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permalink written by  vassileios_gr on August 5, 2007 from Barcelona, Spain
from the travel blog: Espana 2007
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Those last days...

Barcelona, Spain


Hey folks...So my time here in Barcelona in starting to wind down. I just realized that I just payed for internet once again...I was try to avoid doing before I had to leave to begin the world adventures with my parents. I am actually excited because I have seen them in about five months! They are coming to Madrid on December 3, 2007. It should be awesome. AWESOME. We are going to be doing the world-wind tour of Europe and everyhting.

The rought plan is

Madrid then off to Sevilla and then Cordoba, Grenada, and some other place. Then back to Madrid then Barcelona then Paris for xmas!!! YEAH BABY! Then London! WOOT.

I am super excited. I am in process of trying to put of the pictures for like the last five months of my life. Be awhere that I have gotten behind. So, it will take me awhile. I hope that I will have it all done soon. SOON I say...

Till Later,

Patrick L. Cavins



permalink written by  Patrick on November 21, 2007 from Barcelona, Spain
from the travel blog: The weekend adventures of the kids at Piedmont High
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All about our trip around Asia

Barcelona, Spain


Sorry about Dear friends,
I have forgotten to write something in english.
Basically we have done this blog because Carlos and I have decided to do a trip around Asia for 4 months.
So, next sunday 18th of may we are leaving Barcelona will go to London and after that we will try to reach Japan.
From Tokyo we will use the faster train in order to visit some cities like: Hiroshima, Fuji, Kioto and finally Tokyo.
After that we will going to Seoul,Corea.

I will writing somenthing in english the most important things just to make sure, you my friends who do not know spanish can follow us.
I really apreciated your follow.

Keep in touch.

Inge, I really look forward to seeing you soon in Jakarta, after hardly 8 years. It was a really nice to meet you, London was great on that time, and you was there. Thank you!

See you soon!

permalink written by  Noemi y Carlos on May 16, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
from the travel blog: NUESTRO VIAJE POR ASIA Y ALGO MAS...
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First Few days in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain


Here's an update on my trip from day one:
The flight over here was great. Houston to London was long, and when I found my seat on the plane I was seated next to some old nagging German women. Apparently their chairs weren't comfortable enough so the demanded better seats. This was great for me because I now had a whole row of seats to myself. And to top it off I was a preselected seat to take a survey of British Airways. Along with the survey I received complimentary wines of my choice. I managed to fall asleep for part of the flight, however when I woke up finally there was a creepy Filipino man in the chair next to mine. The layover in London was gruesome and painstakingly long. I I made several friends on the flight to Barcelona though. This couple from Florida and these two girls from College Station. When I landed I took the first train to Montmelo.

So far everything in Barcelona is great. I'm staying in this mansion run by four friends. Pablo who is from Spain, Thijs and Paul who are from Holland and Greg who is from Manchester. The place is really cool. It is sort of like a hostel and mainly fellow couchsurfers are staying here at the moment. Some of the guests and I went to la playa naturalista. It's pretty much the nude beach of Barcelona where all of the tourist that spill off of the cruise lines avoid or don't know about. La playa is really a huge beach party. After that we wandered around Las Ramblas which is the main street here in Barcelona. We missed the train that night because the last train runs at 12a and the first train doesn't start until 5a. It was a long night so I stayed on the beach with my friends Niels and Tina who were catching their bus back home in Denmark at 3. They were really nice and they said I can stay with them if I go to Denmark, so I think I'll take them up on that offer.

Yesterday I walked around Las Ramblas and found some cool little alleyways to explore. I found a small tapas restaurant that is kind of off the beaten path and had a good Catalan meal and read my book. About 2 hours later I was standing near the Christopher Columbus statue and someone bumped into me. My first reaction was to check my pockets and sure enough € 20 was missing from pocket. I sprinted after him and he grabbed another man's bag on the way. I chased him down through the metro and hopped the gates after him. He dropped the man's bag on the platform and then jumped across the tracks right before the train came and he got away. I returned the man's bag to him and as it turns out he is a wealthy architect and resort owner in Mexico. He owns a 5 star hotel in Nueva Vallarta and after posing in some pictures for him he handed me a business card and said I am welcome to stay in his hotel anytime I am in Mexico. That night the neighbors invited us over for a dinner party and paella.

Today François and I explored the west side of Barcelona on foot and walked around the gardens on the outskirts on the residential areas. We saw the olympic statdium and a really cool Greek theater. After a meal at a tapas we took the metro to see Camp Nou. Camp Nou is the massive soccer stadium that is home to the pretigous FC Barcelona.

In the next couple days I am going to try and catch a train to Portugal or the south of France. Depending on which is cheaper. I apologize for updating everyone as often as I should. I will try to update more frequently in the future. I would upload some pictures for you but it's currently 2:30a and I don't feel like doing it. No worries though, I promise to show you some pictures soon.

chao


permalink written by  pathaley on June 24, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
from the travel blog: Eurotrip
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Update: Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain


I absolutely love this city and would love to live here one day. One of my favorite parts about Barcelona is it's artistic graffiti scene. I came across this wall a few days ago with François.

I was going through my camera today and came across my mate Pete. He was a cool guy and we parted ways several days ago. Hopefully we should be in Amsterdam the same week though.


I've also been getting quite a few questions and emails about the mansion I'm living in. It's a huge villa located a short train ride from the city center in a suburb of Barcelona called Montmeló.

Here's the back yard of the place. The hairy Englishman you see in the picture is my mate, Greg. He is one of the owners of the house and is a cool guy. He's one of those people who has a thousand stories to share.
  • *edit: I have a feeling that Greg and I are going to be friends for years to come. I know we'll be parting soon, but I'll come across him again one day.**


  • Today has been a lot of fun. I met these two Canadian girls a couple days ago and we've been hanging out all day. We went for a swim in the pool and then took a walk around Park Güell.

    It's a famous park in Spain, but I don't want to bore you so I'll spare the details. We took the metro to the beach and chilled there and just watched people for a couple hours. We came home around 8:30p because all of Paul's and Thijs's old school mates came to visit for a few nights and Greg, the house chef, cooked us a paella feast to celebrate. This weekend will be an interesting one. Not only are there a bunch of crazy dutch guys running around, but Greg's mates from Manchester will be arriving soon too. And to top it all off, Sunday is the final match of the UEFA Euro; Spain vs. Germany. Luckily both England and Holland have already been eliminated or it would be a blood bath in the house. The last few games when Spain progressed through the quarter and semi finals Barcelona has turned completely chaotic. Whenever a goal is scored the entire city erupts with fireworks and cheers of joy. I'm looking forward to seeing the game from the city center.

    Here are my Canadian friends. Melissa (left) and Tammy (right). When we got back from the beach all of the Dutch guys were passed out all over the house so they decided to stir one of them from his slumber. He was very surprised to say the least.

    -Patrick



    permalink written by  pathaley on June 27, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
    from the travel blog: Eurotrip
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    Last Days in Barcelona & First Days in Queidersbach

    Barcelona, Spain


    My last few days in Barcelona were great. I was really sad to leave. I spent the last day by myself long boarding around the city. I decided to take this picture too.

    Also I put a couple videos I filmed on YouTube. You can see them both by visiting the following links.
    Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEk4I7q6seg
    Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkqHi0f6k8w

    By the way, I love this picture. The yellow stuff on the ground are flower petals that fell from the trees. The trees were in full bloom and the entire city was covered in these yellow flower petals.

    When I got back that night we had a video in honor of me. It was fun and here are a couple memorable photos. On the left you'll see an egg dripping from my face, it's pretty self explanatory. Then on the right you see Paul, myself, Carly, and Paulina.

    Also I took a couple videos of Las Ramblas literally about five minutes after Spain beat Germany.
    Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx-rk1EwffM
    Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f5MsmTU4pk&NR=1

    Unfortunately my time in this city has come to an end. I woke up early Tuesday morning and caught the train to Barcelona Sants to catch the bus to the city of Reus, where my flight was. At the bus terminal a goofy short man started speaking to me in Spanish.

    Now this was a challenge because I speak a very broken Spanish. Meaning I can somewhat understand and somewhat communicate with him. I usually just pick out key nouns and verbs and piece them together into one sentence and hope for the best. And to speak the language is another thing. For example when you go to a restaurant you say, "I would like a water and the paella." When I speak it though it sounds like this, "I want water and paella." But I always seem to be excited when speaking Spanish so it comes out as, "I WANT WATER AND PAELLA!........please." All in Spanish of course.

    Anyways the man told me that I had missed the bus to Reus. I was freaking out because the next bus wasn't until 4:00p, several hours after my flight. Then he offered to take me in his taxi to Reus... By then I knew something was up so I told him to go away. He was trying to trick me into a nice €70 ride. Well low and behold when the bus finally showed up I was able to relax and all the anxiety of travel disappeared.
    I awoke to the sudden stopping of the bus and I was in hell... The Reus airport. It was very small and seemed nice. When I stepped through the front door I was greeted by a frenzy of Scottish, Irish, and German tourists. It was sooo incredibly loud and there were too many accents for one room. I stood in a long line to check my bags. Well as it turns out my bag was 2 kgs over the limit so I crammed some stuff into my carry on and then had to file back into the end of the line and made my way back to the front. I guess I didn't realize how much a kilo was because I was still over by one when they weighed my bag again. I tried to take some more stuff but they said I had to pay for it because they didn't have enough time... It was already 12:15 by this point and my flight departed at 12:30. So I had to go to another desk and pay €15 and then file back into line again. Well I made it to the terminal and the plane hadn't even arrived yet. I noticed the sign on the wall for Ryanair. The banner read Ryanair: The on time airline. It was 12:20 ten minutes until departure when the plane arrived. I thought the banner was ironic but somehow we were in the air at 12:31. And not only were we on time, but I think they made everyone with small children and babies sit in the back of the plane! That was the best part about it. However it was like all the crying children were eerily in sync with one another.

    Well when I landed my cousin Lara picked me up at the airport and now I'm sitting on her couch writing this blog. Lara and Kevin have a cool little apartment in Queidersbach, Germany. Let me tell you, this is wine country. The hour long ride from the airport was very scenic and had rolling hills as far as the eye can see that were covered with vineyards. I'm really looking forward to my time here. Sometime soon is Chicken Fest. I can't remember the German name for the festival but you basically walk around, drink beer, and eat fried chicken. That's all I have for now from Germany.

    Adé,
    Patrick



    permalink written by  pathaley on July 2, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
    from the travel blog: Eurotrip
    tagged Spain, Travel, Germany, Flowers, Europe, Barcelona, LongBoarding and Euro

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    And Spain...

    Barcelona, Spain


    James = Meh what a day yesterday was. It has been the most trying day so far. Things did not go very well at all. It was pretty much issue after issue and each time you make a mistake it costs you. And was it expensive... Essentially getting confused with the transportation system from the hotel to the bus terminal cost us 2 tickets since we went out an exit trying to get to our next train. So had to buy tickets again for the 2nd part of the journey. The people working there did not really want to help us since we didn´t speak spanish. No problem, new tickets and on the right train. Get to the bus station and buy our tickets there... a little more expensive than I thought they should be but no matter. $115 euro and we have 7 hours to kill. So we went off to the beach. yup got to hang out on the wonderful exoctic beaches of Barcelona and dip into the water a bit. Was awesome. A much needed reprive from the previous stressful events. We found a nice cafe on the way back to the station and had the best Lime Sherbet gelato ever! So reading our bus ticket it says bus 21 and so we grab our gear and go sit at #21 with an hour to spare... hmm 30 minutes til the bus is supposed to leave an no bus. No biggie I had read it have previous stops til it gets to us. Ok it was suppose to be leaving at 9 PM and it´s now 9:05 and no bus. 9:15.... Ok time to find out WTF. So after a bit of time I receive an upset Amanda telling me we have missed our bus and we will not get a refund and there´s no bus until tomorrow evening. :| ummm wtf so now I go in and with the help of a nice translater standing by we find out that it was bus 21 not platform 21, we weere supposed to come inside and find out what terminal bus 21 was going to be at... Silly us. So now I get to buy bus tickets again, no refund on the other, no discount at all. Full price again and we have to wait 22 hours. Angry James... So the hostels are all full we´re tired, stressed and a bit angry... more at myself than anything. In short finally break down and decide we´ll just get a hotel... So we hike to near the closest one my GPS shows and it has a room... at $115 euro. I am disliking the number $115 right now. That´s 3 times today I spent $115. So we get on this little freaking elevator and go up to our room and we´re greated with a nice wooden door.then we enter and there´s 4 doors to choose from:SOooooo we choose door number 2 and upon opening it there´s a small room with a single bed. WTF how are we supposed to fit on that comfortably.... le sigh....But wait. I open door number 3 and we have a queen bed and man is it sweet. oooooh la la.. then we move to door number 4 and get a treat:not Amanda... yes she´s a treat but she wasn´t behind the door... and a foot washer!!! woohooo what a strange thing to have in the bathroom, but it was sure nice washing in it... JK. well things are nice now, we´re happy. But on yeah door number 1. what could possibly be in there?
    ray of light from above. holy moly!!! there´s more. and another door beyond that A kitchen woohoo! And there´s a porch Man we were smiling like a pair of fools who found ZEN Heh it was spendy but it was great. Had amazing AC and I slept like a rock. We´ll add more later, just had to explain why I was so pissed on Myspace... Ta ta


    permalink written by  Slade's Elucidation on July 10, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
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    VAMOS A DESAYUNAR BIEN HOY!

    Barcelona, Spain


    Vamos a desayunar un cafe de verdad hoy! con un cruasan super rico!!
    Un besito desde la preciosa Barcelona!


    permalink written by  Noemi y Carlos on August 19, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
    from the travel blog: NUESTRO VIAJE POR ASIA Y ALGO MAS...
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    NOSOTROS SEGUIMOS VIVIENDO LA VIDA

    Barcelona, Spain


    Pues nosotros seguimos disfrutando de unas merecidas vacaciones (bueno, tampoco es que hayamos trabajado mucho durante el año, eh?), pero eso no nos impide disfrutar de una buena vida, que no siempre se traduce en dinero, un coche grande o una mansion; simplemente al Carlitos y a mi nos gusta vivir tope.

    Esta es mi hermana y Adriana, una de mis mejores amigas en Mexico, muy viajera, por cierto Adrianita, no se te olvide enviarme una postal de Rusia y cuidate mucho que los rusos ya sabes como son

    y Tania, muchas Gracias por la postal de Puebla, hoy la he recibido.

    Esta soy yo el año pasado, en la Isla de Pascua, como siempre, tengo una cara de muuuuy pocos amigos, mejor que nadie se me acerque.
    En fin, seguire compartiendo con ustedes algunas de mis fotos favoritas a lo Largo de esta semana.Aunque faltan las fotos de India, a ver si el Carlos ya se anima a subirlas esta semana antes de irnos a SudAmerica.

    Un beso a todos

    Noemi



    permalink written by  Noemi y Carlos on August 19, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
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    NOS VAMOS!!

    Barcelona, Spain


    Hey! Hola a todos!
    Pues esto es un "debut y despedida", hicimos como hace ya unos "añitos" los del Imperio Español en el Nuevo Mundo: Venimos, tocamos la puerta, nos llevamos provisiones y nos volvemos a la aventura; a ver qué encontramos por otros lares. jejeje

    Lo siento por los que siguen trabajando (bueno, después lo sentiré por mí, cuando tenga que volver al trabajo)

    Esta noche marchamos a Argentina, concretamente pisaremos Buenos Aires; ya os iremos contando qué tal nos va la vida por esos lares. Seguro que bien. Todo lo que no sea trabajar siempre va bien jajajjaja.....

    A Barcelona la hemos encontrado exactamente igual este verano, sinceramente, no creo que mejore nada; al contrario, creo que cada vez va a peor. Así que, habrá que plantearse las cosas. No quiero enfadarme más de lo que siempre me enfado (yo de por sí nací enfadada con todo, no tengo remedio), pero al menos, que sea menos, no?

    Adrianita Nadurille: A ver si me escribes, que con el dichoso facebook no me entero de nada.

    Jaume (del tren de Delhi): El Carles ha vist el teu missatge, segú que ens trobarem un altre vegada per parlar molt més de India y estem d`accord: anem a menjar tots junts. Un petonet per tu i la Bertha.

    Tania: Tú tranquila, nos veremos pronto en México (Tengo unas ganas de unos taquitos al pastorrrrr!!! mmmmm!!!!) y un pozolito, tamales...y también claro, de respirar smog en la Ciudad, lo que pasa es que creo que Delhi le ha ganado a D.F. en esto último jejeje...

    Chuspy: A ver si nos vienes a visitar un día de estos no?

    Vivi and Dave: Thanks so much to keep in tounch! We hope one day you can come to Barcelona and visit us! Carlos and I will be so happy to take you our favorite restaurants in Barcelona! and show you more than that even! Have a nice trip in Thailand and let me konw if you need any help in any case. Big kiss for you two.

    Nerea & Txori: Quedan pendientes esos pinchos con un delicioso txacolí en San Sebastián. Nos vemos más pronto de lo que pensáis!

    A toda la gente del Duquesa de Cardona: Ya no trabajéis tanto! os vais a cansar! jajajjajaja

    Esta soy yo, haciendome una "limpia" en Ciudad de México, mis raíces indígenas no me las puedo quitar de encima ni que me muera en estos lares occidentales

    Seguimos en contacto gente!

    un beso enorme

    Noemi

    permalink written by  Noemi y Carlos on August 22, 2008 from Barcelona, Spain
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