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Jul 23, 2005 - Madrid - Tapas, Sangria and Shopping!
Reluctant to return to London on Neha's birthday, Kiran arranged a stopover in Madrid. Thank God he did, as the culture shock that we faced on arrival in Madrid would only have been amplified several times in London. Arriving in a developed country after 4 months in Africa was bound to be a little unsettling to say the least. While Neha struggled to take in all the latest fashions, Kiran came to terms with yet another unknown language. We took in a few of the sights - the stadium where Real Madrid train was on the top of Kiran's list as...Jump to full entry
Jul 16, 2005 - Segovia, SPAIN
We have moved on to the fortress city of Segovia, built over centuries on the Spanish Central Plateau. The drive from Salamanca at times looked almost identical to the plains of the midwest USA with flat golden fields of wheat and sunflowers. It's hot and dry. The architecture is fantastic from the Roman aquaduct to the Moorish influence evident in the fanciful stucco work. We managed (by luck) to hit another annual festival and the streets are full of music, theatrics and art. We are so accustomed to eating at 10:00pm, sleeping at 1:00am...Jump to full entry
Jul 5, 2005 - Avila
We started today with an early call at 6:30am and had our bags out by 7:00am. We got our continental breakfast and were ready to board the coach by 7:30am. They were putting the luggage under the coach. I got the bag with the computer placed on top of other bags. I did not want it to get squished. I got on the coach before anyone and placed our items on the seat behind the driver. This would prevent any problems as to someone claiming our seats before Inés got the seats assigned which starts tomorrow. We were soon off to Avila and it was...Jump to full entry
Jun 15, 2005 - My Last Week in Madrid
This last week in Madrid has been chaotic between sorting through everything that I have managed to accumulate over the last few years, tying up loose ends at work and saying goodbye to friends. It has also been quite the challenge to narrow my packing list down to just those items that I absolutely need. I am so looking forward to getting over this hurdle and starting my big adventure. Less than a week left now!Jump to full entry
May 27, 2005 - Speak English, darnit!!!!
Now, I'm not one to impose my native tongue or anything else on the rest of the good peoples of the world BUT... I will be spending the next week in a town called Gredos a bit north of Madrid forcing my native tongue on Spaniards. Hey, maybe Spaniards deserve it, look what they did to South America. The Spanish are businesspeople, mostly, who are finding the pressure to speak English in order that they can transact deals with businesspeople in China essential. Irony of ironies, I know. SOmeday all that will be left of the united state's...Jump to full entry
Jun 1, 2004 - Segovia, Spain
Oh my, Segovia. Segovia is some two hours by train from Madrid. We hopped on the 10 o´clock train and were in Segovia by about noon. We ate lunch after not finding anything for some time. Continuing on into the city, the streets finally opened up to and T shaped Plaza. The top part of the T defined by the Roman Aqueduct. This stone block wall of 128 pillars is the entrance to the city. We climbed the stairs to the top on the left side of the wall and could see the outskirts of the city below. We were high enough as it was, I had felt the...Jump to full entry
May 30, 2004 - Segovia
Extract from my e-mail Journal About an hour from Avilla is another world heritage site, Segovia It's famous for it's intact Roman aqueduct which is an awesome site! It is enormous, nearly half a mile long and 100 feet high! That's spectacular enough but the cathedral is equally inspiring. With it's 22 chapels and 100 foot soaring columns (the bases must be 25 feet in diametre) it really does catch the imagination, which is, of course, it's exact purpose. Comment on this storyJump to full entry