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Oct 31, 2007 - Halloween

So I'm back in Spain, back to class. Tonight is Halloween, and I don't get to celebrate. They do celebrate Halloween here, but not the way we do, and a lot of my class is going to Sevilla for the weekend, so there is no one to celebrate with. Makes me sad. I'll just buy a back of candies and eat them, maybe watch a movie. There's a dance at the art school tonight, but I don't know if it's costume or not. I don't have a costume, but I have a mast I bought in Venice. Tomorrow is All Saints Day, which is a big deal here. They have patries...

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Oct 16, 2007 - what's up

Last night I started tutoring/teching two little boys English, ages 6 and 4. Their parents really want them to learn English. In Spain kids start learning English at age 7, but these parents want their kids to be ahead of the rest. They told me to only speak English with them, and use Spanish only when they didn't understand anything!... I use a lot of Spanish. They're really sweet, and they already knew how to say "pizza" and "french fries". the 4 year old, Juan, loves to say "elephant". Juan is learning how to make letters and it took a...

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Oct 4, 2007 - You know what's good?...

October 4, 2007 I got my package from my dad today!!! YAY! I have a coat with a hood now! I have a philosophical problem with umbrellas, so I needed something with a hood. People from Oregon should rarely use umbrellas. I'd say never but one should never say never. Anyway, I also have my North Face, lots of fruit leather, probably an entire Costco thing, oatmeal, Quaker granola bars, beef jerky, crystal light, and PIE! I really like pie. OO, and randomly a nutter-butter, which is nice because I haven't had peanut butter since I left the...

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Dec 11, 2006 - Water Pipe

Man those Romans were good, at least for a while. Smack dab in the middle of Segovia, a town a couple of hours north of Madrid, is a huge aqueduct as tall as a fairly tall building sitting across the landscape like a giant comb. Almost a full kilometre long, the duct is an impressive structure, and it dominates the windows of all the souvenir shops here in town. Amazingly, the entire stone structure is held together without a drop of binder or cement - just good old Roman know how with dowels and key stoned arches. It always amazes me how...

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Oct 18, 2006 - On the way to Segovia, Madrid and London

Traveled from Oveido with the idea of stopping in Zemora but, surprisingly, Zamora was the first place Gail and I felt uncomfortable -- of course Eddie is fine anywhere. We kept on going, looking for places along the way to Segovia. Stopped in Toro another walled city with beautiful empty plazas, plenty of parking, a completed infrastruture and no place to stay. We ended up in a hostel over the main drag and spent the night there for 15€ apiece. Getting up we found it was raining, the first time outside of London. We have been lucky...

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JHGJax Oct 2006

Oct 8, 2006 - Another day in Segovia

Another beautiful day in Segovia. Of course we all slept late - despite what I hear about snoring (who me? no way!!). A leisurely wake up, small snack, get ready, do some laundry (something no one can get away from when traveling as a lifestyle), head out for cafeleleche and pastry. A short walk later we found ourselves back at the starting point and sat under unbrellas on the main square staring up at the aqueduct and cathedral on the hill. Up the down staircase (not really but a lot of stairs) to the top and St Paul's Cathedral, parks and...

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JHGJax Oct 2006

Aug 17, 2006 - Segovia

Another day trip to this ancient town (apparently no-one knows exactly when it was founded) where the star attraction is the Roman Aqueduct, a giant thing bang in the centre of town. I've never seen anything like it. There is also a nice old town and one of the nicest cathedrals I've seen on my travels. Walked along the length of the aqueduct and took in the views before heading back to Madrid in time for the pub crawl, alcohol an important part of the day's plans once again.

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Aug 14, 2006 - Splendid Segovia

We decided on a day trip out of Madrid and Segovia came up trumps. We'd seen about all we wanted to of Madrid and I must say it didn't rank all that highly with us. I suppose if we had more energy or inclination we may have partaken in its night life but, alas no. Segovia was a two hour train ride north of Madrid and is famous for its Roman Aqueduct and 13th-century fortress. The Aqueduct is quite impressive. At 1.7km long and a two tiered 28 metres high, it dominates the new town centre just outside the city walls. We only had four hours...

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Aug 11, 2006 - Walled Avila

Beautiful blue skies again for our day trip from Salamanca to the town of Avila an hour away by train. We had to decide whether or not to use one of our days on the Eurail pass as the Spanish trains aren't subsidised by much and it probably wouldn't worth it. We are beginning to think we shouldn't have got the Eurail pass. It's probably not going to work out cost effective. We're not travelling much in the expensive countries like Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium and we're travelling more in the cheaper countries of Spain and Italy...

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Jun 4, 2006 - el escorial & avila

ok. sooooo, monasteries are apparently closed on mondays. if youre going to a city just for the monastery and its a monday - SKIP IT. so, yea. el escorial kinda sucked. avila on the other hand was pretty cool - typical enclosed nedieval town with cafes and a little shopping. had a WHOLE trout for lunch - teeth, tail, and alll. yummmmmy.

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Apr 10, 2006 - Segovia

So I struggled to wake up but did make it to the 9am train to Segovia. As previously mentioned this place is open on a Monday. Everything in Madrid closes. The train only 9 Euro for the return trip. Took about 2 hours to get there. There was a screen with the temperature showing and when we arrived it was only 6 degrees. I didn't realise it would be so cold and only had my 3/4 trousers on and a thin jumper. Walked to warm up and eventually found my way to the city centre and information centre. Got a map (first thing I find when arriving in...

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Jan 4, 2006 - Segovia, Spain

January 4 - Madrid is an excellent base for day trips to nearby historic cities such as Toledo, Avila, Cuenca and Segovia. These towns have as much to offer as Madrid without a lot of the big city atmosphere. We have allowed 2 days for such day trips. Today we headed north by train (2 hours by train, quicker by bus) to Segovia. We arrived and took the bus into the center of the old town located on a large hill. Our first stop was the city's cathedral, gothic in nature and completed in the late 1500's. Probably more fetching from the outside...

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