Back on British soil!

Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
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Trip End Feb 16, 2009


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Friday, November 28, 2008

Hold on a second... Gibraltar is not an island?! Iīve spent my whole life thinking it was, and Iīm not the only one.  I met an English couple who always thought it was, an Irish guy who was just as shocked as me, and a Scottish girl who wouldnīt believe me when I told her.  Itīs actually a peninsula, which explains why the Spanish are so pissed off about it.  Maybe weīre told back in the UK that itīs an island so we donīt feel so back about stealing it.

Itīs very strange going to Gibraltar for the day, especially after travelling around Spain for a couple of weeks and then coming straight from Morocco.  Back to pounds and pence, British poilce uniforms, fish & chips, red telephone boxes...  but at the same time itīs very Spanish.  Everyone here speaks a weird Spanglish, and I couldn't tell if I was speaking to someone who was Spanish with excellent english, or English with a weird spanish accent.  There's a lot of history on this wee piece of land, and it reminds me alot of Northern Ireland.  The Spanish want it back, the English don't really care about it anymore, and the people that live there are proud and determined to stay British.

For such a small place, Gibraltar has alot to see.  There's the rock itself of course, with it's views and it's monkeys, but I didn't even get tp the top of it!  It was too windy and the cable-car was closed. :(  If I had known that I would've given myself enough time to walk up it, but I left it pretty late to find out.  Although Shane, the guy I met in Tangiers, told me how he walked up it and it nearly killed him.  He finally got to the top, lungs burning, legs like jelly, and when he finally sat down a monkey ran over and stole his lunch!
I visited a cemetary from the battle of Trafalgar which was pretty cool, then walked to the very end of the peninsula, stopping along the way to see a "100 ton gun" which was used to defend the strait against the Frenchies and wotnot.  At the very tip I was surprised to find a Mosque, a pretty recently build mosque, which is there for the 7% of people in Gibraltar whom are Muslim.  At the VERY tip, Europa Point, there's an old lighthouse called Trinity Lighthouse, which officially opened in 1841, but there has been somesort of lighthouse here for hundreds of years. It's the only Trinity Lighthouse thats run outside the UK.
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