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Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Valencian Country,
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We thought the Italians were lazy, but the Spanish really do take the cake. This siesta stuff is bad enough but the fact that they have a public holiday every second week is just absurd. But Spain does have a good reputation as being the least "rapey" of al the EU countries. That may be because shops open at 5pm to start their day. It is weird for us to see families and kids out and about in the middle of the night though.

Today we had an even warmer day, some 30C! so great. We paid out the day in a place called 'Elx' (or ‘Elche’). A place like none other we had seen. It was once roman owned, but in the middle ages was run by the Islamic moors until the Christian crusades sent them packin’. There still is an Arab castle in the town.
We attended mass in the cool Unisco church there, rather accidentally, but it was really awesome. They had an epic organ, but instead decided to rock the nylon guitar.
The best thing about Elx though are the Palm groves. The place is literally in a Palm jungle, continuing a palm agricultural tradition from Moorish times. It was so awesome. Palms everywhere! We wandered around eating the dates. They say there are some 200,000 fully grown palm trees. That is a lot.

In the arvo we kept on driving and came across a strange castle aloft a spike of a mountain. On top was a huge statue of Jesus much like the ‘Christ the redeemer’ in Brazil. There are so many cool surprises.

The landscape has turned dry and rugged. We suppose just like we thought Spain would look like stereotypically. But still orange crops everywhere. Intermittently planted by artichoke.
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