Departure

Today is my last day in Spain. Tonight, late in the evening, will fly back to Australia. Moscow saw me off with snow, suddenly it became very cold there. In Barcelona, it was warmer – 16 degrees. My Russian trip was successful – I managed to see my relatives, and of course, talk a lot to my mother. I managed to see some other things, although I didn’t have much time for that. It was great nevertheless. In Moscow, I caught a cold, and am still feeling the consequences. However, I perservered with my tour program in Spain. Visited the charming Cuenca, with views of the gorge and the ancient city itself, with hanging houses, narrow streets and an impressive cathedral. Yesterday I was in Valencia, one of the largest cities in the country. Also liked it. The combination of old and new, interesting architecture, parks … Today I will explore something not far from the charming Barcelona. Spain is beautiful and not expensive, and the Spaniards themselves are nice and friendly people. The food here is excellent. The variety of everything is incredible.

But soon I’ll be heading for Australia. The fifth continent is waiting for me.

I hope to visit Spain and Portugal again, not in the very distant future.

Interruption

I apologize for the interruption in communication. On the last day in Portugal, and then during my transit in Spain, I did not have access to the Internet: neither in trains, nor at train stations … It was like a conspiracy. I arrived in Moscow on Monday and was a bit unwell initially. But now I have access to the Internet- I bought a local SIM card.

I liked Portugal: Lisbon is a beautiful city, with signs of the former colonial grandeur. I also visited the charming Sintra, a city of palaces, and, by the way, Byron’s favorite place. I was in transit in Madrid and visited,  for a couple of hours, the Prado Museum: as usual, I was deeply moved by the  Spanish art: Goya, Velasquez, El Greco… In Moscow I communicate mostly with my mother – we were very happy to see each other after one year.

Forced break

I apologize for the interruption in communication. My hosting company had technical problems: for several days I could not use the site to update records and even my own sites disappeared.

Now I am in Seville, yesterday had a day trip to Cadiz, tomorrow again on the road: by train via Madrid to Lisbon.

About my trip

My trip has been successful so far. I spent 5 nights in Barcelona, and before that, one night each in Melbourne and Dubai in transit, had tours in Barcelona, Monserrat (a monastery 50km away), Andorra, and now I am in Cordoba. All the places I have visited are beautiful and inspiring.

Am placing two photos of fruit trees I saw in Cordoba: a lemon tree in Alcazar (royal palace) and an orange tree on a street. By the way, there are lots of orange trees here everywhere teeming with fruits. They have bitter taste, I was told, and the local council is supposed to pick them up soon. You could use them for making jam. Also, am placing three photos from Andorra, one of smallest countries in the world.