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Apr 16, 2014 - Day 13 - "I knew Captain Stubing and you, Sir, are no Captain Stubing"

I always find it difficult to shop for people while I'm on vacation. But it's something that must be done. The kids are expecting presents, and our parents, who watched these kids for two weeks deserve something. Still, it's a difficult task for several reasons: - You generally want to get people something that is unique to the place you visited. So you inevitably find yourself in these crappy souvenir stores that all sell exactly the same shitty merchandize. Plus, these types of souvenir stores always seem to emphasize the absolute worst...

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Apr 11, 2014 - Day 12 - Scratching the surface of Madrid

Madrid is really intimidating. Not in a scary way, like you fear for your safety. It's intimidating because there's a lot going on in this city. A lot of sights that probably would be on a "must do" list if they were in another city. But we're only here for three days. We're not going to be able to see it all. We're not going to even come close to seeing it all. I realized this on the cab ride from the train station on Wednesday night. We kept passing beautiful buildings of obvious historical significance. There's a ton of them. There's...

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Jan 14, 2014 - Day 23 - Madrid, rinse and repeat

With Roger's tummy playing up a bit last night and his fall in the shower, we're taking an even slower day today. We don't get out of the hotel before 12, which to me sounds like a very local thing to do. We jump back onto the sightseeing bus, picking up where we left the blue line last night, back to the neptune fountain where the tours begin. It takes about an hour to do and again there's just more magnificent buildings to see. The city has such history! Once back at the start, we decide that since it's too late for breakfast we'll just...

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Jan 13, 2014 - Day 22 - (Reine) Sofie's choice

Today we've decided that since we're only in the city for a couple of days we should take advantage of one of those hop on hop off buses so that we can get an overview of the important things to see in the city. We take the green line first that takes us around the city and slightly up north where the real madrid football club stadium is. Gav is surprised that people actually want to get off here to look at it, but I'm sure for football fans this is an important venue. Rog gets told off by a Japanese couple on the trip as he has the window...

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Jan 12, 2014 - Day 21 - Hablo no inglese

It's always tiring when moving cities. Repacking, usually getting up early to make sure everything is done, organised, check out completed, getting out to the airport, checking in, etc etc. Today is no different. We're up early, having had our breakfast, which included a chef cooked omelette, which was very nice. It's Sunday, there's not a lot of traffic about, and we opt to take a taxi to the airport, mostly because we have the suitcases and we're not sure that we could cope with two trains to the airport with all the luggage. It only...

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Nov 25, 2013 - Madrid with the Stones!

Two weekends ago I met Mr. And Mrs. Stone and Bronwyn in Madrid! Sorry for the lack of pictures- I've been lazy about it all semester, but throw in parents with a camera, and I took zero pictures all weekend. Actually I did take one of some delicious little macaron for my mom, only to be upstaged by her huge strawberry and cream, homemade ones. Thanks Mom. Every time I call her she is making something different. She's trying to make me come home early or something. Haha. We stayed at this awesome apartment in a great location. There was a...

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Nov 22, 2013 - Day 54 Madrid

We went on a self-guided walking tour first this morning. Our first stop was Spain's Parliament; again no entrance but the security officers were quite nice. Later we went through The Iglesia de los Jeronimos church. It didn't have a lot of glitter but did have some beautiful oil paintings with English descriptions. In the art district we noticed this building with sculptures in its windows of people doing everyday actives. Pretty cool! We then worked our way over to the Parque de el Madrid and enjoyed it immensely. The park belonged to the...

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Nov 21, 2013 - Day 53 Madrid

After breakfast we did a little shopping before going on a late morning tour. Probably the most enjoyable part of the tour was being around other English-speaking individuals! There have been very few since coming to Spain. Tour participants were from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Scotland. (We're not sure if the people from Scotland were really speaking English all the time.) The sites that we visited were interesting especially the Royal Palace that has over 3000 rooms and the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Royal of La...

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Nov 20, 2013 - Day 52 Madrid

After breakfast we walked to the bus station to go to Madrid. The French couple that we met at breakfast yesterday said that it's the best way to get to Madrid. It took us only 15 minutes to get to the bus station and they have a direct bus that only takes 50 minutes. That's almost as fast as the train so we thought we'd try a new experience. The bus at the bus station was certainly easier to find than the train at the train station. The ride went we and felt like we were in the USA. We traveled the entire way on the expressway and the ride...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Santiago

Today I am back in Madrid after completing my journey in 31 days I am very glad to be going home tomorrow. What an experience I have had this past month.thanks to all who thought of me during this time especially my wife who held everything together I love her more now than ever before. Words can't really explain this journey one would have to really endure the difficult cold damp weariness aching feet sore back and one more step each day to go another 14 miles. I would never do it again but am glad I did and really wouldn't encourage...

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Aug 26, 2013 - weekly training

Left at 5:30 it was 64 degrees walked to Exxon station and rested at Cracker Barrel got home at 2:30 it was 90 degrees covered 18.6 miles not a bad trip no problems except got a blister on the same toe again. Getting close last week walked twice for a total of 22 miles. Plan on 10 miles tomorrow.

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Aug 9, 2013 - Weekly walks

On 6 Aug walked 14.5 miles some rain but cool got new blisters on the right foot for the first time, today walked 6.5 miles was clouds looked like rain but it turned off hot by the time I got home it was 88 degrees and sunny left at 8am got back at 1155 added some weight to backpack shoes so it is up to 28 pounds about my limit. One month from today I will be in Spain.

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