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Mar 12, 2014 - Carnaval!!!

How do I even start to describe this amazing whirlwind of a week? Definitely going to have to break it up. Starting with: Carnaval. Might even have to break that up too! We can skip Thursday night because, even though I looked great and was totally rocking a middle part, it turned out to be a dud of a night. Not that it wasn't fun, just nothing special. Actually now that I think about it (this was almost 2 weeks ago) I think that's the night a got a burrito at the punta that made me feel sick so I went home early (like 2... Hah). Moving on...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Cumpleaños!!

Soooooo yesterday was my birthday! It was kinda of a boring day haha. Didn't do anything besides go for a walk with my host mom and the dog. It was beautiful yesterday, though. It has been raining a lot this week, but yesterday it cleared up for me! The night was not boring, though! In typical Spanish fashion, we sat down for dinner around 10:45, and had some delicious ham and cheese and tortilla, and I grave my host family their first experience with California wine, courtesy of Kokomo! They surprised me with a cake and present! Then I met...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Cadiz

This morning we set off to catch the 11.30am ferry to Cadiz. It took us a little longer to walk there than we expected and we arrived to be told the ferry was “suspended” and that a bus could take us to Cadiz. We had a drink at a nearby café while waiting for the 12.20pm bus, by which time Glenn and Albertine had joined us and we all took the bus together; a 30min trip for €2.65 each one-way. At the tourist information office we picked up maps – Cadiz has a great walking system with four different routes marked in different colours on the...

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Jan 31, 2014 - El Puerto Del Santa Maria

It was raining again when we got up today. We were going to go into Conil as they have a market every Friday but the weather didn't look like clearing up so we decided to give it a miss & push on towards Seville. But first we had to get off our pitch & had to wait for the maintenance man to turn up with his big pickup & tow us back off the pitch. No Problemo, as we Spanish speakers say? We headed off towards Cadiz with the intention of going North to Seville, about 90 miles away. However as we were late starting out we changed our minds &...

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Dec 19, 2013 - All alone in España!

Finals are done!! None of them were all that difficult, but I studied hard because with these easy (relative to my usual course load at UW) I really need to use them to boost my gpa. I think I accomplished just that, but grades aren't out yet so we shall see. I'm taking a packing break. I have to move all my stuff over to my new house tomorrow, but keep the stuff I want to have with me until the end of January (for traveling). It's hard!Especially when all I have is a backpack for a month! I'm coming to my last few days in my current house...

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Dec 8, 2013 - End of the semester

Paris was my last trip of the semester! Since then, I've been hanging around Cádiz. We had a big Thanksgiving dinner at this nice restaurant with everyone in the program and their madres. Our director, Rita, is about to have a baby so we all got her presents and gave them to her that night. I happened upon a lovely little knitting store and made a baby beanie and matching headband for Rita. Since then I've made headbands for 3 friends with many more requests line up haha. Too bad for them, though, because right now I'm working on a baby...

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Nov 29, 2013 - Day 59 Cadiz

Our ship took a day and a half to reach Cadiz Spain. It's may be the oldest inhabited city in the western world with over 3,000 years of history. We were able to start sightseeing at 8am but had to be back at the ship by 4:30pm. Our plan was to first walk around the city by way of the Cadiz City Wall. The walk was quite nice with several small gardens along our walk. Part way around we saw the Castillo de Santa Catalina, a castle which was built in the 1600's in order to protect the city from all the Dutch looting. We then saw the Cathedral...

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Nov 14, 2013 - Cadiz, Spain

Gibraltor and Cadiz, Spain, November 14 3 am! Grammar dragged us out of bed at 3 in the morning so that we could see Gibraltor as we sailed past. We stayed up on the verytop deck for an hour. It was cold but exciting to be able to see both southern Europe and North Africa at the same time. The “Rock” looked just the way it should – like the sillouette symbol for the Prudential Insurance Company of America! It was very dark, with the only lights being on the extended apron of land in front of it. Grammar took some terrible photos of...

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Aug 31, 2013 - Finally Arrived!

I left home at 4:30 am Friday morning to go to the airport (see a gorgeous photo-not-of me at the airport on my dad's Facebook), and after 3 planes and a bus, I made it to my house around 7 pm Saturday. I'm living with a host family in el Casco Antiguo (as apposed to the new part of town), so I'm close to everything, including the beach, my friends, the university, the buses, the boats, the nightlife, etc. this family has had lots of exchange students Iin the past and they have three kids(all older than me) , two of which live here. I have...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Beginning of my journey

Today, I'm gearing myself for an exciting voyage. My route has been plotted and now I'm double checking to assure I have all my vital supplies in order. Supplies: 1.Adequate amount of food (specifically: rice, sugar, unleavened bread, and flour)water, and trading material (cloth, molasses) 2.Map (which contains my route) and compass 3.Telescope 4.Nets and poles Unfortunately, the navigational process is grueling because of the insufficient techniques and I may have difficulty seeing where I'm going. On the bright side, I have a decent...

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Aug 7, 2012 - Cadiz - Sea & Bus

We had breakfast in our room and watched the ship dock at Cadiz. We were all ready to leave as soon as the gangway was down. Christine again decided to stay on board as we were going swimming. We decided to take the Hop-on-Hop-off bus as it went to the beaches. We were at the beach in a couple of stops and went down to a lovely wide, soft sand of Santa Maria Beach. The water was decidedly cooler than at Ajaccio, and only feet got wet today. We walked along the beach a way and the children searched for shells and built sand castles. We got...

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May 17, 2012 - Cadiz

After toast and coffee at the hotel, we began the drive along the coast to Cadiz. They say Cadiz is the oldest continually occupied city in Europe. The old town includes a Roman Theater and an Arab castle. The Roman Theater was being renovated. Hm. Perhaps more “reconstructed.” Lots of bags of cement and big rocks lying around. Still, impressive to think that the Romans built an out-lying port there and had a booming civilization. The real glory days of Cadiz were in the 18th Century. Columbus began two of his four trips to America from...

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