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Sant Fruitós de Bages

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    • Day1

      The Journey Begins!!

      October 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      We finally got to go!! This is something we have been waiting for so long 😁 No idea what's gonna happen in this trip. I mean NO IDEA. Two people who doesn't mind about planning things properly is the best combination here haha. Well, we are gonna have fun for sure!
      First destination: gas station! You gotta start with small steps right?

      Vihdoin päästiin lähtemään!! Tätä ollaan ootettu jo niin pitkään 😁 Ei mitään tietoo mitä tulee tapahtumaan tällä reissulla. Ei siis MITÄÄN tietoa. Kaks ihmistä, jotka ei välitä suunnitella asioita turhan tarkkaan on paras yhistelmä tässä haha. Ainaki meillä tulee oleen hauskaa!
      Eka stoppi: bensa asema! Pitää alottaa pienin askelin, vai mitä?

      Ya ha llegado la hora de irnos! Es algo que hemos estado esperando durante mucho tiempo 😁 No tenemos ni idea qué pasará en este viaje. Ni idea! Dos personas a quien no les importa planear cosas correctamente es la mejor combinación. Bueno, lo pasaremos bien seguro!
      Primer destino: gasolinera! Se tiene que empezar por pequeños pasos verdad?
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    • Day3

      ave train to Sevilla. Atocha station

      May 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      we made it to the train station, got to the correct platform and correct train and correct coach!! this is a high speed train AVE to sevilla. The interior of the train station is magnificent full of indoor tropical plants. (7,000 plants) but we had no time to explore it as we had to make sure we got to the platform primera in a timely manner....LOL the atocha station was built in 1851 and was the 2nd railway line in Spain. wooden platform initially then expanded in 1865 and 1892 with the roof being out on. engineer was saint James...I'm sure not the st James! today it was refurbished in 1984 and 1992 and has the old section as offices and the new one is the actual station. was actually sprinkling rain as we pulled out but now just some clouds and sun. we should be in Sevilla in 2.5 hours!Read more

    • Day9

      Fehler gefunden, aber ...

      August 7, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Die zweite Werkstatt is super, sind zudem sehr nett und kompetent. Fehler nach 1 Stunden gefunden. Das war aber auch schon die gute Nachricht, die schlechte is das die Reparatur min 1 Woche dauern wird. Kommuniziert haben wir übrigens alle per Übersetzungs-App, klappt 👍Read more

    • Day8

      Stellplatz vor der 2. Werkstatt

      August 6, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Die zweite Werkstatt soll was können und hat auch Samstag auf. Also 45km mit 40km/h in die Richtung und einen Stellplatz suchen. Der is sogar ganz nett mit allem was man so benötigt. Alle um mich herum wollten dann noch Fotos machen 😁Read more

    • Day12

      Laundromat-led tourism.

      September 22, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Looking at the practicalities of holidaying we needed either to find a laundromat soon or pay ridiculous prices for the hotel to do our washing. According to our valued friend Mr Google the nearest laundromat was some 20km away at a town we'd never heard of called Manresa. We decided to head off, both to save some money and to see the countryside.

      One thing which made us think twice though was the amazingly dense fog we saw when we looked out our window. No way were we willing to drive in that. Fortunately by the time we finished breakfast the fog was gone.

      Retracing part of the road we'd driven in the wee small hours of the morning in an unfamiliar car to reach the hotel was quite scary. Some of the roads are steep and narrow, and there are a couple of hairpin bends which almost require a three point turn to navigate. The scenery which we were seeing in daylight for the first time is quite beautiful.

      We reached Manresa, a historic town which now seems to have a large university, and eventually found a parking spot which Brian could drive into. He is still a long way from mastering parallel parking in a left-hand drive car. We've always found laundromats to be great places to get to know the locals, as invariably one has to seek help to master the peculiarities of the local machines. Laundromat protocol varies greatly from place to place but provided you don't tread on anyone's toes too hard it's possible to strike up some excellent short term friendships, as we did on this occasion. .

      After the hour or so of domestic duties we set off on foot to explore the place. It wasn't the most spectacular town we've ever been to but it certainly offered interesting views and some beautiful old buildings.

      One of its main claims to fame is the Cave of St Ignatius. We trudged up a couple of steep hills to visit it but everything was closed. The aforementioned Saint Ignatius of Loyola headed there in 1522 and spent eleven months meditating in a cave. For the devout, this is a pretty big deal which has put Manresa on the map. At least he had the benefit of a great view from his chosen spot.

      After being spoilt the previous night with our dinner we decided this time to go more downmarket and look for something to eat at the local village of Cardona. Experience had shown us that Spanish people eat quite late with many places not opening up for meals until at least 8 o'clock. We set off just before 8pm for the five minute drive, found a tapas place and ordered our drinks and food. Just before 9 o'clock we tried to order a couple more tapas dishes only to be told by the surly waitress that they were about to close. Sure enough, they and all the other nearby restaurants simply shut up shop. It was a cheap night out for us but we didn't exactly feel that we'd overeaten.
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      Better than police-station-led tourism. :-) BW

      9/22/19Reply

      You certainly are having an adventurous holiday yet again. I love reading your travel blog, Marijke

      9/22/19Reply

      Did you end up spending more to get to a laundromat than if you paid to have it done? . I guess you experienced other stuff on the journey. 👍

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    • Day1

      Manresa

      November 19, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

      El albergue era enorme. Nuestra habitación, con 6 literas, tenía baño propio pero además, había otro cuarto con duchas y lavabos en el piso de abajo. Por lo tanto pudimos ducharnos todos a la vez. Cuando acabamos, nos fuimos a tomar unas cervezas para hacer tiempo hasta la hora de la cena. Josep había reservado mesa a las 22.30 en un restaurante de tapas. No es que fuera una comida espectacular pero lo que nos importaba era la compañía. Después de cenar, dimos un paseo por Manresa, con la idea de encontrar un bar donde tomar la última. Tras descartar una discoteca, nos metimos en una tasca que nos sirvió una cerveza mientras fregaban el suelo y recogían las mesas. Sutil gesto para indicarnos que se querían ir. Tampoco nos importó, estábamos cansados.
      La noche en el albergue fue agradable, todos dormimos estupendamente hasta las 8 de la mañana cuando una jauría de niños comenzó a correr y gritar por los pasillos. El alboroto, aunque fue breve pero intenso, no desveló y conseguí volver a dormir hasta las 10 a.m.
      Dejamos las maletas en el albergue y fuimos a desayunar por Manresa y tras un pequeño paseo, recogimos las maletas y fuimos en 2 coches a un parque a las afueras. El sol ya estaba alto y calentaba, lo que hizo que el paseo fuera muy agradable. Terminamos en una terraza junto a un lago tomando el vermut. Sobre la 1 de la tarde, Josep se llevó al aeropuerto a los primeros en irse, Rodri y César: abrazos de despedida y promesas de repetir quedada.
      Nos quedamos en la terraza un ratito más Laia, María, Ana y yo.
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    Sant Fruitós de Bages, Sant Fruitos de Bages, San Fructuoso de Bages, ESSFR

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