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Jan 10, 2017 - low key Tuesday

Another low key day today, as I got some extra sleep to help get rid of my cough and cold. Patrick ventured out to the Farmicia for some cold medicine. Muy bueno. We did a bit of walking this afternoon and had a late lunch at Cafe Del Carmela in the Santa Cruz neighborhood. I had the menu del dia or menu of the day. Many resteraunts have this option at lunch with several choices of courses including beverage, bread, and dessert for a reasonable price. I had choice of broth or ensalada (I chose the salad which was dressed with olive oil),...

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Jan 9, 2017 - What day is it? Monday

Another beautiful sunny day on Monday. Visited the Plaza de Espana where many government offices are located, and as you can see behind me, is very beautiful. Lots of gorgeous tilework detail. We visited the Foreigners Office to find out what our final requirements are for the Residence card, and we have an appointment to go back on the 18th. Then we had lunch at Cafe Bar Citroen - gazpacho (the cold tomato soup which we are loving) and grilled vegetables. Yummy. Feeling a bit worn out due to our late night enjoying the Packer's playoff...

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Jan 8, 2017 - The boss takes a sick day

For those of you who did happen to check in yesterday......you found some pictures but no story, well I'm here to correct that. I had started a narrative but about three para's in, it all disappeared so I just closed it. I had started by saying that Karen came up sick yesterday morning, seemingly with a cold as I didn't find any empty wine bottles! It was a bit of a challenge getting medicine as my street Spanish hadn't included any of those words, but we did find something and it must have worked as she's much better today. The weather's...

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Jan 8, 2017 - quiet Sunday - at first

We were up and out early today, but it felt much colder than 42F/6C. Walked north a bit, then returned for an early and extended siesta. We think we're both coming down with colds. The extra sleep might come in handy as Patrick (bless his heart!) found a sports bar a few minutes from here that will televise the Packer game. Due to the time difference, it starts here at 10:30 pm. *** We ventured back out around 7 for beer and tapas at Bodega Santa Cruz. We had seen the place crowded with locals yesterday. The beer was Cruzcampo - a cheap...

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Jan 7, 2017 - Happy Birthday Patrick! and Getting oriented in Sevilla

Feeling a bit jet-lagged today, but managed to do some walking, past Seville Cathedral to the south, and through a bit of Barrio Santa Cruz. Visited a supermercado for some toasties, cheese, and fruit. Seville is a bustling vibrant city and I can't wait to explore more of it. There are rows of loaded bitter orange trees everywhere, used to make vinegar and a marmalade that's very popular in Britain. Birthday dinner with Patrick at 8pm, which is early by Spanish standards. Dined outside (which is very common) at Bodega Gongora. I had pork...

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Jan 5, 2017 - On the loose in Malaga

Well, we made it in pretty much on time last night. Got the keys for the condo and brief instructions then off to bed, felt pretty good after 27 hours with no sleep! I was up early (as usual) but Karen made it till almost 1100. By noon we were off to the main street in old town to wander the markets, settled on a place for "Tapa's" (lunch) and wandered till our feet hurt. Now back at the condo and catching up on correspondence before heading out for "Cena" (supper) The condo is small but well kept and very handy to everything we wanted to...

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Jan 5, 2017 - Travel Day

Very long travel day - about 30 hours. Got dropped off at MSP around Noon on Jan 5 and arrived Sevilla just before midnight Jan 6, which is about 5pm CT with a seven hour time difference. Photos from the plane above Paris daytime and Seville nighttime. Eiffel tower just barely seen through the clouds. Photos of Seville Cathedral and Flying Waffle from our rooftop at midnight!

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Dec 21, 2016 - Rain, Rain and Change of Plans

We had three days of heavy rain and by day three well over half of the campground was flooded. We were ok but we felt sorry for a number of fellow campers as not only were their awnings flooded but some of their campers/caravans were flooded. We also kept losing electricity and the water was off most of day. Our second issue was that Heather’s Mum (90 years old) had fallen and was in hospital in England and although Heather’s sister was managing at the moment after discussion with her we decided we would start heading back to the UK. We...

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Dec 15, 2016 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Today we headed to the area near Tabernas famous as the setting of the western films such as the “Good the Bad and the Ugly”. The Tabernas desert is an area of impressive Badlands. We explored the area by car, stopped in Tabernas to walk to the castle and then took roads both sides of the main valley. It was an interesting drive.

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Dec 14, 2016 - Walk to Las Pillas Volcanic Crater

We had been recommended this walk up to the valley of Las Pillas which had been formed from an old volcanic crater. Most of the walk was along a river bed with some interesting plants. Further along we found the ruins of an old farm with an amazing thrashing floor. The volcanic bowl was quite impressive.

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Dec 11, 2016 - Local floods

We are back from our 5 day flying visit to Scotland, which we enjoyed very much despite the cold. Had a lovely early Christmas Day on Saturday 3rd Dec, all the family came, Jenny did a roast lamb joint and a fresh chicken roast with all the usual trimmings and her fabulous Yorkshires, Billie made a huge chocolate log cake, the little ones loved opening their presents from us and the adults opened one each, then we had time for a game of Chinese dominoes before the lovely day ended. Sunday we had shocking news that Sabinillas had been...

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Dec 9, 2016 - Car breakdown

In the morning, we had gone out to the nearby shops. However,as we turned into the road to the campground we suddenly lost power and had several warnings lights come on. We limped back to the campground and called our European breakdown. It took two hours for a breakdown truck to come- we were glad we had got back to the campground. Tony went with the car which was taken to a nearby SEAT dealer. They looked at it and couldn’t find anything wrong and everything seemed OK again. Having left the garage and one junction down the motorway the...

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