Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fotomania: Espana

We are back and it is photo time!

This was the first thing we saw in the Barcelona airport:
Barca 2011 League Champions!

This was the second thing:
Casa Batllo by Gaudi

Our first night we went out for Basque-style pintxos:

So many pintxos!!!
(pronounced pint-chos, for those of you who do not speak Basque)

metro art

Our first day we walked around town:
Sagrada Familia by Gaudi
the beach

Spanish care bear

At first we were excited that this place might serve spanish burritos but then we realized they were literally referring to a little donkey...
Later on we saw old people dancing near the cathedral...

...and John chatted with some antique sellers.

 Barcelona has nice drinking fountains...

...and it also has magical fountains...
...the crowd awaits...

(and reminiscent of jello salad)

As it turned out there was a free night at the museums happening:
All museums open until 1am!

There was also free music at various venues...
 ...including a castle!!
Party at the castle

Next day I needed to do some 'research'
for the travel fellowship I received:
We visited Gaudi's Parc Guell

We also rode a funicular to investigate the accessibility of large open spaces at the edge of the city:

Catalan is a crazy language

 Our open space investigations continue with some urban hiking:
Follow the trail blazes.

The view of Sitges from Parc Natural Garraf

Back in Barcelona:

These doors are neighbors.

Barca-flavored gelato!
(Special note to Thadd: This is why you have to go to Spain, in order to eat Barca-flavored gelato.)

We spotted this Obama pub on the Fourth of July.
How auspicious!

We also spotted the most civil game of tug-o-war ever.

The two dogs were both standing there sharing this stick:
Left dog: I think I might take it first, if you don't mind.
Right dog: Well, I was thinking about chewing on it for a minute, as long as that's okay with you.
Left dog: Well, I won't use it for very long. I will give it back to you right away.
Right dog: Yea sure I'm fine either way.
Left dog takes the stick.

Eventually we flew to Seville where it was 40deg C
(i.e. cook-you-in-an-oven-alive hot)
A big old cathedral

Boquerones fritos (fried anchovies) and mojitos

Don't hate - they are delicious.

John gesturing wildly about the arabic tiles

Plaza Espana

 Giant shade structures made life better

Cerveceria 100 Montaditos also made life better
1 euro jugs of beer everyday!!!

Happy customer

In Seville we shared a dorm room with a Canadian who had the same Nikon as me, which meant that I was able to charge that camera, which contains pictures from this moment forward... so now I just need to wait for a new cord to come in mail because Nikon's USB cords are 'proprietary' and can only be purchased from Nikon... :(

For now you can see the rest of the photos at:

1 comment:

  1. WOW! Amazing photos, Shannon! Great stuff!
    So I don't think I would have made it out of the
    airport without a bunch of Barca stuff. And I wish
    I could try the gelato and those anchovies. YUM!