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Category Archives: europe summer 06

Dublin to home


After a day full of tarmac-sitting, I am back on my poor old ibook at home. The Ryanair flight from BVA to DUB was chaotic and cattle-like as usual, but the pilot had an interesting intercom annoucement in flight: “Italy have won two-nil in extra time.” This leaves me in a serious predicament as I […]

a little more Paris


Saw Orsay today, very cool. Alana off shopping in Les Halles. Have to leave about four hours preflight for bus to freaking Beauvais. Found a Brazilian bar with happy hour 3 minutes after it started, nice. Am getting carded in Europe all the time… to prove I am under 26 and get a discount. Trying […]

Barcelona night madness, Paris police


Barcelona concluded with an excellent and cheap meal on the Pl. Reial at Les quinze nits, and unfortunately with my leaving my backpack there and having to backtrack 30 minutes each way to retrieve it. Ooops. Good meal though. Unfortunately during that backtrack Brazil managed to blow it for their worst finish since I have […]

l’auberge espagnole


My birthday, for lack of a more articulate word, sucked. The draconian imposition of siesta hours is cute at first but when one has a night train to catch when restaurants are opening and cannot get a decent meal… rrgh. Oh yeah, that and the ketchup. The Alhambra was nice again, of course. We did […]

my birthday


a few minutes ago, walking down the streets of Granada, I got splashed–all over, wearing khakis–with ketchup from above. I think that should tell you all you need to know.

no Córdoba after all


The Sevilla night bus was stinky and miserable as could be expected, and then we got kicked out of the bus station for 15 minutes because it wasn’t open yet… insult added to injury. After the city woke up I introduced Alana to chocolate con churros and we found our hostal, miraculously equipped with a […]



Alana is posting the pictures on Webshots. I try to stay out of the frame as much as possible, but there are some nice views of the sights there.

got to admit it’s getting better


OK, so after a decent meal and the crazy Holland x Portugal match last night, and some late night walking, I think we are patched up for a few more days of 24/7 friction-building travel. We we neither the first in bed nor the first up at the hostel, which was gratifying. Ran into the […]

quick Madrid update


We are in Madrid. It is still here. Saw most of the paseos/Gran Vía/Plaza Mayor type stuff yesterday and today went to the Prado and walked far too far in the Retiro park. Things have hit a new low as far as the not getting deathly sick of being around each other 24/7 but there […]

Live from Bruges at bad prices


After q hqrrozing series of trqins I q, in Bruges qnd boy is this keyboqrd tired: (love this belgian keyboard) So to avoid typing much… AMS Centraal is lousy. Schipol airport is a great alternative. Rotterdam is cold at 4 am. Ah, English mode… now to avoid looking at keys. Luxembourg was very… Luxembourgy. Lots […]