strange reason, the most bizarre, random, and embarrassing things happen to her, and only her ... until today. We call them Mary Moments, and this morning, I had a very bad one of my own.I woke up and noticed that a bunch of shoes, clothing, toiletries, etc. were scattered about the floor directly where I would normally hop off of the top bunk. Not wanting to land on any of it and twist an ankle, I slid over to the end of the bed, where the ladder was. But climbing down a ladder is for sissies, so I still hopped off - unfortunately, the two ladder posts stuck out slightly, and as I hopped off the bed, my butt landed directly on top of ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza August 16th 2009

Ola, So I finished up working at the Mission on August 14th, and I felt like a vacation was necessary. I decided that I would head to Spain for a couple of weeks. I flew into Madrid on Sunday morning, and then took the train to Zaragoza. Zaragoza is located in the north east of the country on the Ebro River and it was founded by Octavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar. I arrived in town and checked into the hostel. The hostel was cool, especially the basement bar. The basement bar is the only surviving part from the Inquisitor’s house when he lived there during the 16th century. It was made of brick and consisted of vaulted ceilings and was a great place to enjoy a drink. I walked around town for the rest ... read more
Roman Theatre
Mudejar Architecture
Hadid Bridge, one of the Expo 2008 Constructions

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza July 10th 2009

Po fiesti sledi jutranja siesta, zato je bila ura šele pol dvanajstih, ko sva se skidali na market. Morali sva namreč pokupiti še vse, kar je Alberto rabil za - traraaaaaa - paello! Tako sva se zataknili pri štantih z morskimi sadei in zelenjavo in moram reči, da so marisca (morski sadei) pregrešno poceni v primerjavi z našimi. Nina je pokupila eno celo polenovko, ki so ji jo narezali na fileje, pa te in one školjke in papriko in ne vem kaj še vse, pa ni sprašila več kot deset evrov. Svaka čast. Mimogrede, ko smo e ravno pri tej temi: španska hrana je zakon, ne vem, kdaj sem nazadnje pojedla toliko rib in morskih sadeev. Praktično jih poturijo povsod, zlasti v tapase (ocvrti kalamarčki itd), in niti slučajno se ne pritoujem. Šli sva še skupaj ... read more
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Zaragoza downtown madness
Another night ...

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza July 9th 2009

Danes je bila torej na sporedu Huesca, mestece severovzhodno od Zaragoze na začetku Pirenejev. Do tja naju je v eni uri popeljal bus, ker sva vlak zaradi jutranjega kofetkanja v blinji pekarnici zamudili. Ni bilo take škode, ker niti vlak ne vozi dosti manj, 40 minut. Na postaji je bilo mnogo agencij, ki so oglaševale potovanja v Romunijo (v romunščini), saj je v Zaragozi oz. kar celi Španijo še pa još Romunov, bivajoč po principu s trebuhom za kruhom. Iz dokaj hladne in vetrovne Zaragoze sva torej prispeli v to sončno in toplo vas z 80 tisoč prebivalci in univerzo, na kateri študira Albertov mlajši brat Carlos. Nina še nikoli ni bila tu, tako da sva imeli odlično poenoteno izhodišče. S postaje sva jo najprej ugali do turističnega biroja po calle Zaragoza (itak!) in e prvi ... read more
Huesca
Empty streets
The cathedral

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza July 8th 2009

Gremo na morje, gremo v Valencio! Ampak najprej se moramo prebiti skozi aragonsko puščavo. Skoraj vso 300-kilometrsko pot do tja so nas spremljale vetrnice velikanke, pa tudi najnovejša pridobitev Lopez familije: GPS napravica. No, Alberto je bil v Valencii e vsaj 30x, ampak nikoli se ne ve, kdaj lahko zalutamo. Po dobrih dveh urah in kratki kofe pavzi smo prispeli. Sparkirali smo se na jugu mestnega središča blizu elezniške postaje, potem pa šli vsak svojo pot oz. midve svojo, on svojo. e takoj na postaji sva šli v turistični biro in si izborili zemljevid mesta. Pot pod noge in marš v center. Valencia je ... prelepa! Polna dogajanja! Palmice, kafiči, trgci, veličastna arhitektura - pozitivne vibracije so se kar vrstile. Prvi vrhunec je bil seveda obisk marketa, ki se skriva pod velikansko stavbo s kar nekaj ... read more
Marketplace
Local cuisine
Street art

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza July 7th 2009

Tole špansko sonce očitno hudo vpliva na naš bioritem, ker sva z Nino spet korektno zabluzili do desetih in preden sva se skidali ven, je bila ura skorajda poldne. Šli sva z busom najprej do palače Aljaferia, mogočne srednjeveške utrdbe pod Unescovo zaščito, v kateri domuje parlament. Arhitektura in notranja ureditev je plod španskega oboevanja Arabcev, potem ko so jih e sunili ven - očitno se jim oni niso kaj prida dopadli, njihov stil gradnje pa zelo. Notranje dvorišče in sobanski ornamenti tako sila spominjajo na nekaj junega in občutek imaš, da si sredi turških term. Le pomarančni vrtovi (Polonca, še ena stvar za tvoj backyard!!!) nekako dajejo vedeti, da smo v sončni grande Espana. Po kakšni uri lutanja med hladnimi kamnitimi zidovi sva jo ubrali na Ninino univerzo, ker je morala vrniti knjige v knijnico. ... read more
Lunch
Expo aftermath
Expo aftermath

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza July 6th 2009

Uivancija se nadaljuje. Drugače pač ne znam(o). Dopoldne sva konkretno zabluzili, ker je bilo treba nadoknaditi malo spanja, ki smo ga ukradli noči poprej. Pred kosilom - Berti slubo konča ob dveh, potem ima dve uri frej - sva šli malo po soseski. Gre za novejše naselje, zgrajeno nekoliko bolj na obrobju mesta, v katerem prebivajo večinoma najemniki socialnih stanovanj. Tako sva se okoli ene ure sprehajali večinoma mimo mamic z vozički, in to v dokaj lahnem vetru - Zaragoza je namreč bojda znana po vetru, ki tukaj neusmiljeno piha ne glede na letni čas. Meseta je pač ena velika ravnina in veter se nima kam skriti. Pa še puščava je, tako da so zameti pršečega peska kar pogosti, zlasti, kadar se pomešajo z dejem. Po oknih so zato povsod peščene srage. Nice. Berti je prišel ... read more
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The Romans were there
Main square

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza September 1st 2008

Hello all, We took the bus from Barcelona, and an hour before arriving in Zaragoza, we witnessed a screaming match between two women of around 50 years. (Ewa is not the only one who does not like it when the seat in front of her fully reclines) The bus driver had to actually separate the women with the help of some passengers and evict one of the women off the bus (typical Jill slept through it all). Other than this setback we were stoked and ready to take on all of the world (well more like the 104 countries that were there presenting) when we arrived. To begin, we decided to include a bit of a blub on what exactly Expo is in the off chance some of our readers have not heard of it before ... read more
A view of part of the Expo grounds
Jill with the Expo Water Mascot
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Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza August 7th 2008

SOOOOOOOOO..... im still looking for flats but its like one decline after the oher, as well as the usual sleazes who ask for photos (sorry, i think not, found somewhere more suitable) lol!! found a group on facebook for people who are heading to Zaragoza next month, they seem very helpful and friendly!! but afew of them are still struggling to find places to stay because o the Expo thats on :( well, im of again, more email writing and rejections to delete :P fiona :D... read more




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