Spain Expedition

Our First Trip to a Historic Country


  Last Update: 20170423

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  A nice pass witnessed at the Plaza del Toros in Madrid.
Sony A7RM2: 1/500 sec, ISO 100, 70mm (crop) at f/8
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The Trip

Spain has been "on my list" for a very long time and the opportunity arose, so we jumped at the chance to head off for a few weeks with Kathleen and my buddy Steve.  We decided that the best way to attack the jet lag that comes with 9 time zones was to stop along the way.  Neither Kathleen, Steve nor I had been to Miami so we planned to stop there for a couple of days on our way to Madrid.  The plan for Spain was thus: travel to Madrid for about a week and explore the center of the country via the Spanish rail system.  Then travel to Barcelona via rail and stay there for a few days.  From Barcelona, we would rent a car and head down the coast toward Gibraltar and Seville and then back to Madrid. 

Tracking Our Location Via The SPOT

Some years ago, after a scary mechanical failure in the canyons and mesas of southern Utah, we decided that we need a better way to advertise our position and call for assistance if needed.  Kathleen found out about the SPOT which is a GPS locator that transmits your coordinates via satellite so that others can see your location.  The location is plotted on Google maps and a "bread crumb" feature is available for an additional fee.  We have the enhanced service, so you can see our historical path back 50 updates or so.  See our current location plotted on Google Maps in Real-Time via SPOT satellite geo-locator device.  This page is "book-markable" and is updated approximately every 15 minutes, but may miss updates due to inability of our transmitter to reach the satellite.  The communication is "open loop" so the device never knows if it's messages are actually going anywhere, it just keeps trying until the next update is available.  If we are in a congested urban area with high buildings (like Manhattan) or in deep canyons, the position may not update.  We try to send an "OK" message once a day just to let everyone know that we are, in fact, OK.  Given that London as well as other remote areas has many obstacles (like mountains), it is not clear how well this capability will perform.

Connecting and Contacting Us While on the Trip

Because of internet connectivity issues on a previous trip, we purchased a MiFi cell phone modem that allows us to connect nearly anywhere there is at least 3G service via cell phone (which is most of the cell phone service area available today).  But, as we all know, cell phones are useful many places, but not everywhere has coverage, particularly in the remote areas of the country and outlying territories.  Our phones and the modem are enabled daily so you may contact us, although it may take a few days for us to respond.  But, we will respond.  My email, spelled out, is "bcaid at yahoo dot com".

Trip Details

The link table below contains links to the photos and dialog for each of the days of the expedition.  This table will be updated as the trip progresses.

Links to Daily Adventures
Part Dates Adventure Locations
Miami Day 1
Miami Day 2: Gay Pride Parade
Miami Day 3 and Madrid Day 1
Madrid Day 2: Royal Palace
Madrid Day 3: Museo Thyssen and Museo Prado
Madrid Day 4: Day Trip to Segovia (A)
Madrid Day 4: Day Trip to Segovia (B)
Madrid Day 5: Reina Sofia Museum and Retiro Park
Madrid Day 6: MC Escher and Plaza del Toros  Warning: Explicit Photos
Madrid-Barcelona and Barcelona Day 1
Barcelona Day 2
Tibidabo and Castell D'Emporda
Parador Tortosa
Parador Alarcron
Alarcron, Jaen and Granada Day 1


Conclusions and Advice to Travelers

This is an interim update and the trip is still in progress, but stay tuned for opinions about the trip.


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