An interesting review of Albacete, Castilla-La-Mancha!

Albacete has a bad reputation throughout Spain. En España, Albacete tiene mala fama. Many times, after I tell Spanish friends about my goal to step foot in every Spanish province, they try to convince me that the 20 minute rest stop at the Albacete bus station counted. Muchas veces, cuando les cuento mi reto de pisar todas las […]

via Albacete….do what and leave? — setmeravelles

Exploring incredible India

Hello there!

I have recently returned home from the trip of a lifetime to India. For three weeks, I travelled around the amazing South Asian country that is India with three friends from my University. We all had a fantastic time and wished that we could have stayed longer!

We travelled from the UK to Bangalore in South India and stayed with my friend at her family home for a week. We visited local Hindu temples, tried local Indian dishes, experienced the city party scene and became accustomed to a somewhat different culture. We also did some major shopping, making the most of the US-style malls and cheap prices- £29 Levi jeans- yes please! My friend’s lovely family made us feel most welcome in their gorgeous home and we instantly clicked with their family and friends out there.

After a week in the warm South, we flew to (a very hot!) New Delhi for our tour of the ‘Golden triangle’. We took a day trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal which was a wonderful experience. It is difficult to comprehend the grandeur of this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site, which took Shah Jahan 10 years to build by  for his dying wife. On the day that we visited the Taj, the weather was scorching and reached 45°C!

The following day we visited New Delhi and saw some brilliant sights, including the Jama Masjid, Sikh Gurudwara Bala Sahib, Qutb Minar, Lotus temple and the tomb of Mahatma Gandhi. We even had the opportunity to take rickshaws into the spice markets and purchase spices to bring home. The food was always so tasty that I wanted to bring back anything that I could- my 4 mangos survived my flight home and were so worth it 🙂

After New Delhi, we took the train to Jaipur and spent three days touring this historic, cultural city. We loved the City palace, Amber Fort and palace, and the views of the Floating palace. We even took an elephant ride up to the Amber Fort, and one evening experienced a local Indian dinner served on banana leaves on the floor!

Following this, we flew back to Bangalore for a day of relaxation before taking a trip to the seaside city of Goa with some friends. We spend a few days lounging by the pool, splashing around on the beach and visiting the local town of Margao. It was interesting to see the Portuguese influence of Vasco da Gama on this beautiful Indian coastline.

Unfortunately, we were nearing the end of our trip. We definitely did not wish to say goodbye to our kind host family, lovely friends, eye-opening country nor our best friends. However, all good things must come to an end, and I know that it won’t be our last holiday together nor our last trip to this amazing country!

Andar, caminar and pasear

Hello all,

Recently my Spanish tutor encouraged me to take a look at http://www.habla.pl for interesting articles and helpful Spanish grammar tips. I found a great article about the differences between three very similar Spanish verbs- andar, caminar and pasear. I’d recommend a look at this article and many others on the site which seem to be useful! Now I finally understand the various uses for these verbs 🙂

If anyone knows of any other interesting Spanish websites then please comment! I’d also love to hear your opinions on this articles or any others that you read on http://www.habla.pl!

With love,

Lucy

Eight beautiful cities in Europe

These cities are wonderful! I’m so glad that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of them.

Ellis Goes On Holiday

I have to admit that I am pretty lucky to live in Europe, the continent has so many interesting and beautiful cities that are just a stone’s throw away from good old Blighty. Even if you do live a bit further out, however, there are many that are worth the trip:

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Le gouvernement français aborde le probleme du communautarisme au banlieue

Bonjour.

Je suis désolée que je n’ai pas écrit pour quelques mois. J’ai été tres occupée a cause de mes etudes. Mais aujourd’hui, j’ecris du probleme de la segregation des gens d’origins ethniques différents au banlieue. A l’ecole, j’etudie le film ‘La Haine’ de Mathieu Kassovtiz donc j’apprends de la banlieue et l’exclusion sociale des immigrés qui habitent là. Je sais qu’il faut améliorer la situation et je comprends l’importance de la recognition du gouvernment français. J’ai lis un article de Sky News qui je m’interesse beaucoup et je voudrais vous partager.

http://news.sky.com/story/1420147/france-targets-ghettos-in-anti-terror-fight

Guadalajara. Not just in Mexico.

I’m fascinated by this region of Spain, I love the diversity and history of the towns!

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When someone talks about Guadalajara, chances are they’re referring to Mexico’s second largest city, unaware that there is a city and province that gave the more famous one its name. Castilla La Mancha has four provinces, and two of them lent their names to bigger cities in the Americas, as Toledo also gave its (very butchered pronunciation) name to the real mistake on the lake in Ohio. (Cleveland just has burning rivers. They don’t have toxic algae in 2013, folks. My hometown is about halfway between the two, but Toledo, Spain, is my Spanish “village”.

Lying just north of Madrid, the province of Guadalajara is a treasure of medieval villages, beautiful scenery and the “pueblos negros”, villages made of slate. Most of the time, Guadalajara just serves as a dot on the motorway/highway that connects Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. While I haven’t visited the capital city, I have gone on hiking…

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