Spain

10 Nights In España

 

After a week in Portugal we hopped a 5 hour bus to Spain.  We were eager to see what this new country with a vibrant culture had in store for us.  We would spend the next 10 days traveling throughout Spain with stops in Sevilla, Barcelona, and San Sebastian.

 

Our first stop was the 2,200 year old Sevilla, the 4th largest city in Spain, where we ate tons of tapas, spontaneously bought tickets to a bull fight (Laura was completely shocked to learn they actually kill the bull), and attended the Feria de Abril, a local festival dating back to 1847 where the men dress in "traje corto" (short jacket, tight trousers and boots) the women in "trajes de flamenca" (flamenco-style dresses)...

Laura still asleep at 5am for our 5 hour train
Laura still asleep at 5am for our 5 hour train
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a last minute score, two bull fighting tickets!
a last minute score, two bull fighting tickets!
beautiful bull fighting stadium
beautiful bull fighting stadium
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the fight
the fight
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just hangin with the bull fighting Godfather!
just hangin with the bull fighting Godfather!
Feria de Abril
Feria de Abril
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Bull fighting, tapas, and flamenco… loved our time in Sevilla!  We looked forward to what our next destination had in store for us… and after an 11 hour train (yes, 11 hours ugh!) we arrived in Barcelona. Upon arrival we explored Gaudi artwork, checked out the local beach, and spent days exploring the many barrios (neighborhoods) with our very cool Airbnb hosts (thanks again Pierre!)…

Sean enjoying Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
Sean enjoying Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
a local Barcelona weekend fair
a local Barcelona weekend fair
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Gaudi artwork in Park Güell
Gaudi artwork in Park Güell
Italian, French, Moroccan, Romanian & American all hangin
Italian, French, Moroccan, Romanian & American all hangin
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Sean accepts a free hug
Sean accepts a free hug
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pre tapas stroll with Pierre
pre tapas stroll with Pierre
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Laura lovin all the fresh veggies!
Laura lovin all the fresh veggies!

From Barcelona we took a train across the country to the western coastal town of San Sebastian, one of the culinary capitals of the world (San Sebastian holds a total of 16 Michelin stars!).  So obviously, we went to San Sebastian to stuff our faces with food!  Dish after dish of pintoxs (pronounced pinchos) are spread across each restaurant and bar in San Sebastian, you simply pick up a pre-made plate and eat! Pintxos are very similar to tapas, however they are usually 'spiked' with a skewer or toothpick often to a piece of bread. Yes, amazing! Fun Fact: pintxos and tapas are never served in the same place.

 

We started off our feast with a fine dining experience, then strolled through the streets of San Sebastian for 3 days hoping in and out of bars and restaurants, consuming a variety of pintxos... 

our San Sebastian roomate, Aladdin
our San Sebastian roomate, Aladdin
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round 1, bring on the pintxos!
round 1, bring on the pintxos!
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We loved loved Spain (decided we could live there!) and were sad to go, but our journey must go on!  Adios España… bonjour, France!!!

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