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24 Hours in Madrid – Photo Essay

Posted by on March 18th, 2013 in Destinations, Europe, Feature, Photos, Spain | 12 comments

After my brush with death in Pamplona with the bulls (of which I still haven’t written about), I had a flight to catch from Madrid, and this time I had pre booked my ticket for the train in advance after learning from my previous mistakes. This did leave me with 24 hours* to explore Madrid, a city that I had not visited before. And one that I had made no plans what-so-ever for. I had heard people mention that it is quite a beautiful city, but I honestly had no idea. It has the grandiose palaces and cathedrals I was expecting, but it also has the small narrow streets filled with cafés that are great for sipping a beer while reading a book or just looking at people and contemplating life. This being Spain, I was of course expecting...

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5 Hard Learned Lessons about Spanish Public Transport

Posted by on August 22nd, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 12 comments

Or how my lack of forward planning to get myself to the other side of Spain landed me in a world of hurt. Alright, not actually into world of hurt, but I could’ve made things a lot easier for myself, had I thought about things a bit before, but then again it is not as if this is the first time this happened. So, I was in Torrevieja in southern Spain, and where I wanted to be in 48 hours was Pamplona, 750km up north, close to the French border. And two days before I needed to be there I realized that my current plan wasn’t actually going to work. My plan had been to get a train from Alicante to Pamplona, a simple enough plan which came crashing down when I actually tried booking the ticket 24h hours...

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Viva San Fermín! Viva Pamplona!

Posted by on July 19th, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 14 comments

[Not a valid template] I was drenched in wine, sangria, champagne and beer; I was soaked, all of us were. And the festival in Pamplona had only started an hour earlier. So what the hell is San Fermín about? Just a few hours earlier I had wandered in awe at the streets of Pamplona, looking at all the people wearing clean white clothes. Come to Pamplona during the festival and not dress in white, and you will stand out. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] So, if you come to Pamplona for the festival, just get some white clothes; mind you, I don’t recommend getting anything expensive. Or anything you’d like to wear after the festival for that matter. With the white outfit, you should wear a red sash and a red scarf, but you are not...

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Pamplona – a City Getting Ready to Party

Posted by on July 10th, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 9 comments

[Not a valid template] Pamplona, here I finally was. What had originally started as a random twitter chat with Jeannie from Nomadic Chick, had finally come to this. I was in Pamplona and the San Fermin festival was about to start in sixteen hours. [Not a valid template] But first things first; I had to find my accommodation. This was basically a flat of a friend of a friend of a friend kind of thing, as obviously staying in a hostel for the San Fermin festival would just be too easy. And by that I mean I was way too late to book anything. Forward planning again hadn’t been my strong point. My new flat was central; and as I later found out, it was actually right in the middle of the party. My flatmates were awesome; and one...

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Viva España

Posted by on July 4th, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 2 comments

[Not a valid template] Spain had made it to the Euro 2012 final and with luck I had flown to Torrevieja on Friday. And if I know one thing about Spain, it is that they love their football. So there was no way I was going to miss the spectacle on Sunday. And while my parents aren’t keen followers of football (nor am I), they do know an opportunity for a good party when they see one, so they weren’t difficult to talk into heading out for the game. So we left the house around six o’clock. We probably should’ve left a bit earlier, but I slept for two hours after the hard day at the beach. Sunbathing is damn hard work when it’s this hot! We first aimed for the beach boulevard, but quickly discovered that all tables...

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Palma Cathedral

Posted by on October 9th, 2010 in Europe, HDR, Mallorca, Photos, Spain | Comments Off on Palma Cathedral

While at Mallorca one has to drop by in Palma, well especially if you’re flying you don’t really have an option of not going to Palma. But we did do a quick day trip with a car passing thru Palma, so we of course had to drop by the the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, or Palma Cathedral as most people seem to call it. While it is very imposing from outside, it is even more so on the inside, and thankfully they are quite relax about photography inside the cathedral. You could actually set up your camera on gorillapod for those 30 second exposures. Camera placed on gorillapod on top of a cupboard. Of course the cathedral was absolutely full, so it sets some limitations on what kind of photos you can take.  If it was empty,...

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