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Spain : Barcelona day 2

Tuesday, 8th April 2008

We started the day with a stroll up the La Rambla and on towards some of Gaudi´s well known buildings after which we moved on the Sagrada Famillia and had a quick picnic lunch.

By then we were absolutely bushed and had to take the Metro to Park Guell (with more of Gaudi´s creations). Little did we know we still had to climb a small mountain to get there! We didn´t realise the hangover from 2 days worth of travelling would still be with us.

We came back to the hostel for a quick break before making another trip to the Waterfront and the Parc de la Cuitadella. At that stage we were starving again and treated ourselves to a pre-birthday dinner at a very nice little Spanish Tapas Restaurant on the main street.

We are off to Rome tomorrow, leaving Barcelona at 08:25 for another 25 hour trip.

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Spain : Barcelona day 1

Monday, 7th April 2008

We finally arrived in Barcelona at 9am this morning after catching 1 ferry, 2 busses and 3 trains (a total of 34 hrs!!). It wasn’t actually all that bad as we kept ourselves busy with bits of admin and plenty of entertainment from our media player. Brett and Neil, thanks again for all the movies and series!

We checked into a nice enough hostel in the centre of town for 2 nights, Youth Hostel Center Ramblas, and are staying in a dorm room sharing with a Finnish couple. It is clean and we get free breakfast, but unfortunately a very loud group of Dutch teenagers checked in after us. We’ll see how things work out tonight..

We spent a long time washing the last 2 days worth of travel “aura” off before we felt normal again (we are seriously considering throwing away our last pairs of socks!). We stopped at a hardware store to buy an Allen Key and Jan serviced our backpacks’ wheels to get rid of all the Moroccon dirt.

The weather in Barcelona is not too great at the moment, but we are about to start exploring parts of the old town, a bit of Gaudi’s work and perhaps the Waterfront. We still have the whole of tomorrow to see the rest.

Our photo uploading session got cut short in Fez because the internet cafe closed early, but we’ve kicked off the upload again and will let you know once it is done.

Spain : 1 Night in Seville

Sunday, 30th March 2008

After another overnight train from Lisbon (seater class) we arrived in Madrid at 9am. We then boarded a fast train (3 hrs) to Seville.

Seville is a lovely town and we wish we could spend more time here. The weather is still awesome (28 degrees)! We found a very nice hostel, Pension Macarena, that is newly refurbished and very cheap with an internet cafe right next door.

Tomorrow morning we are leaving on a 9:30am train to Algericas where we will catch the ferry across to Morocco. We can´t wait!

Sofar we have been very happy with the train service – they all leave on the dot and we´ve had no problems yet. We are still on schedule and we are hoping to keep to it as long as possible.

Thanks again for all your messages, we are loving it!

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