Ok…. so we’re sitting at the airport waiting to board which means that we are at the end of this leg and the end of the whole epic trip. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people following along, all the people who commented on the blog and on Facebook – knowing that people are reading makes it all worth while.
Tomorrow in Barcelona looks set to be utter chaos with major strikes, more marches and protests and apparently there are marches into Barcelona from outlining towns in Catalunya – so although we’re sad that it is all going on, we’re also very pleased to be going home.
So…. The highlights:
Jenny: in no certain order – The Douro Valley, Porto, the Coimbra University, Seville, the old Jewish Quarters, the history, the buildings, the food (in the beginning, when we weren’t sick of it), the tours and the lovely guides, the little walled towns, I’ve had my fill of cathedrals, but I have to say The Alhambra (Grenada) and the Mezquita (Cordoba) were my faves, and of course the top of the list is the Sagrada Familia, making the paella, pastel de nata, the weather and sitting outside to people watch.
Shell: in no certain order – everything Me Jenny said + finding me new red shoes and being able to be understood in Spanish.
We agreed – the smoking and the crowds of tourists (yes, I know we are part of that group, but…
So what have we learned on this trip? We learned that…
- Spanish people don’t take a breathe when they talk
- the taxi drivers must go to the Stirling Moss School of Taxi Driving
- there is no Uber in Barcelona!
- restaurants don’t open until 8.30pm +
- kids stay up until all hours
- you really only need 2-3 outfits when you travel
- you should get to the buffet breakfast early
- and that you shouldn’t overload on breakfast in case you find tasty morsels when you’re out and about
- we love Ruby port wine
- noise cancelling headphones are a necessity to everybody’s personal safety