Exploring Spain

Trip Start Oct 01, 2002
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Trip End Aug 08, 2005


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Sunday, November 17, 2002

Seville, not bad really, nice city and parks with orange trees everywhere, nice to wander round and explore, but nothing too spectacular. Camping by the airport was a bit rough, but we survived it. Before we left we phoned Paul (Africa truck guy) and found out that he has been delayed until the 17th but he now has the ferry ticket so it shouldnīt change again....to be continued ....
We got on the bus to Cordoba just as it started to chuck it down with rain, and it hasnīt stopped since. It is only 9 degrees here, I bet Aberdeen is warmer?
We stayed in the Youth Hostel for the first night in Cordoba (Sianīs first one...novelty) and it was quite nice, but the second night we spent in a really good family run hostel(Azcabar)nearby. The owner, Fernando was really friendly and helpful. Cordoba was really picturesque, a bit touristy with lots of cobbled streets and tourist shops, but the Mezquita (cathedral / mosque) was really spectacular. We got soaked and ended up wandering round in our full waterproofs which we didnīt expect to use until the rain forrests in Uganda, but it really hasnīt stopped raining, hence why weīre not camping.
We spent Kevīs birthday in Cordoba, wandering around, drinking coffee, eating cake, before going for a nice meal in a tiny Arab restaurant which we found by accident tucked up a small, dark alley.
Caught the bus to Granada on the 15th, followed the rain but managed to find a nice hostel to stay in. Wandered around and discovered an Arabic quarter (there are lots in this region due to Arab rule which lasted until 1492). There are lots of Arabic tea shops that are really atmospheric and that we have both enjoyed drinking strange teas and eating cake in. Siân has fallen in love with the clothes and local stray cats, both of which would be coming home in large quantities if we were heading back home soon.
We went to the Alhambra yesterday, timed the weather just right so it was actually sunny, but still quite cold. It was interesting and the palace was pretty impressive but not spectacular and not as good as the Mezquita in Cordoba. More stray cats threatening to find their way into our luggage...
It is Sunday today, and so everything is closed in Spain, lucky to find this internet cafe, we will have a lazy day wandering around, waiting for our lift to Africa, which canīt come soon enough.
Bye for now,
Kev and Siân.
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