Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…done with Barcelona

Barcelona’s the most visited city in Spain (probably) and one that airlines try to push the most. I base this on the fact that I used to do work for a major airline who, every month, wanted at least one article written about the place. What do I remember from all those articles? Gaudi.

random-barcelona

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…done with Zaragoza

After Madrid my hopes for Spain rose considerably, but Zaragoza sort of pushed them back down again. It’s a cute little riverside town, with an amazing cathedral and some nice cobbled shopping streets but, like Santiago, for a traveller who wants instant gratification there’s not much to do beyond the first couple of days of sightseeing.

Here's Zaragoza cathedral up close and at night

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…Madrid fer it

I’ve said my piece on big cities before, so it’s understandable that every time I visit a new one I’d have a bit of apprehension about the place. On top of that, in the Madrid vs Barcelona debate — the Spanish equivalent of Sydney vs Melbourne — it seemed like I’d fall on the Catalonian side.

Busy

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…drinking porto in Oporto

If there’s one thing that’s great about the Portuguese city of Porto, it’s that they make a lot of port. There are, admittedly, other good things, but let’s make it clear that that’s the best.

porto-panorama

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…done with Santiago

Santiago de Compostela is a town best known for being the end of a pilgrim’s trail, a trek that starts in France and takes around a month to hike to its end point at the Santiago Cathedral. People started doing El Camino Santiago back in the middle ages and continue to this day, believing the cathedral to be the resting place of St James’ bones, and was the subject of a big enough Hollywood film that I saw it in the cinema.

I took the simple option of just flying to the bloody place.

 

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…done with Tenerife

Remember the whole blogging in retrospect thing? That turned out to be a bit rubbish, didn’t it? Delaying the writing makes things seem easier at the time, but then when I’m actually meant to update this thing, the memories of wherever I’ve been are distant and I’ve lost any idea about what it really was like to be somewhere other than ‘remember that nice coffee shop?’ or ‘it was a bit okay’. Anyway, without further ado, here’s some vague details of my trip to Tenerife. I should be a salesman.

view from my balcony
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