Spain

Andalusian Cycling, Summer and Autumn 2015

La Carreterra de la Cabra 3

After my summer travels in Europe I had a little free time before I began the academic year and what follows is a list of some of the more enjoyable cycle rides that I found myself doing as I prepared myself for work again and some that I have managed to squeeze in on my days off since I have returned to work.


Andalusian Summer Cycling and pre-Bulgaria, Greece and onwards…


Progress in Spain

0. Cover Granada

I’ve been in Spain for the best part of two months now and my life is beginning to have some semblance of regular form. It’s an odd feeling when I consider that two months ago I was wrapping my Korean life up and now I have a job and new home in Granada, Spain.


Espana Part 4: Barcelona


Espana Part 3: Valencia


Espana Part 2: Sevilla and Granada


Espana Part 1: Madrid

Plaza Mayor

I may have mentioned you could walk to Pisa airport and this is probably the only positive thing you could say about it. I joined the ‘convenient’ Ryan Air multi-flight baggage drop and queued for an hour behind an hysterical old woman whose husband had lost her handbag only to move through to a packed-out waiting hall. I sat on the floor by a power point and charged my iPod and checked my messages. I was checking my messages to find out where to meet Elle, who would be my traveling partner in Spain, when I arrived in Madrid. Ryan Air set off on time and thankfully landed on time, to a self-boasting company fanfare.


World here we come

Red = Overland / Green = Flights

So last week Alicia and I booked our ‘Round the World’ tickets. We used Airtreks as they were the most reasonably priced.

I use the phrase ‘Round the World’ lightly, as we are in fact only going as far as Taiwan where we plan to teach English for a year.

So we start in San Diego, USA and work our way cross country, stopping at the Grand Canyon, Texas, New Orleans, Florida, D.C. and New York. Before heading to Alicia’s Beantown.


Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Now Truly Sacred

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Photos by Peter DeMarco

Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Barcelona last weekend to consecrate Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia or Temple of the Holy Family.

The basilica is slated to be completed in 2026. When finished, it will become the world’s tallest church at 170m (560ft). George Orwell once said it was one of the world’s most hideous buildings. Today most people would disagree as it is a major Spanish tourist attraction and is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For more info and some amazing video of inside the main nave, take a look at this story on the BBC.  You’ll see that Gaudi’s vision was truly divine.


Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Now Truly Sacred

Antonio Gaudi, the architect of the Sagrada Familia, was from Catalunya, Spain. ~ Photo P. DeMarco

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Photos by Peter DeMarco

Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Barcelona last weekend to consecrate Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia or Temple of the Holy Family.


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