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Jan 17, 2014 - Albayzín, Granada

Yesterday was another rainy day, so we had another lazy day doing not very much, but this morning dawned overcast but dry. So after breakfast we set off to catch the same two buses as Wednesday, this time travelling with a German couple from the campground who we were able to advise about visiting the Alhambra. We ourselves got off the bus and walked down through the Alhambra Woods to find the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, which is currently the #1 attraction on TripAdvisor. We followed the signs at first but then there were none, so it took...

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Jan 17, 2014 - January

Our weather forecast was dull for 3/4 days from yesterday, but luckily they're wrong and it's very hot today, yesterday was cool till lunchtime. We had a lovely walk in neighbouring village through a nature reserve, which was typically Spanish, and not in a good way! The board walks went around a large pond with reed beds, with bamboo around the perimeter & of course they haven't been maintained so no one can see through the heavy curtain of bamboo to see the birds! At one point someone has chopped them down so if you're tall you can get a...

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Winter 2013

Jan 15, 2014 - The Alhambra, Granada

It rained all day yesterday so again so after a nice sleep in and a leisurely brunch we had an “in Homer” day. Today we woke up to patches of blue sky so we set off to catch 2 buses to the Alhambra. The bus stop is right across the road, weekdays buses run every 15mins and the fare was €1.50 each into Central Granada. From there we had about a 20 minute wait for the No. 13 bus to take us to the Alhambra. At peak times you must book ahead for a time slot to visit the Nasrid Palaces but we walked straight up to the ticket office and booked...

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Jan 13, 2014 - La Zubia, Granada

On Saturday we left late morning and drove the three hours to Granada. It was once again a scenic drive on motorway most of the way, although it was a cloudy day and threatened to rain a couple of times. We arrived at Camping Reina Isabel (N 37° 07' 28" W 3° 35' 12") in La Zubia, a village to the south of Granada. We like this campsite; it’s reasonably small but not very busy. The reception staff are very helpful, everything we need is nearby and the bathrooms are heated (yes it is quite cold, about 8°C). Yesterday was a beautiful day and...

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Jan 4, 2014 - España with my familia

Happy New Year everyone! The family left yesterday after almost 2 weeks in Spain. We stayed at a great resort in Marbella, in the province of Málaga (still in Andalucía). It was right on the Mediterranean Sea! Marbella is a pretty touristy area because of all the resorts, but still fun. Churros con chocolate, paella, and plenty of other good food. The weather was pretty great actually, but on one of the rainier days we kinda just hung out in our apartment and played cards. We rented a big Mercedes van so we could do se day trips, too. The...

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Jan 2, 2014 - Christmas and New Year

Before Christmas we explored the area a bit more, found a large Lidl only 5 mins drive away, an excellent Asian superstore, which claims to stock of 30,000 items, which you don't believe until you get inside, I went in while Roy loaded the Lidl shopping then when he came to join me it took him ages to find me. That afternoon was a turning point in the weather, it got really hot,the sea was dead calm,so when we took the dogs Blue did his first proper swim - he went out and kept going! He obviously was in his element, his tail was wagging,...

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Winter 2013

Dec 19, 2013 - Settled in at La Bellavista site, Manilva

Thursday 19th Have settled in well now, been a few trips out in the car, weather very mixed with some gales,some rain and some lovely warm sunshine at times. site getting busier, with folk arriving for Christmas, lots of m'homes and caravans have lights and decorations up. The local towns only had lights up yesterday, just one week before the Day. Nice, you appreciate them more. Morrisons in Gib is the only sign of Christmas in the shops in any quantity, a few supermarkets have Carols playing in the background, in Spanish. Went birding in...

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Winter 2013

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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Dec 7, 2013 - WEEK 6 and losing count so think this will have to go!

Thursday 5th December Around Malaga, Torremolinos,Benalmedina, fabulous views all the way, but outskirting the busy areas. Brilliant drive in hot sunshine. Found Manilva easily, had to pass our booked site, then go back down dual carr. to enter it. So pleased that it looks exactly like the website, so seldom is this a fact! Booked in and choose a site but it wasn't ideal for us for a long stay so we asked to be moved, and next day we were helped by Fernando the groundsman, who lopped branches off a dead tree so we could get parked more...

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Winter 2013

Dec 7, 2013 - WEEK 5

Thursday 28th to Sunday 1st December E & D took us in their car to their local Grand Canyon, which was a beautiful drive with lovely scenery, then to Lo Pagan, at the north end of the La Manga strip, with amazing nature reserve that we must come back to - the sea water in the lagoons is PINK really weird looking but honestly it is PINK! We ended our day at a local Chinese restaurant, with a super meal and back home. Friday we went to into Cartegena, visited the Roman ampitheathre and enjoyed the lovely city - such beautiful buildings. OH,...

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Winter 2013

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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