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Spain

Caceres ~ 12 to 13 August 2010

What a beautiful town! It is so old, with amazing castles and little cobbled streets. I just love it! (But then it seems that i just love every place I go to!!). I am spoilt...Raine treated me to a night in a "proper" hotel...quite delightful after bunk beds in the backpackers...I have my own bathroom, a TV and an airconditioner! Thanks sweetheart!!
The view from my hotel room - what a treat!

The view from my hotel room - what a treat!

Spend most of my time just wandering through the many winding streets. I see a beautiful leather backpack but decide not to buy it as I am on a tight budget until I get a feel for the flow of money! I am regretting still...darn...but I believe the leather goods in Morocco are even better in quality and price...so I accept that.
Caceres - the old city

Caceres - the old city


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I was there!

I was there!


Moroccan Garden

Moroccan Garden


The church on the main square

The church on the main square

So much beauty in simple things

So much beauty in simple things

Making best use of small spaces - check the washing line!!

Making best use of small spaces - check the washing line!!

Charming cobbled streets

Charming cobbled streets

Yaaay!! Thelia has materialised the vehicle...we find each other in the town square...what a joyous meeting...much shouts of delight and hugs.

And off we go...in the car of lovely elf, Sofie...life is a treat!!

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Madrid ~ 10 to 11 Aug 2010

Madrid is a stunning city...I love everything about this part of the world. The tappas bars are everywhere....4 or 5 in a block. Of course the bloodhound in me sniffed out a few really good fresh food markets. I brave the Metro and travel back and forth, just getting a feel for the city. It's awesome to feel so safe...alone, at night...no problem. Viva a libertade!!
Food Markets To Die For

Food Markets To Die For

More Food!

More Food!

Synchronicity is very apparent in my journey....I chose a tappas bar to try out my 1st Spanish meal...it was PACKED, 3 rows deep. I wondered around, much like a lost fart in a whirlwind, trying to see what there was on offer, what it costs and how to order it!! This is what I love about foreign travel.

After going from one side of the bar to the other, looking for a gap...the crowds parted and an elderly man and woman beckoned me to the counter. I ordered a jambon roll and a beer. There is just a torrent of Spanish conversation around me. Then a sweet voice says "I think you must ask him again..he has forgotten your jambon!!" The sweet voice belongs to a sweet old lady...within minutes she has asked me to visit her when I come back to Madrid and would like to know if I am interested in teaching English!!!! My 1st valuable contact in Europe.
Madrid Street Artist

Madrid Street Artist


After taking this photo I was sooo relieved to realise I was not in South Africa ;D

After taking this photo I was sooo relieved to realise I was not in South Africa ;D

I stay 2 nights at the backpackers then head off to Caceres to meet up with Thelia, who will some how materialise a vehicle to fetch me!!

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Joburg to Boom ~ 9 August 2010

Raine whisks me off to Oliver Tambo International Airport.....I am so excited it's just not true.
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There was some eina goodbyes (some more than others, but I will heal...and so will they). I bump into a darling friend who is leaving an hour later to visit her kids in the UK....thanks Bexi for a lekker farewell...love to the KL Club.
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To all my grrrlfriends....guyfriends....family.....I love you!

2 hour stopover in Dubai...what an amazing airport!!
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Arrive in Madrid Wed 1430. Too much baggage, not enough Spanish - off into the unknown on the Metro. But I made it, despite the language barriers and lug my katunda up to the youth hostel. What an adventure I have started.

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