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Making our way through Spain

By on September 24, 2016

Ahhhh Spain.

We left Madrid and headed to Barcelona on the train.  It was a nice no stress ride aboard the high speed train.

Barcelona

It was Toms birthday-STILL -when we arrived in Barcelona so I took him out for a really nice dinner.  The next day we decided to ride the Hop on Hop Off bus to get a feel for the town.  This was a great idea as we really saw everything.  It was enough for us to figure out that we will want to come back some day and actually spend some time here.

I hesitate to tell the story of the bus.  It’s a 2 point disaster:

First of all I thought I’d save a couple Euros by buying the tix online.  Turns out they would not accept our smartphone tickets.  So we spent the next hour looking for someplace to print the tickets.  When it’s your valuable holiday time, this can get to feel a bit frantic.

Then, I lost my ticket.  I think it blew off the bus.  And they would not let me on the bus without one and they would not reprint me one.  So, we had to walk about 45 minutes back to our hotel.  Good thing there was a sangria stop on the way.

Tom probably wanted to say it wasn’t worth the 2 Euro savings and he might also wanted to say ‘REALLY, YOU LOST YOUR TICKET!?’  But he didn’t.

Front seat of the bus. #nerds

Front seat of the bus. #nerds

Also, the architecture in Barelona was crazy!  I am looking for book suggestions on anything that mentions Gaudi.  Thanks in advance.

The next day we hit the beach.  It was scorching hot and the beers were tasting good!

Featuring my new Indian cloth blanket thing that I have no room for in my bag.

Featuring my new Indian cloth blanket thing that I have no room for in my bag.

Later on, we hit the train for a 7 hour ride to Granada.  On the train we watched the movie, Goon.  It was hilarious!  Highly recommend.

Every time I did a double take. Super Cat.

Every time I did a double take. Super Cat.

Granada

We spent 3 full days here and loved them.  This town is super cute and full of charm.  The streets are made of cobble stones and narrow and winding.

La Alhambra is a fortress that sits on a hill overlooking Granada. It was interesting as it has a lot of Arabic parts to it and the Sultan would entertain people there. We spend a good long time touring it with Ramone (roll your r when you say it)

Note there is Arabic writing on the sign as well as English.

Note there is Arabic writing on the sign as well as English.

This one is for you Net.  If you ever want to go back to archeology, this would be a pretty excellent place to do it

This one is for you Net. If you ever want to go back to archeology, this would be a pretty excellent place to do it

This is where the Sultan would sit and greet visitors.  Pictured here is the Sultan of Swing.

This is where the Sultan would sit and greet visitors. Pictured here is the Sultan of Swing.

The best thing about Granada is tapas. When you order a drink, they bring you a tapa. Even if you order a water. And the tapas are delicious! And they are free! We had two drinks each and we got 4 tapas and the bill was 10Euro. And this happens everywhere! I hope this makes it way back to Canada.

Two different glasses of wine and two different tapas.  So good.

Two different glasses of wine and two different tapas. So good.

We also went to a Turkish bath. This is a series of rooms and baths. The traditional way to do this is warm, hot, cold then steam. Apparently it’s good for the circulation. It was very Arabic looking in the baths and i will say potentially a bit claustrophobic. Low ceilings, no windows and a very cavelike feeling.

The entrance to the bath.  It was not appropriate to take my phone into the other parts unfortunately.

The entrance to the bath. It was not appropriate to take my phone into the other parts unfortunately.

Our last night in Granada was spent at a Flamenco show. I loved the Spanish guitar that accompanied all the stomping. Essentially the flamenco seems like very angry tap dancing with a few olés for good measure.

Our group

The group is diverse. If I was guessing, the youngest person is about 30 and the oldest about 90

Dudley mentioned to me that his brother is 97-to give you an idea of his age. He also talked about how his computer has maps on it (he meant his phone) And yes, Dudley bears a strong resemblance to Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

And last night we found out that William is from Medellin, Columbia. And if you watch Narcos you will get the significance of that. So far we know that his cousin is in jail for being an associate of Pablo. But we just started talking….

Toms G adventures squad- Dudley in the back, then Tom then William.

Toms G adventures squad- Dudley in the back, then Tom then William.

Miscellaneous

We got our laundry done in Granada for 10 Euros.  This is the first time we’ve done laundry and we’ve been on the road for 22 days and brought 7 pairs of underwear each.  Before you get too disgusted this is how we’ve been doing it until now:

This is how "we" do the laundry.

This is how “we” do the laundry.

Just arrived in Seville for the day. Tomorrow we are off to Morocco.

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. Reply

    Donna

    September 24, 2016

    Such a good trip, Kerri! You’re seeing and doing so much.

  2. Reply

    Aunty Sheryl

    September 24, 2016

    Kerri, you just make me giggle – I absolutely love your updates – your definitely covering a lot of turf – and yes Dudley certainly does resemble Doc ?

  3. Reply

    Annette

    September 24, 2016

    I am SO interested in William updates – sounds like a Blisters and Bliss mystery! haha

  4. Reply

    Jodie

    September 24, 2016

    I’m going to throw in a few oles for good measure today too.. Potentially stomp as well. XO.

  5. Reply

    Mom

    September 24, 2016

    Loved the update and the pics. You might have room for the new blanket if you get rid of the gift you bought yourself on Tom’s birthday. Kudos to Tom for biting his lip when you lost your ticket!

  6. Reply

    Kim (Lolita)

    September 24, 2016

    Lol! Love your blog! Haha computer with maps! Awesomeness!!

  7. Reply

    Auntie Sheila

    September 24, 2016

    Wow – this is all so exciting, you TomCats. Glad Tom had a great week-long b’day.
    All the things you are seeing are so interesting and full of so much history.
    Thanks so much for posting all this for our entertainment.
    Now I won’t have to travel there!
    #booonbullfightingevents

    • Reply

      Auntie Sheila

      September 24, 2016

      Tell me, did you watch the entire fight?

  8. Reply

    Auntie Sheila

    September 26, 2016

    Sounds like a Hemingway experience from ‘The Sun Also Rises’.

    Glad you could see a bucket-list item and how interesting to see how many people filled the stadium. In that heat, it must have been good to have shade.

    I bet the bull was pretty hot and sweaty too, by the end of it.
    #bloodsport #banbullfighting #fuckspanishcultrue #AwfulToseeDeadBullInUnfairFight #HopeNextCultureIsMoreCivilized

    • Reply

      Kerri

      September 27, 2016

      Hey auntie- I knew you would be horrified at the bull fight. I’m sorry to have written about it in such detail, but I really wanted to remember it and writing it down is a good way for me to recall things later.

      An experience for sure- I will not have to experience again!

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