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May 20, 2014 - Cadiz - Hop On/Hop Off Bus Ride

Monday I felt somewhat better. At least well enough I wanted some fresh air. I was coughing up a lot of phlegm so I took another hot shower to loosen all that up. I decided I didn't want to do a whole lot of walking so I'd try the hop on/hop off bus since one of the stops was right across the street at what I now know is called Playa Victoria or Victoria Beach. Some Fun Facts I found out about Cadiz: It currently has 125,000 people. It was founded as a port city for the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. It became the third most important of the...

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May 19, 2014 - Cadiz - Taking a Sick Day

Sunday May 18... I was sick. I have a horrible spring head cold. Except having to go out to find food I stayed in the room all day. Mostly in bed reading or sleeping. I did get some laundry done in my bidet. That should be the last time I have to worry about that. I have been drinking tons of water and taking my Ricola Vitamin C lozenges. I have taken some Advils hoping to reduce the sinus swelling. I also took a hot shower to see if I could break up the congestion in my chest. Other than that there is not much to do for a cold but let it...

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May 18, 2014 - Cadiz - What a great place to be sick!

I wasn't feeling good at all when I left La Linea. Some celebration was going on somewhere near or in my hotel the night before and I had gotten no sleep at all between my cold and the noise. I had about a three block walk to the bus station. It was a very nice, comfy bus that made it to Cadiz early. The Cadiz station was also the station for the trains and it was only two blocks from the cruise ship port. All very convenient. Since there were no available maps of Cadiz to orient me, since I didn't feel well and since I knew my hotel was a...

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May 5, 2014 - Cadiz

Cadiz is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the Iberian Peninsula. It has served as the home port for the Spanish Navy since the 18th century. The city lies on a narrow stretch of land surrounded by the Atlantic and is the main thoroughfare to Seville. We have all been to Seville before so decided to explore Cadiz. It is another lovely Spanish town full of charm. We left the ship and walked past the 1741 former tobacco factory (shade of Carmen in Seville). From there on to the very grand Puerta de Tierra, the main entrance to the...

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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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