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Espana to Nederlands October 14, 2006

Posted by Amanda in Travel Diary.

How time flies. I can’t believe it has been so long since I wrote in this blog. It seems like yesterday.

Last week we made it Barcelona and had a couple of days of great weather and seeing all the Gaudi sites. We loved the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. On Tuesday we drove to Valencia and spent the night there and then Thursday we drove to Granada and up to the Sierra Nevada.

We stayed at the youth hostel at the Sierra Nevada and at 2500 metres, I think it is the highest we have ever been. The sunset was incredible from up there- it was also very cold. I have added pictures on Flickr but have not had time to label them all.

The hostel was like the hotel from ‘The Shining’. It was had room for 500 and there were only eight people staying there so most of the time we saw no-one. As the sun set, the whole valley and mountain was enveloped by cloud in about five minutes which added to the creepy atmosphere.

The next day we went to Granada which has to have the largest ratio of dreadlocks per head (no pun intended) of population of any city I have been to including Nimbin and Byron. There is a big student population there and that combined with the north African influence makes it one big hippy paradise. It was an interesting city and the Alhambra was very intricate.

We flew from Malaga to Belgium last Sunday and went straight to stay with Chris’ relatives in Twente. It has been great to stop for a bit and regroup. Today we went to see some castles and then were lucky enough to be at one of the locks on the canal to see some ships coming through. The lockmaster showed us everything and how she worked the gates etc. Chris was enthralled and I found it fascinating as well.

On Monday we are going back to Belgium with Chris’ uncle for four days. We are going to find the grave of Chris’ grandfather’s uncle who was killed in the first World War.

That is the general overview but I think I will expand some more in other entries.



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