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Easing out of Europe

sunshine in Seville and surfing in Sagres

sunny 20 °C

We are currently in Rossland, BC and spent today skiing in powder up to the ying yang but, since we haven't yet posted pictures or written about our last days in Europe, here goes....

We made it across the Straits of Gilbraltar and. while that rock did beckon us, we decided instead to spend our time in Spain. On recommendation from Nils' friends from his October Spanish adventure, we went to Seville, a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly city. We watched all the action of the rowers in the canal, toured the bullfighting museum, and enjoyed the sitting in caf├ęs trying out different tapases/tapasae/tapas...you get the idea.
Once again, the fantastic, generic, inexpensive Rioja was well-appreciated.

We also witnessed a large, reasonably well-natured street protest which we think was opposing the privatization of the public electrical utility. It was an all ages event with lots of costumes and really loud mobile stereo systems pumping out upbeat contemporary music suitable to register outrage to. There were a lot of placards denouncing the real or imagined potential corruption of the proposed Government action....well-organized community dissent on a pleasant Saturday morning in "Sebilla" , as we affectionately referred to this very neat, historical Southwestern Spanish town.

On the banks of the canal in Seville

On the banks of the canal in Seville

The boys down by the ring.

The boys down by the ring.

The bull who killed 8 horses in the ring.

The bull who killed 8 horses in the ring.

Enjoying the sun in Seville

Enjoying the sun in Seville

In the centre of the city, we explored the Metropol Parasol, a recently-unveiled wooden structure which cost 90 million Euros. Referred to as "the mushroom" because of its shape, it is the largest wooden structure in the world. It provided an unobstructed, panoramic view of the downtown core. There are very few buildings that are more than 5 or 6 stories except for the venerable and abundant churches and palaces which were constructed over the course of numerous centuries of Sevillian cultural and occupational influence.

Max...let me show you

Max...let me show you

View over Seville

View over Seville

We stayed in the Seville Centre One Hostel and enjoyed the free Sangria each night at 10 pm (although we question whether an entire bottle of red actually made it into the punch bowl). You might be able to fool the current Kiwi or Bavarian guitar toting gap year student on a walkabout, but not these wiley veterans of hostels of a few years past !

Hostel One in central Seville

Hostel One in central Seville

Youthful hosteler at heart

Youthful hosteler at heart

Nils and Max doing coffee in the square.

Nils and Max doing coffee in the square.


From Seville, we moved to Portugal. We wanted to stay on the Algarve and not knowing much about the area, we choose accommodation in Sagres, the town which is the furthest south in Portugal. This location made for a longish bus ride from Seville but once we were there, we had no regrets. We stayed in a brand-spanking new condo complex and spent each day at the beach. Nils was able to follow a life-long dream of learning how to surf (more practice is needed) and we all spent some time at bodyboarding. The waves here are quite erratic so I spent much of my time picking sand out of my eyes and ears. The boys are much more skilled in the area of watching the waves.

Clarke boys with their yellow shirts (now everyone knows that they are beginners!)

Clarke boys with their yellow shirts (now everyone knows that they are beginners!)

This part is easy but standing up....not so much

This part is easy but standing up....not so much

Yellow shirts hard at work!

Yellow shirts hard at work!

Max and Angus enjoy the surf

Max and Angus enjoy the surf

Mum gives bodyboarding a try!

Mum gives bodyboarding a try!

Searching for the best waves...Mum, this board is heavy!!

Searching for the best waves...Mum, this board is heavy!!

Hang Ten

Hang Ten


When we weren't trying to ride the waves, we walked along the coast to the furthest point south, sat down and looked far, far off in the distance.
Next stop, Kittyhawk....

Aufwiedersehen Europa, we had a grand time living la dolce vita.

Southern tip of Portugal

Southern tip of Portugal

Posted by clarkesabroad 20:59 Archived in Spain Tagged seville sagres

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