Category: Europe

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Iberian Ham

Spaniards, I've noticed, love ham.  You can see maroon-colored, smoked legs hanging almost everywhere, from restaurants and street carts to boutique stores at airports and train stations.  As someone who doesn't eat pork, I cannot share the Spaniards' passion for the meat.  Even still, I couldn't bring myself to eat meat that's been hanging out ...

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A Day in Toledo

Steph, Kathryn, and I ended up in the same room at Mad Hostel in Madrid.  There was another girl named Mary in our room.  The four of us decided to take a day trip to Toledo, and we booked an early afternoon train to the old town. We had to wait about an hour, so ...

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Off to Madrid

I awoke early this morning to head to Madrid with Steph and Kathryn.  It was a painful awakening since I had only gone to bed two hours earlier.  As I was putting on my shoes in the dark, the door swung open and Kathryn barged in.  I had asked the girls to wake me up if ...

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The Beach

After lunch at the Chinese buffet today, I headed to the Barcelona beach with two guys also staying at Hello BCN.  Jael is a Haitian Quebecer and Daki is an Irishman.  Neither Jael or I can understand Daki most of the time due to his heavy Irish accent coupled with his usually intoxicated state.  Jael ...

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Gaudi Day

Today, I decided, would be my "Gaudi Day."  As in, I would check out all of the artist's sites I could in one day.  I managed to visit Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, and Park Guell before I grew tired.  I had seen La Sagrada Familia from the outside on the bike tour, and I decided ...

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Unrequited Love

This morning I took the bike tour with Steph and Kathryn.  It was fun riding around the city, and I enjoyed hanging out with the girls.  The tour was informative to some extent as well.  However, I didn't think it was worth the €22. Afterwards, Steph, Kathryn, and I walked back to the hostel. On the ...

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Live from Barcelona!

My first impression of Barcelona was fantastic.  After the dead city of Marseille, Barcelona's hustle and bustle is most welcome.  I first arrived at the Mambo Tango youth hostel.  A girl I met in Marseille recommended it, and since I didn't have a reservation anywhere in Barcelona, I figured I would start there.  When I ...