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  • Day12

    Conociendo Avila

    February 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    El martes salimos con el auto camino a Segovia, pero con plan de parar en Avila a conocer la ciudad.

    Lo primero que hicimos fue para en el mirador de los cuatro postes, desde donde teniamos una vista de toda la ciudad amurallada.

    Entramos por la puerta de la catedral, y nos impresiono por lo grande y lo antigua. Tardaron 300 años en construirla!

    Recorrimos tambien las murallas, caminando por arriba y entrando a las torres, por los mismos lugares donde se defendia la ciudad.

    Antes de irnos entramos a conocer el museo de Santa Teresa de Avila, y nos gusto mucho su historia.

    Asi que compramos yemas y chocolates y salimos para Segovia.
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  • Day20

    Mauritius ,Indian Ocean. Almost there..

    April 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌫 7 °C

    Almost There….

    On our 8th day at sea, had some trepidation about this part of the journey, need not have been at all concerned, it’s been simply great, and we could go on ,happily.
    Our days are full to the brim, in fact need a list sometimes..so much to enjoy, and yet at times, evenings especially, in the warm spaces, on deck, starry nights and almost nobody else ,often passers by stop for a chat, including the Captain, last night, to point out the Southern Cross, and confirm we are completely alone out here, no other ships in our days, it’s a lonely ocean, as he put it. A friendly chap ,with a happy ship. We are constantly amazed at all that is offered. The entertainment is outstanding and surprising at times, a Harmonica Player…humm, I thought, how could that be, a tiny Malaysian girl, who played variations of this instrument, and made music like you could not believe.! Our Will Martin is the talk of the ship, he has performed again, and this evening will be in the Atrium for an early evening show, he sings unaccompanied at times, so will do it well, though they have the Piano .
    The Food is hard to comprehend,wonderful, evening Buffets of all kinds, Vietnamese , German lunch ,along with many other nationalities. Last night Indonesian, set up on the outer, aft deck, under the stars, the sea is so calm, for many days now ,in the Doldrums ,so sometimes a shower ,early morning ,and hot sunny days . Mirror calm..
    We swim, I have braved the depths, the Infinity Pool Aft, is divine ,only us ,sometimes… it’s a little hard to access, steep steps ,so I think quite a large bracket may struggle with that..
    Our Craft Group is going from strength to strength ,and it is so informative, very nice Frances ,lived in Sth Africa for 25 years, British, since living in Australia, may have mentioned, tells me everything about the state of the Nation, and such a lot we have no idea about, the real South Africa, some is tragic of course ,and seems un fixable ,so a huge learning curve ahead. We have our Assistant Purser ,Roderico, who has joined to learn, he is gorgeous and so dedicated, proudly displaying his work to the noon gathering of Officers ,on the Pool deck, without a hint of embarrassment, I said, [in group,] you may even be able to knit a hat soon, he beamed and said in in such seriousness, I so hope I can…! So do I…! The Staff, from the cleaning group ,to the Officers, are a delightful bunch of people.
    There are Art Classes, I have a fancy to dabble in, but fitting that in is a challenge..some of the work produced is very good..
    Yesterdays Port Talk on Mauritius ,fills us with great anticipation ,so really this is the part we have come for, though we have loved every day…so far. Other lectures, some on the Geology of the region, we have both so enjoyed, something to learn every day.!
    Walking on deck, on the ship, is an experience, you are close to the sea ,Deck 2, hearing it and feeling the power as we surge ahead, there are rules, like all traffic goes one way, in the past that is not the case ,and someone here.. always going against the flow, but all this works well , often not many out there. No deck chairs ,there are plenty of other places for that. Schools of flying fish, sometimes, flying like little flocks of birds ,over the waves..and our wake streaming behind, quite exhilarating .!
    Sunrises and sunsets ,cloud formations, unique to this ocean, as we head due west ,are very pretty ,rainbows brighter than we have ever seen, in the mornings sometimes , the crew taking great delight in these. Each Ocean has its own special “look” I think..
    Enjoyed the Movie ,Green Book, very much, reading and enjoying recently, Amanda Prowse, Anna and Theo ,separate books, finished A Little Love, sounded not great, but was ,going now for Cry The Beloved Country, read long ago ,but a refresher ,and Disappointment ,a recent insight into today’s Sth Africa.
    Off to breakfast and onward for all today has to offer..
    Hope Mum is well, and reading along ,by now cards should have filled this gap, hopefully.
    Love from us, Faye and Sam.
    Sorry the Map is stuck on Spain..??
    A PS from today/yesterday..
    Will Martin performed in the evening, in our Atrium , packed to the rafters,[it is many levels high ], every vantage point, to capacity , he had the Steinway Piano, and that was all. His performance once again, amazing ,and simply stood and sang ,unaccompanied at the start…
    More of an insight into his life, and growing up in NZ ,looking like he is 16 ,and stories to tell of what happens in that case…amusing..actually 34..He told how every boys dream is becoming an All Black ,and he fervently hoped for that ,but no,, however, he did end up at their games singing the National Anthem, and that he sang, in Maori ,the first verse… At the end he spoke of his nervousness, it still shows, and TV especially makes him anxious ,interviews ..in Christchurch ,he had an important one, with people he had come to know well, the Producer ,and interviewer, he enjoyed ,made him very comfortable, and he felt so pleased with himself, on completion, said his good byes, then met his friend for lunch at a Café nearby , 40 minutes later the Earthquake struck ,and they were killed, in the CTV building .. He then spoke ,just eluding to our recent tragedy, and sang The Dream Is Over… It was a performance to make us very proud to be New Zealanders, we met him ,and told him so, even more proud than the All Blacks I said .! What an ambassador for our Country…!
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  • Day25

    Monsalupe

    October 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Seit gestern bin ich in Monsalupe!
    Alle hier sind super lieb und nett und ich verstehe zumindest teilweise was die von mir wollen. 😅

    Heute morgen war ich mit in der Kirche - Gottesdienst auf Spanisch...

    Ich musste schon mit ca. 5 Leuten telefonieren und habe heute das halbe Dorf Zuhause besucht.

    Morgen fahren wir nach Avila und abends geht es für mich weiter, mal sehen, ob sie mich gehen lassen...🤔
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  • Day26

    Ávila

    October 21, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Heute haben wir einen Tagesausflug nach Ávila gemacht und Eugenia hat mir ein paar Sachen gezeigt und mich danach zum Essen eingeladen.

    Mit der alten Stadtmauer und der Kathedrale ist die Stadt echt schön und einen Besuch wert. ⛪

  • Day38

    Vaughan Town 2, Barco de Avila

    June 8, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Week 2 of Vaughan Town completed. Another wonderful group of Spaniards, volunteers, and staff got together to have a life-changing experience. We found it very heartwarming to have such a close connection with so many people in such a short period of time. There were volunteers from Australia, Canada, England, Sweden, and the US, (and Wales in the first week). The Spaniards had to decipher all those accents and ways of speaking, and it was amazing how much they improved in just 6 days!

    Anglos are encouraged to do a presentation if we want to. Dean presented information on the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park and I led a line dance. Everyone seemed to enjoy both activities!

    Note: Barco de Avila is known as a region for growing organic legumes. We ate some during the week, cooked with chorizo, and they were delicious!
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  • Day31

    Vaughan Town, El Barco de Avila

    June 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We’ve spent the past 6 days volunteering for Vaughan Town, an English Immersion program for Spaniards. We’ve met such wonderful people: the participants, the staff, and the other volunteers. It’s very impressive how dedicated the Spaniards are in their efforts to improve their communication in English! We had a great time and made many new friends.

    As volunteers, we spent time talking one-to-one with each person, had meals together, participated in group activities, and practiced telephone communication as well. In addition, there was an entertainment hour every evening, composed of skits, presentations, and music, in which we all participated at some point. We got to see some real Spanish dancing, and Dean was involved as part of the “Spice Girls” band. We even received certificates at the end of the program!
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  • Day31

    El Barco de Avila

    June 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The area is beautiful: snow-capped mountains, a river, and a small town with a castle and church topped with nesting storks! With as many storks as we've seen, it's hard to believe they are protected. They are messy and people don't want them building nests on their chimneys, so places are provided for them to nest.Read more

  • Day33

    Avila: A Walled City

    June 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We drove from Segovia to Avila, about 1 hour away, to see this old walled city for a short walk-around. The medieval walls are completely intact. We had fun seeing the precious children dressed up for their first communion. It is great to see people involved in these historic buildings as a part of family traditions, and keeping them alive. There was also some kind of civic ceremony involving a band and officials in the town square.Read more

  • Day19

    3500ft up and the little car did well

    June 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    And the old driver wasn't too bad either!
    I think we must have climbed at least 2,500ft in the rain with steaming roads ...good practice for the. Pyrenees.
    N B This post is one day late as it covers Fridays trip from the Castle Estremoz to El Barco d'avila. The N110 we are following is a spectacular drive on great road surface. We passed through Elvas which is a world heritage site...see the amazing aqueduct...also the town is a walled city. The hotel at El Barco didn't look so great but it's location is lovely....Roman bridge and castle surrounded by mountains. Also on this route we followed the cherry growing centre of Spain...now feeling very sick from my 1kilo purchase!Read more

  • Day56

    Day 56: Avila

    April 12, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Another day, another World Heritage site! After our hotel breakfast we checked out around 10:30 and got back on the road. Short drive today, only about an hour to the south-west as we headed for the old town of Avila. This place is mainly notable for the enormous medieval walls still surrounding the town, so we decided to check it out.

    Had a bit of difficulty parking at first as there were lots of people around, but managed to find somewhere eventually. Wandered into town and started exploring, though neither of us felt particularly taken by the place. The walls are very impressive and in great condition, though the cleanliness of the stone and perfect condition made it feel a bit fake, weirdly. And that plus the hordes of tourists, people selling fairy floss and balloons etc made it feel almost like a theme park rather than a historic place. Alas.

    We had a good look around and filmed some stuff before stopping for some tapas on the main square. Checked out the various parts of the city before returning to the car and driving to our accommodation. We'd actually booked into a small hostel for the night and it was quite nice; only six rooms so not the usual hordes of drunken backpackers. There was a group of 8 Chinese priests which was a little odd! It also made me realise we've seen almost no Chinese tourists at all in Spain.

    Headed back into the old town for dinner and things had quietened down a fair bit, which was quite nice. Walked over to a market square rather than the main plaza, and as expected the venues here were aimed more at locals than tourists. Shandos had a fish dish while I had a chicken club sandwich.

    Back to the hostel and off to bed!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Ávila, Provincia de Avila, Avila, Abila, Província d'Àvila, Ávila, アビラ

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