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So - the reader may ask - was this an ‘Everest’ event? Was this like climbing an 8000m peak? You know, now that I've done it, I don’t think it was. There was no freezing cold, no helpless struggle for breath, painful thirst, fear of death, etc. On the contrary, there was a warm bed every night, good food, a glass of wine or beer, warm sunshine, plenty of food and support during the day. The ...
Saturday we flew to Barcelona and took a car to Girona. Throughout the day we ran into our cycling friends and we all went out for dinner. Most of us stayed in a hotel next to the Cathedral, and we heard the bells chime every 15 minutes and mark every hour. It was a long night. Since then we have had three days of cycling. The first short but hard; the second pretty long and not quite ...
... assistant discovered this when the couple behind passed through security. "No sir, you can't bring a bottle of wine in your hand luggage, even though you have nicely packaged up all your toiletries in a clear plastic bag. That's it, blog over and what an experience it was. Just remember that Girona is a lovely, expensive, rude, determined, delightful, plain and different place. If you can make your mind up and go after that ridiculous summary of words - good on you. Over and ...
... conversation that tested my Spanish to the fullest available extent, we departed with a smile. One note, we earlier found out that flies were a symbol of Girona, I'm wondering whether this came about due to an honest tradition or from the simple fact that there are flies EVERYWHERE. Don't get me wrong, Girona is a clean place, but for some reason the annoying little creatures love the Girona air, and my beer. Interestingly Helena had earlier mentioned about a place where they stick ...
Alarm goes off, alarm goes off again, alarm doesn't go off. Oops, 10 mins before the free time expires on the car, I make a quick dash to put some money on the meter. As I approach it looks normal, it takes money but does it want to? No. As I puzzle over the confusion of the machine, a 'man sweeper', starts talking in Catalan, I respond in Spanish, luckily he responds in Spanish. After much confusion I find that actually it does like money, ...