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A Fortunate Meeting

After moving my luggage to yet another room this morning, I took off into the city to see the Temple Debod.  It's an ancient Egyptian temple that the government of Egypt gifted to Spain in recognition of her help restoring some temples in Egypt.  It's not much to look at, especially since I've been to ...

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The Flamenco Performance

This morning I had to shift to another room yet again.  I've been trying to extend my reservation for more than one night, but the desk attendants aren't very helpful.  They insist that I have to book online if I want more than one night at a time.  So I continue to move from room ...

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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 ...

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Escape from Marseille

Today is my last day in Marseille.  I can't say I will miss it.  I'm taking the overnight train tonight, which departs at 12:30am.  I should arrive in Barcelona early morning tomorrow. I had an extremely expensive breakfast this morning.  Not knowing the language really is a problem.  I ended up getting a fancy salad ...