June 14th, 2011
My boss already had planned a little trip to Spain the last year, for doing a little web project as a workshop, since we wouldn’t be paid. The main purpose was supposed to try out some other¬†technologies¬†that we weren’t familiar with but everyone else is talking about. So far we are mainly involved in one project that goes on for several years already. Java and Dojo were the main characters during that time. Now we wanted to get to know to Grails a bit more.
May 26th, 2010
At 10:30am I punctually left Alicante by bus to arrive 2.5h later in Valencia, my last place before I would return to Germany a few days later. Valencia is so much bigger than the other two cities I just visited. From the bus station I took a nearby metro to go to my host Conny. She actually is German which wouldn’t help me much to improve my Spanish but on the other hand I didn’t mind at all to talk in my mother tongue
May 24th, 2010
I chose the train instead of the bus to go from Murcia to Alicante, which was more or less the same price (5 euros). The route wasn’t as scenic as I hoped and only the last minutes we rode right next to the sea. The city which is also called Alacant (in Valencian) surprised me by its many tourists. When I found my way to the beach and the many restaurants along the Emplanada, I was surrounded by mainly English speaking people. The first contact I had when I was going to a bathroom of a restaurant, where a few tourist look alike waited in a line, confused looking at a sign. One of them looked at me hoping I could decipher it. I could! The sign said that the keys for the bathroom can be received at the bar. But I had more information to share with these guys. A guy from the bar already told me to use the women’s bathroom why-ever, which we all did in the end.
May 14th, 2010
It was past noon when I opened my eyes and I felt quite good. Ana was still asleep and I started to make some breakfast. A little bit later she joined me and we talked for a few hours until it was time for me to see more from the city. So I started walking towards the city center. The streets were very empty, wondering where everyone was. Later I recognized that it was May 1st and people would go to the beach (so I was told here). The sky suddenly got darker and it finally began to rain. Thanks to gardeners lots of trees kept me dry on my way. But it was so quiet. Only the rain hitting onto the hot concrete to reveal the so familiar stench, not knowing if to like or hate it.
May 13th, 2010
It was time to travel again, to see more places and some (old) friends as hopefully to make some new ones. My nine-day-trip will be defined by visiting Murcia, Alicante and Valencia.
Barbara, who I visited last year in Slovenia, moved recently to Alicante, which actually was my main intention t
o go to Spain again, since I haven’t got to know the south-east of Spain yet. Instead of being all the time around her, so that she could get sick of me, I decided to see some other close by cities, that I heard of.
September 18th, 2007
Salamanca was the last station of my trip and the very last days of my holidays came closer. On the one hand I could go on for a while travelling to other places, but on the other hand I also saw good things in returning home.
Before I made the decision to come to Salamanca, some people told me that this city is one of their favourite cities and I was curious why. Because of that and because it was almost on my way to Madrid, where my plane would depart soon, convinced me to choose this place.
September 15th, 2007
When we arrived in Oviedo by bus it had been in the early afternoon and our first task was to find an accomodation … again … and make plans what to do and where to go. There were some options but we had to decide quick. One option was to immediately leave this city and go by bus to a village which is in a beautiful area of high mountains and woods. But there were just two buses going every day and just one back. So we would had to find an accomodation there but other things were more convincing to stay at least one night in Oviedo. Naama had to do several things, like washing clothes and sending a packet with things she didn’t want to carry on the Camino. Oviedo seems to be a popular center on the way to Santiago de Compostela and Naama wanted to start from here or a closeby place. And so we checked for an accomodation in Oviedo.
September 14th, 2007
The next night we wanted to spend in a Refugio (a hut in the mountains) to experience more from the Picos and do longer walks. We checked out of our pension but left some luggage we wouldn’t need behind. Every gram is important if you are hiking (at least I was told by Naama )! Then we left for the Lagos de Cuadonga, which is famous for its beautiful two lakes and which is another starting point for popular hikings in the Picos. For the bus it took a while to reach this place, although it’s just a few kilometers away, because it was partly going up the mountains. But we had an impressive view during that ride.
September 12th, 2007
After a long day we arrived finally in the city that should be our starting point for some hiking tours … in Cangas de Onis. We found a pension via the tourist information and reserved a room for us. We weren’t sure how difficult it would be to find an accomodation in that touristic area. Many people come here to start some hiking tours and that we realized upon all those tourist shops and restaurants just for one purpose … to feed the tourists.
September 10th, 2007
The next short stop should be Bilbao, which is famous for the Guggenheim museum. The stop was really short … 3 hours that was just enough to see the museum.
So after buying the tickets to Santander we went to the museum and our first thought was, that it seemed to be smaller than we thought. But after walking around that building the real size had been revealed. It’s worth to see it from all sides, to see the shape that reminds on “the anatomy of a fish and the hull of a boat” (according to the lonely planet). The museum is really extraordinary and an eyecatcher.