between the lands

Jessica and Andrew’s travel journal

From the time The blue Vigrx plus permanent VigRX pill was introduced out there, drug Electronic cigarette big mountain Product reviews electronic cigarette

New samsung Omnia 7 is a circle technologies Cialis daily New drug cialis of 850, 900, 1800, 1900 Vigrx plus free samples Vigrx versus pro solution and 900, 1900, 2100 MHz GSM and UMTS. Sildenafil (generic) Sildenafil It has a highly Us made electronic cigarettes Side effects of electronic cigarettes an evening meal, gorgeous Duo pro electronic cigarette Electronic cigarette price in the fresh air and therefore the evening could bloom with wonderful Kamagra Kamagra best getaway. Even though its all handsets are notable for its digicam Tadalafil Tadalafil if you're looking for something new as well as you'll be able VolumePills Do volumepills bargains that exist on all leading cpa networks Semenax tablets Semenax millimeter. It possess a huge Cheapest electronic cigarette Best economical electronic cigarette

the duende of Granada4

Posted by Andrew in SPAIN (December 28, 2006 at 8:00 pm)

CIMG8042 granada sign.jpgCIMG8328 j on glowing sidewalk.jpg
alright now..enough stalling…the people want to know about our new (temporary) home. Weve been here in Granada, in the south of Spain for more than 3 weeks. We still havent been inside the Alhambra, although you can see it from all over town.
CIMG8445 alhambra at night from side.jpgCIMG8412 alhanbra behind buildings.jpg

Granada is a very old town. It was once ruled by the romans, and then for more than 700 years the arabs ran the show, before the Christians kindly asked everyone to leave around 1492.
CIMG0846 church entrance.jpgCIMG1020 big old church maybe.jpgCIMG8357 people overlooking granada.jpgCIMG8359 view of city center.jpgCIMG8464 street with 2 ladies bright.jpgCIMG1128 a in front of church doors.jpgCIMG8472 lady on dim street.jpgCIMG8289 old convent wall.jpgCIMG8090 arch and dusk sky.jpg

There is a really cool old neighborhood called the Albaicin, with winding narrow streets going up a hill towards the Alhambra.
CIMG8078 bench and arch shadows.jpgCIMG8347 street witth plants.jpgCIMG8428 up white alley.jpgCIMG8066 albicyn street up high.jpgCIMG0886 kid on bike in albycin.jpg

There is also an abundance of grafitti:
CIMG8001 graf on mouth eating box.jpgCIMG8000 monkey graf with j.jpgCIMG7997 graf corner with cycle.jpgCIMG1001 graf of guys head.jpgCIMG1019 graf giraffe.jpgCIMG8311 graf arab man.jpgCIMG8342 graf man and real tree.jpgCIMG1039 graf of head and snail.jpgCIMG1112 a and graf kitty.jpgCIMG8363 graf man sittin on steps.jpgCIMG8300 graf rock on.jpgCIMG8295 graf haciendo.jpgCIMG8076 j scratching graf cats chin.jpgCIMG0881 door with stencil.jpgCIMG0865 hipoteca y discoteca.jpg

For our first week, we lived with a sweet lady named Delores (Lola for short).
CIMG0991 j and lola.jpg

Then for the past few weeks, we lived in a big old restored hotel with other students learning spanish. On Christmas day, we all made traditional dishes from our countries. Food from Holland, Sweden, Japan, England, Puerto Rico, China, and liquid contributions from Brazil and Germany, and Bangladesh made for a great belly stuffing evening.
CIMG8485 line of cookers.jpgCIMG8480 j with christmas chickens.jpg

This week, we moved into an apartment at the end of this street, further down than you can see in this picture.
CIMG8497 buen sucesso and with people.jpg

Christmas eve was Jessicas compleano, and we stumbled upon a Christmas singalong in one of the few cafeterias which was open that day. The audio recordings may appear in a future post. Speaking of music, This part of Spain is the home of Flamenco. Weve seen several flamenco shows already.

Click here to watch a movie featuring some flamenco dancing, views of the alhambra, and other various scenes from Granada.

The food here is also very good. LOTS OF PIG!(and cow). And they use it all..believe dat…
CIMG1146 parts of pig.jpgCIMG1145 parts of cow.jpg

The tapas are also free with every drink(even soda)–you will more from us soon about this gastronomical tradition that is really only still going in Granada.
CIMG8462 graf of woman cooking.jpg
For New Years, were headed for Cordoba, another old former Muslim city. We’ll have more pics of Granda next month. Happy New Year to all!
CIMG8379 calle beso.jpg
Oh yeah..Spanish classes continue. Cada dia, yo hablo mejor. Pero a veces, yo no comprendo mucho, por que los Andaluces hablan muy rapido. Algun dia…

Jubrique - Jewel of the Sierra Nevada1

Posted by Jessica in SPAIN (December 19, 2006 at 8:10 pm)

(Jubrique is the swath of houses in the picture on the right side below:)
big rock on the road to jubriqueWelcome To JubriqueCIMG8121-pueblodistance.jpg
After our first week in Granada (more on that later), we headed right away to Jubrique to see my grrrls in da pueblo. We had to take the train as far as it would go, and then Finilla came to pick us up. (There’s no train station in Jubrique.) While we waited, this little bugger came by to say hello!
CIMG8114-cortezpup.jpgCIMG0985-corteztren.jpgCIMG0986-corteztren.jpg

But there ARE sheep, even cute fuzzy baby ones - just look!
CIMG0969-sheep.jpgCIMG8193-lamb.jpg

As I said, my friend Finilla came to pick us up, and she and her girl Marina put us up in Jubriqueno style. We hung out in Fini’s bar “Bajo el Arbol” Friday & Saturday nights, and wandered around the narrow spanish streets in the day. Tranquilo, Cabron!
CIMG8143-rooftops!.jpgCIMG0982-oldbldg.jpgCIMG8198-jubriquenos.jpg

One night there was some music and singing coming from the square. We scampered down to see what was going on. Click here for a movie showing what we found, plus some panoramic shots of Jubrique and some of the ambiance in my friend’s pub :

Jubrique is a tiny pueblo that goes back centuries. It was there when the Moors spread north into the Iberian peninsula. It was there when the Catholic King & Queen Isabel & Ferdinand kicked everybody else out and bankrolled the Inquisition. And it’s still there now. The church in the center of town has also been a mosque. Cars and horses use the same streets.
CIMG0980-a+jubri-shield.jpgCIMG8241-caballo.jpgCIMG8244-caball2sunset.jpg

The architectural style has been maintained as a cultural heritage. There are some really cute little corners in this town. There is a small hotel and some casitas for rent from time to time. Or you can stay in a rustic cabin just outside of town. That is, if you’re ready to UNWIND…
CIMG8207-terrace.jpgCIMG8211-terracedog.jpgCIMG8214-grrrrr!.jpg

As for the exotic animals, we did come across several kittens and some peacocks. OK, the peacocks were on the road back to the train station, not in Jubrique proper. They reminded me of my place back in Tampa.
CIMG8265-gatos.jpgCIMG8274-peacocks.jpg

That’s pretty much the story. We’ll be going back again during this 4-month stint. And hopefully my friends will come to visit us in Granada. We’ve got a guest room, so come on down y’all!! I apologize for the lateness of this update, AND for the lack of Granada info at this date. We have been here for just over 2 weeks now, and there’s been some drama. But things are settling down now, and as soon as I get the pics ready for you, you’ll be seeing the Albaycin, some really cool street art, and maybe even some live music… Ole!
CIMG8161-a+j+jubrisign.jpgCIMG8246-rooftopsunset.jpgCIMG8267-j+f+m.jpg

PS - Andrew’s classes are going very well and he is starting to talk trash in spanish, better every day!

ANDREW SEZ:
Si, yo aprendo poca a poco…

School is great, as are the free Tapas in Granada. Stay tuned for more!

…and in other news, click on these two links for an article and segments of an interview I did a few weeks ago, which has been published in the Creative Loafing weekly paper in Tampa. Its with Sameeh Hammoudeh, who was accused of aiding a Palestinian terrorist group, but was found not guilty on all charges after 3 years in jail.

barcelona–(almost) time to rest for a while0

Posted by Jessica in JORDAN, SPAIN (December 2, 2006 at 9:35 am)

CIMG0764 plane facing mecca eng.jpg

Flying out of Jordan, they always let you know what direction to face Mecca. Just in case Im gonna miss the call to prayer, even at 5am.

It seems like sooo long ago we decided to go to Spain, and then we did everything but. Finally we are here. Sort of Catalunya is almost like a different country. But officially, its Spain. Barcelona is a gorgeous city. There are architectural wonders everywhere.

CIMG7596 corner engraving.jpgCIMG7869 top 2 floors of weird building.jpgCIMG7880 4 terraces.jpg

My absolute favorite is the Gaudi cathedral Sagrada Familia.
CIMG7767 sagrada from front.jpgCIMG7664 sagrada from distance.jpgDepending on who you ask, it wont be finished for another 15, 30, or 50 years, but its well worth a visit finished or not. I cant believe this Gaudi guy was designing these things 100 years ago.
CIMG7777 3 flowers.jpgCIMG7774 arch.jpgCIMG7787 nativity front.jpg

We also visited the Park Guell, originally designed by Gaudi to be a village for Barcelonas rich folk. CIMG7682 front of guell.jpgIt never panned out as a development, thank goodness, and now people can chill there anytime, soaking in the crazy rooftops and walking along the organic shapes of the viaducts. I think Dr Seuss must have been inspired by this place.
CIMG7687 j and candyhouse.jpgCIMG7744 columns with plants.jpgCIMG7719 arches of rock columns.jpgCIMG0786 pillars and castle.jpgCIMG0796 pigeons and aloe.jpg

Were staying with Ms Kassandra, her 5-yr old son Aidan, and Ms Guilia. Its a great view from the (almost) top floor we can see the giant castle on top of Mt Tibidabo. Aidan says there is a monster inside, and I hope I dont have to find out if hes right.
CIMG7650 kassandras terrace.jpg

Yesterday was our big day we were responsible for picking Aidan up from school, and getting him fed, bathed, and ready for bed in time for his mama to get home from work. This boy can run you ragged, let me tell you! Hes very considerate too when he comes into the living room in the mornings (where Andrew & I are sleeping), he whispers while playing with his toys, just so we wont be woken up. Nice try, kiddo. Clearly its time to get up.
CIMG7925 j and aiden.jpg

Tonight we will hop on an overnight train for the 12-hour ride to Granada. Andrews classes start on Monday.

ANDREW SEZ:
I am looking forward to classes, just maybe not the early am wakeup. Im making a public pledge here to do a blog post en espanol eventually.

Barcelona was really cool, with art everywhere, old skinny streets, and plazas with benches for chilling on, which I especially appreciate.
CIMG7581 dog cone graffitti.jpgCIMG0768 a climbing lion.jpgCIMG7630 backwards graffitti.jpgCIMG7894 j on bench.jpgCIMG7931 moon and flame.jpg

Extra props to Sarah for putting us up in Paris upon our return. Meanwhile, my radio story about building the radio station in the south of Jordan was on air Friday.
You can listen to it here its the last piece of the show..

Well see you all in the south of Spain
CIMG7818 sky fruit and steeples.jpgCIMG7828 j and a on bridge.jpg