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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 05:21 PM
So, I've been in Spain for about a month now...I'm studying abroad here until December. I'm living in a city called Murcia, which is about 2 hours down the Mediterranean coast from Valencia, and about 3 hours east of Granada. It's about the same size as Raleigh, as long as you don't include Cary or Apex or any of the numerous suburbs in Raleigh, so it's a lot like home, except for the fact that everyone here speaks Spanish (who knew?). Anyways, I'm having a great time so far (I just got internet in my apartment today, so now I can check up on here more often), and I was just wondering if anyone else has been to Spain or has any opinions on it. I'll try to post some pictures, too, when I can. Adios for now!

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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 05:26 PM
Bueanus anus mon senora!Sounds awesome!Well,I never been to Spain,but I kinda like the music Make the most of it & spread good vibes!

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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 05:53 PM
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Bueanus anus mon senora!


Does that translate to - "My lady, you've got a nice butt?"

bueno - good
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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 07:15 PM
Well....I never been to Spain.....but I kinda like the music.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 07:19 PM
I've been to Spain, if stopping there while in the Navy in the late 1970's counts....

Barcelona was really nice.

 
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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 07:23 PM
Tell a couple of senorita's to call me....

867-5309....

 

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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 07:51 PM
I've been to Spain. Sergio and I took a three week trip to Spain in 1999, October.
I loved Spain although we didn't go to the part of Spain you are in.

Barcelona was like a different country from the rest of Spain. We enjoyed walking down The Rambla in the evening and stopping for a drink. Gaudi designed buildings like the Gothic-style church, the Holy Family Cathedral, and The Caves apartment building were very impressive and very imaginative. What a mind Gaudi had. We ate paella everyday and Crema Catalan for dessert. Just don't order Crema Catalan in Madrid. Some kind of historic rivalry I think.

Next we flew to Madrid. Fine art in the museums. Everybody was out on the streets walking at night. The people of Spain have a sweet tooth. The special dessert cafes were full at night and a chocolate store on every corner it seemed.

The Cathedral of Tupelo was majestic to say the least. I don't believe I've ever seen a more beautiful sight. Sergio remarked that now we know what the Spaniards did with all the gold they stole from the new world. Toledo is a walled city and so much history to take in.

We took the Bullet Train to Seville. What a wonderful way to travel. With bullfight rings and flamenco dancers, this city is what I always thought Spain was like.

We took a bus to Granada. The Alhambra is a dream. The people of Granada are the friendliest and happiest people I've ever met.

We found very friendly people everywhere we went in Spain. We enjoyed the food too. The Spanish Tortilla was so good and it not a corn tortilla at all. It's a big pancake made of potatoes and eggs. Real comfort food.

Sergio's first language is Spanish (and he is fluent in English) so that made it a little easier for us. I speak some Spanish. About enough to get myself in trouble.

We definitely will be going back to Spain to the north coast, a very interesting place to visit.
I think we would both like to visit Spain every year if we could. It's that great!


 

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I've been to Spain. Sergio and I took a three week trip to Spain in 1999, October.
I loved Spain although we didn't go to the part of Spain you are in.

Barcelona was like a different country from the rest of Spain. We enjoyed walking down The Rambla in the evening and stopping for a drink. Gaudi designed buildings like the Gothic-style church, the Holy Family Cathedral, and The Caves apartment building were very impressive and very imaginative. What a mind Gaudi had. We ate paella everyday and Crema Catalan for dessert. Just don't order Crema Catalan in Madrid. Some kind of historic rivalry I think.

Next we flew to Madrid. Fine art in the museums. Everybody was out on the streets walking at night. The people of Spain have a sweet tooth. The special dessert cafes were full at night and a chocolate store on every corner it seemed.

The Cathedral of Tupelo was majestic to say the least. I don't believe I've ever seen a more beautiful sight. Sergio remarked that now we know what the Spaniards did with all the gold they stole from the new world. Toledo is a walled city and so much history to take in.

We took the Bullet Train to Seville. What a wonderful way to travel. With bullfight rings and flamenco dancers, this city is what I always thought Spain was like.

We took a bus to Granada. The Alhambra is a dream. The people of Granada are the friendliest and happiest people I've ever met.

We found very friendly people everywhere we went in Spain. We enjoyed the food too. The Spanish Tortilla was so good and it not a corn tortilla at all. It's a big pancake made of potatoes and eggs. Real comfort food.

Sergio's first language is Spanish (and he is fluent in English) so that made it a little easier for us. I speak some Spanish. About enough to get myself in trouble.

We definitely will be going back to Spain to the north coast, a very interesting place to visit.
I think we would both like to visit Spain every year if we could. It's that great!




I can speak enough Spanish to get my face slapped....

 

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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 10:54 PM
I can speak enough Spanish to get my face slapped....

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I could tell some stories about what I've said to people in Spanish that wasn't exactly
what I intended.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2007 at 11:17 PM
I spent some time in Spain on a work project, Started in Cadiz then Rota for a week, then out
in the Mediterranean Sea for a few weeks then back in Mallorca in Palma. I really loved Spain.
The siesta lifestyle agreed with me. I really found Mallorca interesting with the mixture of
Greek, Spanish and Arab cultures.

A beautiful country. The people were really nice. I had a blast there.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 12:10 AM
My niece did the Spain thing for a year of college. She lovws it there.
Me, I'd like to take in the World Flamenco Festival which usually happens early in October.
Note for note, you can't beat the Spaniards on a whole for guitar playing ability.
Have a great time.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 02:27 AM
I have been to Spain many, many times ... obviously being in the UK it is a lot more accessible to me. It is my favourite European country to visit.

Ruth seems to have picked an excellent touring itinerary to follow ... certainly includes all the highlights. The only city I would add to the list is Salamanca. It is not so easy to get to as the others she mentioned unless you drive, but it is well worth a couple of days to check it out. The central square mile is all 15th / 16th Century Monastic buildings.

Viva España

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 09:45 AM
Its a real nice drive up the coast: Gilbraltar to Malaga. Great scenery. Theres a cable car - I think in Marbella - that will take you up to the top of a huge peak overlooking the whole gold coast. Horse farm at the top too, and the caballeros put on some cool shows. Enjoy your time there, and be sure the wine it up. Spain has cranked out some great varietals in the past 6 years or so....

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 11:03 AM
My sonny boy also did a 2 week tour of England, France, Moracco and Spain a few years back for some school function.
He enjoyed Spain and brought back some big ass sword that I couldn't lift single handed.
hint...don't get in a sword fight with him.

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 11:32 AM
I lived in France for five years and weekends were a great way to get out and see the country/ies, mainly Italy and Spain Get to the Bull-runs in Basque country, also visit the Escorial, the old royal palace. Also The Alhambra in Granada is a beautiful spot and where Loreena McKennitt's new DVD was recorded. Does Toledo still have a sword making industry? In Madrid, the Museo Naval is a great site.

Jon, how did your son get get the sword back to the US, via carry-on?

Jim B., you actually left the ship? Were you Shore Patrol?

Colin, ol man, can you still catch a ferry from near Gibraltar to North Africa?

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 11:42 AM
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I lived in France for five years and weekends were a great way to get out and see the country/ies, mainly Italy and Spain Get to the Bull-runs in Basque country, also visit the Escorial, the old royal palace. Also The Alhambra in Granada is a beautiful spot and where Loreena McKennitt's new DVD was recorded. Does Toledo still have a sword making industry? In Madrid, the Museo Naval is a great site.

Jon, how did your son get get the sword back to the US, via carry-on?

Jim B., you actually left the ship? Were you Shore Patrol?

Colin, ol man, can you still catch a ferry from near Gibraltar to North Africa?


Yes indeed Carlos, from the Spanish Port of Algeciras which is just South of Gibralta ... takes a couple of hours or so for the crossing but if you are staying down in that part of Spain it is well worth the day trip just to get a little taste of Morrocco.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 11:47 AM
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He was dressed like a Viking so they just let him on no problem.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 01:18 PM
Although Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations (maybe the most popular ever) in the Netherlands i've never been there. Well up until last summer. Spent 10 days
on a very touristic beach resort on a costa near Barcelona. The place itself was so-and-so but we made 3 day trips to Barcelona. Wow, wat an amazing city. Won may heart the first time i laid eyes on it. So many sites to see. Great architecture. A bit of roman, plenty of Gothic and a whole lot of Art Nouveau (called Modernista in Spain). Especially Gaudi made an impression. His buildings from approx. 100 years ago were so completely different than everything else ever build. A real genius. Also plenty of modern buildings.
A huge amount of museums and parcs. Great for shopping, tapas and dining.
Yep, loved it a lot. So much i return there on november the first for a city trip with my brother and buddies. Usually we go to Ireland. Last year for our 7th annual trip we decided on the awesome city of Krakow in Poland. This year we wanted to go to Riga in Latvia put couldn't find friendly priced plane tickets so we posponed that destination to next year. So i came up with Barcelona. Cool thing is that we don't have to get a cab or train to an airport in Belgium (Brussels) but from our own regional airport only a few miles from my house. Ryan Air tickets for only € 38,00 including tax made it an easy decision!!!
Really looking forward to return to Barcelona for our annual beer survey ( ).
I strongly recommend visiting this city in case you are ever in Spain our southern France.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 02:12 PM
Amsterdam is a hop skp and a jump away

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 03:06 PM
Fun trip, Ruth!
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The Cathedral of Tupelo was majestic to say the least. I don't believe I've ever seen a more beautiful sight. Sergio remarked that now we know what the Spaniards did with all the gold they stole from the new world. Toledo is a walled city and so much history to take in.
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So, you and Sergio hit both, didja?

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 03:28 PM
Peter I grew up, went to college and worked in Mississippi and left when I was 25 years old. But I have never been to Tupelo MS I am sorry to say. We want to drive the Natchez trace one day and make a side trip to Tupelo and also the Living Museum of Agriculture near Jackson.

The only city I would add to the list is Salamanca. It is not so easy to get to as the others she mentioned unless you drive, but it is well worth a couple of days to check it out. The central square mile is all 15th / 16th Century Monastic buildings.

Viva España


Harvey thanks for the info. I am definitely adding Salamanca to our list of places to see in Spain.


 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 03:52 PM
Thanks for all the replies...I definitely want to do a lot of traveling while I'm over here. I think I'll keep most of it within Spain, though (the only other country I really want to go to this trip is Morocco), and then (hopefully) come back to Europe in two or three years for a few months and tour other countries that I want to go to, like Italy, France, Greece, Germany, etc. A few of us took a weekend trip to Granada a few weeks ago - the Alhambra really is that amazing. We also saw the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel (where you can see the actual tombs and even coffins of Ferdinand and Isabella), and a few monasteries, etc. Another cool thing about Granada is that virtually every bar gives you a free tapa with the purchase of a drink. And the drinks are no more expensive - here in Murcia, you pay 1.50 or 2 for a beer, then another 2 or so for the tapa, and in Granada it's just 1.50-2 for the drink and the tapa is included. The downside, and the reason I'm glad I'm not studying there, is that it's a big tourist destination, so the first time we pause or mess something up in Spanish, everyone always jumps on it and asks if we speak english - they are always trying to improve their english, especially with people that speak some spanish too. Here in Murcia, though, there's hardly no tourism, and so we have to speak Spanish to do everything - I really want to return to the US as fluent as I can be.

I've been to a few of the beaches on the Mar Menor here - they weren't my favorite, since they're really touristy (for all of you people from the Carolinas, think Myrtle Beach) and developed. My favorite beach that I've been to so far was Calblanque, which reminds me a lot of a CA beach, with the mountains going right into the sea. The whole Costa Calida area is really beautiful, and hopefully I can learn more about it and see more of it here. I'm almost going crazy thinking about all the places I want to go and all the things I want to see here - Madrid, Barcelona, Toledo, Salamanca, Sevilla, Granada again, the Basgue Country, Galicia, Pamplona, Morocco, and the list keeps going and going and going.

At least we don't have any friday classes (the professors here did that on purpose because they knew that we wanted to travel and they knew that we would really learn more outside of class than we would in it), so we can take long weekends to a lot of the cities here.

Oh and bluedad I'll be sure to keep my eye out for some senoritas for you...

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 10:42 PM
Ruth, thanks for the info on Mississippi. I'm not an Elvis guy, so I'm not sure I'd ever get to Tupelo, but sometime I'm going to range around Jackson and Canton in the steps of Elmore James.



As for Spain, though, Ruth (and adWP), I really, really wish to visit the Alhambra someday. I've had spells where the tile mosaics just grabbed hold of me, and I spent hours just trying to copy the interweaving on paper. It's a trip to try to get the angles and spacing right. The design pictured above is all made with multiples of 45 degrees, but how about the one below (probably all multiples of 22.5 degrees; but how about the one linked to after this paragraph--how could anybody have come up with that)? Just keeping the interweaving "alternating" (over, under, over, under) is something fun to follow.
http://www.math.hmc.edu/~ajb/spain/postcard/p5.jpg

I realize that over the centuries, artists had developed formulas for various types of these patterns, so maybe some of the Alhambra's designs had been passed down from elsewhere, but still, it would be great to see them wherever they might be. And it seems that the Alhambra is unbelievably rich with them.

This is not to mention the Alhambra's other architectural and decorative merits and history. Must be amazing.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 11:11 PM
One of my best friends, a Jersey boy who had lived in Virgina for the past 7 or so years, moved to Madrid. He digs it while being very bemused.....it ain't Virginny and it ain't Joisey...
 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 11:27 PM
Peter, the tile mosaics in the Alhambra are unbelievable. I spent several hours staring at various ones. Inside the grounds you can rent a place to stay but I don't remember the details, just stuck in my memory. The Moors settled there and I believe that may be the source. Several centuries ago.
 
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