Posts Tagged ‘spain’

Day trip to Gibraltar from Spain

Sunday, June 14th, 2009
View of Rock of Gibraltar from Spain

View of Rock of Gibraltar from Spain

After a relaxing two days in Tarifa, (well mostly relaxing, with the exception of my day trip to Tangier), I had one last day and night before an early morning flight out of Málaga. All along I had really been hoping to make it to Gibraltar, but I wasn’t sure how it would work out. But of course as so often happens in travel, everything fell into place perfectly for me to make the run over into Gibraltar on my way out.

I woke up early and caught one of the first buses out of Tarifa. I am writing this a while after the trip, if I recall I think I took the wrong bus. The idea was to catch a bus going direct to La Linea de la Concepcion, but I’m [...]

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Two days in Tarifa, Spain

Friday, May 8th, 2009
View from top of hotel, looking across Strait of Gibraltar towards Morocco, Africa and Atlas Mountains

View from top of hotel, looking acrossStrait of Gibraltar towards Morocco, Africaand Atlas Mountains

I woke up early after a couple of days in Granada, hopped the bus to the bus station for one Euro, where I then bought a ticket to Algeciras. This is where I thought my trip would get confusing, but it turns out it went quite smoothly. I think it was about 2 hours to Algeciras, and I was a bit nervous since I’d heard that city is nothing but a port city, with a fair amount of shady characters hanging around. But as it turns out it was ok, and I was able to then get an ongoing to to Tarifa — only a short 30 minute bus ride away. Somehow [...]

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Some vacation memories before my next one

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I have been pretty slow in posting the photos and write ups from my vacation last fall, and since it won’t happen this weekend since I’ll be in Colorado, I’ll leave you with a couple photos. See Cordoba, Spain and Tangier, Morocco below!

Inside the Mezquita – Cordoba, Spain
Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba, Spain

Near Petit Socco in Medina – Tangier, Morocco
Near Petit Socco in Medina, Tangier, Morocco

Tangier, Morocco

Graffiti with Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco in the distance

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I have recently posted some photos (here, here, and here) I took of graffiti while in Spain (which seem to be very popular according to Google Images), so here is yet another. This one was taken in Tarifa, Spain, which is at the southern tip of the country. From the location where this photo was taken, you can see Morocco and Africa in the distance across the Strait of Gibraltar, and to the west is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the east is Mediterranean. The graffiti isn’t what makes this picture for me, it is really the location that makes this one special. Both of these photos were taken around the same time, but with different camera settings.

See more photos of Tarifa here

Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – looking towards Morocco
Graffiti Tarifa Spain
Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – looking towards Morocco

 

Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – taken in sunset mode
Graffiti Tarifa Spain Sunset
Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – taken in sunset mode

See more photos of Tarifa here

Two days in Granada, Spain

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
View from hotel looking up to la Alhambra

View from hotel looking up to la Alhambra

Granada is a beautiful city, and there is plenty to see and do there. Of course visiting la Alhambra is necessary, but there is quite a bit of other sightseeing to do as well. I was able to see pretty much la Alhambra in its entirety in one day, but it involved a lot of walking. If you are willing to walk it is even accessible by foot from the city. From the main plaza in town you can just walk up the hill for probably 20 minutes or so and you are there. I did learn that it is easiest to buy tickets for entry online, otherwise you have to wait in line and you risk the possibility of not even getting in, since they limit the [...]

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“Que Calor?” Graffiti, Córdoba, Spain

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Here is yet another installment to my album of graffiti photos. This one was taken in Córdoba, Spain during my trip in October 2008. I found this on either Calle San Fernando or Calle San Feria, I’m not sure which, as I was walking from my room at the nearby Hostal Maestre. I’m not sure if the art is referring to global warming or what, but regardless, I thought it was interesting and the fact that it made me think was nice too.

Córdoba was a lovely city, and I would highly recommend a visit there. The Hostal Maestre is also recommended, it’s a little further from the city center, but that gives ample opportunity to get lost in the maze of streets. It’s also right around the corner from a proper hostel which has cheap internet access. Enjoy!

“Que Calor?” – Graffiti, Córdoba, Spain
Que Calor, Graffiti, Cordoba, Spain

“Que Calor?” – Graffiti, Córdoba, Spain

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Budget and packing for 10 days in Spain

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
What I packed for 10 days in Spain

To the right is a picture of what I packed for 10 days in Spain, and actually there are quite a few things there that I didn’t end up using. Some I would bring again since they were precautionary, but others I would scrap.

In case you can’t see the picture, here is my packing list and what I brought for my trip to Spain:

Clothes – 2 pairs shoes (sneakers and “nicer” sketchers), 3 t-shirts, 1 pair jeans, 2 pairs shorts, 1 button up short sleeve shir, 1 plain heavy-ish long sleeve shirt, 1 zip up sweatshirt, 5 pair underwear, 5 socks, windbreaker, swimming trunks
Toiletries – razor, contacts, toothbrush, etc, Dr Bronners soap (for bathing, washing clothes, shampooing), emergency toilet paper roll
Books – Spanish/Morocco guides, Spanish, Arabic phrase books, 2 reading books
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Barcelona to Cordoba by Train – Spain Travel

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Plaza - Cordoba, Spain

Plaza – Cordoba, Spain

My next stop after Barcelona was Cordoba. I knew that there were a few different trains that ran between the cities, one being the faster and more expensive AVE. I decided to take the longer, cheaper, overnight train. To book my ticket, I just went to the station one day early to make my reservation. I would recommend doing that rather than trying to figure out the online system. There was a train that left at night and was supposed to arrive the next morning at 7AM. It actually ended up arriving four hours late due to major rain, but it worked out just fine as it put my in Cordoba at a perfect time to look for my next hotel. The AVE takes 5 hours, but I figured it [...]

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