Making our way through Spain
We left Madrid and headed to Barcelona on the train. It was a nice no stress ride aboard the high speed train.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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….
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:
Just arrived in Seville for the day. Tomorrow we are off to Morocco.