Monthly Archive for October, 2005

An Update From the Costa Brava

Hi everyone!!

So we’re now on our last leg of the trip… and version 4.0 of the itinerary. Since we last talked to you in Seville, we decided to scratch Morocco (too intense for our sleepy bodies and brains and not enough time) and head to Barcelona. Except Barcelona was packed with barely a room left in the city! We ended up jumping from sad little pension to sad little pension (with one lonely little star, as Mat says) before we decided to bag it and head up the coast to do some exploring. In the meantime though, we had a blast hanging out with Mat’s Aunt Kathi and Uncle Barry who happened to be in town at the same time. We toured the Sagrada Familia and had amazing dinners and conversations (finally, extended conversations in English! Hooray!).

So we decided to rent a car. Unfortunately, we never got around to taking Catherine up on her offer of teaching us stick before we left home. So we learned on the bustling streets of Barcelona. Or rather, Mat learned. I did okay the first couple times, then gave up after failing to get it into first gear after 15 tries. Actually, at that point, we both had given up and were tired of being the entertainment for everyone on the street corner and I walked back to the rental place for help. Soon we realized, help came in the form of a tow truck. We were hoping for just a lesson. We weren’t ready to give up yet. The driver gave us some instructions in Catalan and a few key gestural demonstrations with his hands, but somehow it worked. Mat got behind the wheel… and away we went! On to the highway and up the coast! We found a great little hotel in a tiny town called Tamariu (population: 140) and relaxed for a few days. We drove to Figueras and visited the Dali museum then wandered up to France for dinner. Yummy!

After a few days, we headed back to Barcelona where we had made an advance reservation (clever us) and met up with Kathi and Barry again. We spent a few days breaking the bank in the amazing little shops in La Ribera and visiting the fascinating Picasso museum. And since we had so much fun driving through the countryside of Catalonia, we decided to do it again. So we rented another car and now we’re in a fancy hotel in a town called Fontnells. We treated ourselves to four stars! But they close for the season on Sunday so we’ll be moving on up the coast and then we fly to London on Thursday for one night before flying home on Friday. We’re winding down and ALMOST ready to get back to normal post-wedding life. Not sure we’re ready for November weather yet though. And almost Thanksgiving… how bizarre! We still think it’s the end of summer.

Anyhow, miss you all and can’t wait to see you all (hopefully) soon. But, in the meantime, a pool-side mojito is calling….. 😉

e & m

From An Internet Center In Seville

Hi everybody!

Writing to you from Seville, Spain… after a looong journey from Lagos on the Algarve coast in Southern Portugal. Took trains (and pooped in a squater!), ferries and buses to get here. We had thought we might zip up to Barcelona fter this but have decided to stay and relax for a few days here before heading off to Gibraltar and Morocco. This traveling stuff can really wear you out! (Boo hoo, poor us!)

Flew into Lisbon Tuesday morning from Newark. (Best tip yet: ordered a Kosher meal for the flight and it was amazing! Served first, was yummy AND non-trayf!) Had a gorgeous room with a view and tons of sunlight overlooking the city in Lisbon. Spent a couple days wandering around, listening to and learning about fado (the Lisbon folk/blues music) and eating eating eating. Then caught a bus to the Algarve in the South. We stayed in Lagos, which was okay – a little too party beach town for us, but we rented a scooter and spent a gorgeous day exploring the coast. Lots of tiny cove beaches and hidden inlets. And Mat´s quite the moped daredevil. (Just kidding, Mom – we´re very safe!) Ate lots of smoked ham wih melon. Learned some Portuguese. Now we´re trying to retrain our brains for the Spanish. Very similar, but totally different pronunciations.

Decided to leave for Seville yesterday but found out we were going to be stuck in the party beach town for two more days till the next direct bus so took a long roundabout route to get here a day earlier. Spent last night in a tiny little border town called Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Checked into a hotel that reminded us way too much of “The Shining” and immediately checked out. Very bizarre little town. We both agree we would never have made it out of that haunted hotel without an exorcism!

So that´s about it! Keep writing – we love getting your messages whenever we can find an Internet place. Still more adventures to be had and we´ll be home in three weeks!

Oh! And we´ve now been married for ONE WHOLE WEEK! The wedding and Cambridge seem like ages ago, but we´re still processing all the little details of the weekend. Everyone was amazing with all their help and love and support and we can´t even begin to thank them enough. It was the most amazing and moving experience for both of us.

Land Of A Thousand Dances

After this weekend I will have two last names.

See you soon!