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Jun 1, 2014 - Ready for School or to go home...

School starts tomorrow. I am very excited, but also very nervous. I have been having very bad anxiety and painic attacks. It is the worst pain i have ever felt. I want to go home. everything is so different and scary. I feel completely alone and scared.

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May 24, 2014 - Seville - I need more time!!!

So far I have planned this trip almost perfectly. Just about the right amount of time in each city, efficient transportation to and from each location, great hotels for the money, etc., etc. BUT I made one mistake - I didn't schedule enough time in Seville. I didn't even come close to scheduling enough time. I have posted pictures of a few things I only was able to see the outside of. I didn't even get close enough to take pictures of the 1992 World's Fair site. There is a Calatrava Bridge. That area is out a little ways from the old part...

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May 23, 2014 - Seville - Day Trip to Cordoba - Alcazar, Garden, Horses, Synagogue

On Thursday I took a day trip to Cordoba with a tour group. This was mainly because the guy at the desk at the Barcelona hotel had said how wonderful the city of Cordoba is and how beautiful the mosque/cathedral is. He was absolutely correct. I totally enjoyed Cordoba. We first saw the Royal Alcazar - the Royal Palace. This was where the Inquisitions were held and where Ferdinand and Isabella met with Columbus and other seafarers about getting to the East Indies. Not much is left to see of the inside of the Alcazar itself. It was used as a...

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May 22, 2014 - Seville - 1929 World Expo - Iberian Pavilion

World Expositions, then and occasionally now, are to allow those hosting them to brag about themselves and show off new technologies, industries and generally sell themselves to the world. Off the promenade porch there would have been exposition rooms showing off the Iberian peninsula's newest and best of everything. Some of the facilities were built to be temporary, as the Eiffel Tower was. These buildings were probably built to be permanent. The craftsmanship was incredible as you can see from all the intricate tile work. These buildings...

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May 21, 2014 - Seville - Real Alcazar Sevilla (Royal Palace)

I just happened on this during my initial walk around the area where I am staying. I had been so looking forward to the Alhambra and it lived up to my expectations but in some ways I am more impressed with this palace. It is definitely in better shape but it has always been in use and never suffered any devasting attacks, just an earthquake. It has been repurposed and reconstructed but the original "bones" are still there. I probably prefer this one because it was not nearly as crowded and it seemed we had better access to this than we did...

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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 20, 2014 - Seville - My hotel and surrounding area - more pics to come

I guess I'm getting lazy or maybe have gotten fed up with wandering around looking for my hotels but THIS TIME when I got to Seville I took a cab from the train station. Unfortunately, my hotel was on a street that is inaccessible by car. My taxi driver pointed up the street I should take and told me to take a left at the next street. I did that BUT the street I was to turn on was closed due to construction. I had to turn around, go back to the plaza where he left me and take an adjacent street. I knew I was close but just couldn't find it....

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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 14, 2014 - A little more Granada

I posted the pictures of the Alhambra tour from my first full day in Granada and then my Flamenco experience. The second full day I went over to the café next door to my hotel. They have very good internet service and have PEPSI. I have been having trouble finding Pepsi. Coke is everywhere and I will drink it in a pinch but I will always go out of my way to get a Pepsi vs. Coke. They also have a wonderful puff pasta filled with chocolate. So I hung out there until well after noon that second day updating my Travel Journal. I finally got to...

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Alhambra #2

Please see comments on Granada Alhambra #1 I show pictures of the rooms occupied by Washington Irving while he wrote "Tales of the Alhambra". [Did you notice they didn't have a plaque up saying these were also the rooms used by King Carlos V?] I read the book and had a hard time getting through it. There are a couple of "tales" in which he tells some of the legends of the Alhambra in specific chapters - those were interesting but don't waste your time on the whole book.

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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Alhambra #1

My guide to the Alhambra began by saying the Alhambra was actually a big city, with almost 2000 people living within or near the walls to support the royalty living within the palaces themselves. Some were tradesmen, some skilled artisans, other servants. Romans originally called the area Iliberis settling here in around 62 AD. Around the 8th century the Moors took over and called the city Granada after the district in which the Jews were living, Garnatha Al Yahud. In 1013 the capital of the area transferred from Cordova to Granada,...

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