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Jun 1, 2005 - strike this!

you want to know why any european country will never be a world power (not that it really matters, but it was a clever way to begin this entry)? for how much they revere their precious little rail system, it's certainly not that reliable. so i got into barcelona this morning. which was fine. i actually slept on the night train. but i figure i should make my train reservation to nice earlier to save myself the 59 euro for a bed because all the seats are taken. but guess what. there's a train strike. no trains to nice until at least friday....

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Jun 1, 2005 - Barcelona on the Bus

Stiges was an eye opener in how diverse the gay community is. The place was jammed packed with couples of gay men from all over the world. It sure put paid to the view that all gay men fit the stereotype. It took the kids who both reckon they have "gaydar" as in radar a while to notice but finally they cottoned on. The camp ground we stayed at was perfectly located for a day trip to Barcelona. The bus stop was right outside the entrance with an hour on the bus and into Place Cataluna - right in the centre of town by the Barri Gottic area....

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May 31, 2005 - Into Spain

A drive around the coast road from Coulliore where we stayed at a beachside camping ground. A lovely British couple gave us some tips for where tostay ouf of Barcelona so off we headed. Tryed to stop at the Dali Museum in Figeures on the way but alas it was Monday and the museum was closed; We drove on down the toll road to Barcelona. No luck finding the Fourmule 1 Hotel so we headed around the city looking for the camp grounds. What an experience ! The GPS is only programmed for France so no help in other countries! After a couple of...

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May 29, 2005 - Barcelona, top town!

Barcelona definitely gets a vote of approval for the city break! Had a great few days here! We headed up to Montserrat, to on old monastery in the mountains, about 50km outside of the city on our first day, Squat wasn't quite ready to hit walkways of another Spanish city just yet, needed to head into the mountains for a 'city break'. And on the second day we hit Barcelona early for a full day of exploring! We ended up finding the right bus tour with commentary, didn't want another Lisbon 'bus drop off tour' with no commentary! We had a...

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May 20, 2005 - Barcelona to Madrid (my 1st screwup)

When I got onto the overnight train the porter held on to my eurail pass which baffled me because previous trains I caught they give you your eurail pass back immediatley. I bugged the guy 3 times about it and he said the last time in broken english I would get it when we arrived at the destination. I was worried that there would be a shift change enroute(stopping throught other stations) and he would be gone and I would be without my eurail pass. At about 3 am I awoke thinking did he say I would get my eurail pass when we get to...

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Scott's vacation

May 15, 2005 - From Kirvan Chao

This is the newly joined traveller here (aka Kirvan). Hello from Barcelona to all you loyal travel followers out there! This city is amazing (good: fantastic architecture and riots into the not so wee hours of the morning over the Madrid/Barc football game, bad: mullhawks, the afore promised pictures will be posted soon). In case all you out there are wondering, yes, the riots did involve our first (and hopefully) only experience with tear gas. Yes, it burns and no, it's not enjoyable. Forunately we and most of our mucous membranes made it...

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May 15, 2005 - Valencia to Barcelona

Day 44 Weather: 29 degrees On my way to the bus station today I stopped in the park to watch a local U17 football match. It looked pretty interesting and the spectators were very vocal. After about 10 mins of me watching, a penalty was given and the player from the visiting team was sent off. As he was leaving the other team were taunting him and getting him all fired up, then before you know it, a brawl between the teams benches and the spectators erupted. There must've been 20-25 people all throwing punches. But it didn't last long, coz...

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Home Again...

May 14, 2005 - on to Barcelona

Yesterday we took the train from Bordeaux to Barcelona. The trip was pretty long (about 7hrs on the train with a 2hr layover). We travelled along southwest France along the north shore of the Mediterranian Sea. It was an awesome experience going through the mountains, and starting to see all of the palm trees and more tropical vegitation. Barcelona is a very beautiful city, and so far, the people are very nice. Today we are planning on going to the beach which is about a 10min walk from our Hostel. We are planning to stay here a few days...

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May 10, 2005 - Hola - Barcelona

Hola all, We have been in Barcelona for three days now and will be leaving tomorrow with rental car in tow to try our wits against the craziest drivers in the world. Well it seems that way anyway to the casual observer. Apparently a few road rules do not exist in Spain, like merging and giving way and stopping for lights etc. There must be something about the climate in Barcelona that makes artists want to take a whole facefull of psychotropic drugs. We have had a Gaudi day (yesterday) and today travelled to Figuerres which is about 80km NE...

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May 8, 2005 - Back in Barcelona!

Hey Yall... Here I am once again in Barcelona, Spain! I must admit that after traveling around in Europe (Spain, Italy, France) and Morocco (North Africa), I really liked Spain best of all! The weather, the tapas, the sangrias, and the openhearted people of Spain really drew me! Don't take me wrong as I still think Italy and France are wonderful, too. I just happened to like Spain teeny weenie bit better! I am probably biased as ya know what gets me off happy - balmy weather, nice beaches with lounge chairs and umbrellas and waiter to bring...

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Apr 30, 2005 - Spain -- Barcelona

Day 27 - Sat Apr 30 to Barcelona (via Monterosso, Genoa, Nice, Port Bou, ugh!!) (Jen) Today we had to say goodbye to Vernazza. We had such a great time and it was so relaxing, we both hate to leave. Life moves slower here and it's been a nice change of pace from the "what site do we need to see next" plan. I could easily have done another night or two. Ia in Greece and Vernazza are our favorites so far, but I think Vernazza would beat out Ia as my favorite of the two. Partly because we met Catherine & Morgan and it was fun to spend time...

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Apr 29, 2005 - Evora to Barcelona

Another quick update. We spent a day in Evora (a world heritage town with lots of historic buildings including Roman remains) in Portugal and then visited a small off the track hill town called Monseraz. I think it was my favourite place as it was so quiet no other tourists at all. It is almost on the Spanish border and is a one of a string of fortified villages along the border. It is completely intact and within strong stone walls. There is a plaza in front of the castle and on special days they have buulfights there and all the people...

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