between the lands

Jessica and Andrew’s travel journal

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howdy ya’ll - we’re in EGYPT!0

Posted by Jessica in EGYPT, MOROCCO (April 29, 2007 at 3:22 pm)

no time for a real update right now. we just arrived in Cairo Egypt this morning, and tomorrow we embark for a week in the White Desert. we’re on cleanup duty. folks leave A LOT of trash in the desert! (especially toilet paper, i’m told)

anyway, just wanted to say we spent 10 days in MOROCCO - passing thru several major attractions at the speed of light, and now will see some EGYPT.

MOROCCO: Fes, Meknes, Marakesh (all 3 - hammams & souks, souks, souks!), Merzouga (camels, desert, dunes). Wow! amazing pics online next week!

Adios Granada, Adios Espana0

Posted by Andrew in SPAIN (April 19, 2007 at 6:59 am)

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Esta es nuestro ultimo blog de Espana, y debo respectar mi promeso de deciembre.

Nos ponemos triste, no queremos salir de Granada—es una cuidad bonita.

No se por que, pero no tenemos fotos de nuestros companieros de casa Valentin y Daniel. Solo tenemos fotos de Lourdes, la companiera honoraria.
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Muchos Abrazos (y Besos) a Valen y Daniel. Vamos a veros pronto chicos…

He dado cuento que nunca hemos puesto muchos fotos de la casa y barrio. Entonces, aqui es un guia-video. Es en ingles pero con sub-titulos en espanol. (5 minutos)

Tengo mucha verguenza…mi ortografia no es bueno..pero es la culpa de la programa de ordenador, no se como cambiar los errors en los sub-titulos…lo siento a mi Buenos profesor@s de Don quijote!!!!

Por que tenemos demasiado fotos, ya no hemos puesto las de la Alhambra. Para la gente que no sabe, es una palacia del sieglo 12, cuando los arabis(moors) fueron los reyes del sur de espana. Es totalmente incredible. Possibilmente, el mejor ‘crib’ en el mundo.
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Antes de salir de Espana, fuimos a Jubrique una vez mas, donde trahabamos en la finca de Fina, y donde Enrique nos ensenar como construir una murallla con piedras, y sin hormigon. Trabajo dura—seguro!!

Fuimos tambien a Sevilla, por el spectaculo de Semana Santa. Es la semana antes de Pascua(easter), y hay muchisomas processiones con gente en gorros como el Ku Klux Klan, pero en muchos coloroes. Es un simbolo de pentinance???. No tiene nada que ver con el Klan de Estados Unidos – es religioso y no es violento.
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Muchos ‘props’ a Sevilla, que tiene edificios muy decorativos, y a demas ‘props’ a Jaime, quien nos dio su casa (unos dias) y quien fue un guena guia.
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Hemos puesto una semana en Portugal. Mas de esta viaje en un blog que viene!

Hoy por la tarde, vamos a Marruecos. Adios Europa, hasta pronto…
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Fallas = Fires = “fie-yahs”1

Posted by Jessica in SPAIN (April 10, 2007 at 9:19 am)

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Never in my life have I seen so many LITTLE KIDS running around UNSUPERVISED with fireworks and matches. OK, sometimes there was an adult present, but they were just there to re-light fuses with a cigarette if the little ones ran into trouble.
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Every year the beautiful Spanish city of Valencia transforms from a medieval gem of twisting streets into a seething, exploding firepit, with INCREDIBLE fireworks (official & street level), along with giant whimsical sculptures in the streets which are later BURNED to the ground in close proximity to houses, electric supply wires, and treetops.
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And they feed this with giant pans of paella cooked in the streets. It is wild!
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Las Fallas is a Catholic holiday, but we never figured out exactly how. We did see the giant figure of the Virgen in the main square.
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She started out a bit barren, but by the end of the week was completely decked out in flowers, (you could smell them across the square!), all hand-delivered by local Valencian@s who had carried them on foot across the whole city decked out in medieval get-up and very uncomfy-looking shoes.
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Each group had their own marching band. But where do the public burnings fit in…?
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The “Fallas?? are the giant sculptures they work on all year, just to BURN them down in a storm of FIREWORKS and GASOLINE on the night of March 19. They range from a few feet tall to several stories. They are usually ironic, and have little placards explaining the joke. Too bad we couldn’t read them in Valenciano, a northeastern dialect of Spanish.
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We also got to hang out with some Florida friends – Jessica Vaughn + Nilesh, and Mz Zoe + Txema. BIG THANKS to Txema for the use of his flat for a few more days after they went back to work! It was centrally located in the old part of town, which means there was a “quema?? – or street burning – a block away, AND we got to appreciate the 8am “despierta?? (alarm clock) – when lunatic Valencianos roam the streets with a marching band, dropping enormous bangers (fireworks) as they go. I miss you guys! XXXOOOXXXOOO
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Jess, Nilesh, and I (Jessica) took a side trip to visit the Aquarium, located in the Ciudad de las Ciencias, a field of buildings that look like spaceships from the movie Alien.CIMG0414 artcityscape.jpg It was COOL, except for the seals, whales, dolphins, and walruses – they were in tight quarters and grunted that they would really rather be out at sea. But the starfish really didn’t give a crap.
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Andrew finally got me out to a bullfight, or Corrido de Torros. Forget the romantic visions of a Man, a Bull, and the Spanish Sun… It’s 6 or 8 guys who taunt and tease the bull until it’s all tuckered out, and a 2 guys on armoured horses who stabs the bull really deep in the shoulders with a sharp pole. THEN the Matador AKA Mr Fancy-Pants finishes the bull off, sometimes quick and clean, other times messy, long and drawn-out, with the bull screaming. I didn’t like it so much. What’s so wrong with a quick, virtually painless death for food animals?
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ANDREW SEZ: if the pictures haven’t done it for you, click here for a MOVIE I made (7 OR 8 MINUTES LONG) It features a bullfight, day and night time fireworks, a chaotic episode where people were throwing fireworks at police, and of course, the burning of some fallas. Enjoy and remember not to play with fire…unless everybody else is.
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