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I'm going to Spain!

Discussion in 'The Campfire' started by ThinkTink, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. ThinkTink

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    Gabriella was invited by her Spanish teacher, to join a group of kids from his Spanish classes, to go to Spain for 10 days. The invite extends to the children's families as well. DH and I decided for me to go as well.

    We are going through EF Tours. Here's the itenerary that we will be following:


    Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain

    Day 2: Madrid
    Take a walking tour of Madrid Visit the Prado

    Day 3: Madrid
    1. Take a guided tour of Madrid
    2. Puerto del Sol
    3. Plaza Mayor
    4. Plaza de Oriente
    5. Visit the Royal Palace
    Day 4: Toledo • Consuegra • Granada
    1. Travel to Toledo
    2. Take a guided tour of Toledo
    3. Visit the Toledo Cathedral
    4. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé
    5. Visit a synagogue
    6. Travel to Consuegra
    7. See Don Quixote's windmills
    8. Continue on to Granada
    Day 5: Granada • Costa del Sol
    1. Take a guided tour of Granada
    2. Visit the Alhambra
    3. Travel to the Costa del Sol
    Day 6: Costa del Sol
    1. Enjoy a free day on the Costa del Sol
    Day 7: Seville
    1. Travel to Seville
    2. Take a guided tour of Seville
    3. With your expert local guide you will see:
    4. Barrio de Santa Cruz
    5. Visit the Seville Alcázar
    6. Visit the Seville Cathedral
    7. Take a walking tour of Seville
    8. With your tour director you will see:
    9. Giralda Tower
    10. Torre del Oro
    11. Plaza de Toros
    Day 8: Córdoba • Madrid
    1. Travel to Córdoba
    2. Visit the Mezquita
    3. Continue on to Madrid
    Day 9: Madrid
    1. Enjoy a free day in Madrid
    Day 10: Depart for home


    The main reason for me going is because I have a 'Spanish family' that lives in Madrid. When I was in high school my family participated in a student-exchange program. Lorena (my Spanish sister) came and stayed with us for about a month. Her sister came and stayed with another family - but we had her come stay with us and her sister for about a week (her family was the pits and NO FUN). The following 3 years BOTH girls came back and stayed most of the summer. Lorena was in our wedding. I've NEVER been able to go over there to meet her parents, cousins, grandparents, etc. Now that we girls have grown up we all three have kids.....whom I've never met either. I've gotten permission from G's teacher to be able to see Lorena on the 'free' day in Madrid. I don't know what our plans are yet - just know that I'm FINALLY going to get to meet my entire Spanish family :excited:!!!!
     
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    Wow, FANTASTIC. I've only been to Madrid and the Costa del Sol. Are your meals included?
     
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    Yes. Flights, transportation (including riding the bullet train), admission to all of those places and breakfast/dinner is included. :D

    I've been to Mexico before, that's the only foreign country. We have to get passports made, but I'm waiting for Gabriella to get her braces off first.

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    Wonderful! :)
    Never been to mainland Spain, only got as far as Tenerife but i'd love to see the likes of Barcelona or Madrid some day.
    Sounds like a busy 10 days you got there.
     
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    Sounds fab! I've been to many places in Spain but never Madrid. We used to have a place on the Costa Del Sol. :sun:
     
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    I'm concerned about getting my camera equipment over. I refuse to check it. Not sure if it will be too much to carry on.

    I've volunteered to be the groups unofficial photographer :D.

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    How much camera equipment are you talking about Brig? If you and Gabriela share the hand luggage I can't see it being a real problem.
     
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    All of it :lol:. I'll have my camera, flash, multiple lenses, tripod. I have a giant bag that all BUT the tripod will fit in. That may have to go in my suitcase, but then I lose about 10lbs worth of clothing weight.

    They give us all matching backpacks, so I'm assuming that will be a carry on as well. I can't tell by looking at the airline site if we can have 2 carry on items. I have a long time to plan this out. We're not going until NEXT June :lol:.

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    That sounds fantastic! It will be so great to see your spanish 'sister' andmeet her children finally :)
     
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    What a great trip!

    You'll love it - the Costa del Sol is fabulous (and great weather too!) I've never been to Madrid though so can't tell you anything about that.
     
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    Sounds fantastic Brig! You'll have a fabulous time - how great you get to meet your "Spanish family" too :)

    I think your camera equipment should be no problem - DF takes his camera, multiple lenses and flashes and he's fine when flying across the pond. He does put the tripod in checked luggage though :thumbs:
     
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    What airline, do you know? I assume from your neck of the woods that it might be Delta?
     
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    What a treat!! Great photo op for you too brig!
     
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    Sounds like a fab trip, Brig . I haven't been to Madrid but loved a short break to Barcelona a few years back. How lovely that you can meet up with family too :)
     
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    Super Awesome ! :clap:
     
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    Sounds fab! :excited:
     
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    Last time they flew Luftsana. That's the page I've been looking at - problem is I don't know what 'class' we'll fly. I'm assuming economy. If that's the case you're only allowed 1 bag and 1 carry-on. Houston, we'll have a problem! I won't know until much closer to time what the details will be. I don't know where we're staying or what sorts of food we're eating.......yet. Being a compulsive trip planner, I don't like that I have zero ideas what is going to happen, except where we're going to be going.

    That's what I'm hoping for. Jarrod keeps giving me the :tut: and telling me this is Gabriella's trip and I'm not allowed to hold up the group taking pictures.

    How's the weather in Spain? I can only assume in June it's hot, hot, hot. Is it also humid, humid, humid?
     
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    I honestly don't remember what time of year I went to Madrid, but it was late December, early January when I was in the Costa del Sol. The weather in both cases was superb.

    Hopefully you will get to try some Paella while you are there. Also, it is customary for them to eat later in the evening in Spain. Most Spaniards get siesta time during the day so at the end of the work day they go Tosca hopping where they eat a variety of tapas, each different depending upon the Tosca. Then dinner is typically not until 9 or 10 o'clock at night. I'm sure they will cater to the kids though.
     
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    When we were in Barcelona, we ate around 8-8:30, easier to get in but it started getting crowded around 9 in most places. I loved Barcelona - I'd love to go to Madrid.
     
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    sounds fabulous....I wish a class trip around here would go to someplace like that. Most of our class trips are to New York City or Boston. Don't get me wrong they are both cities worth seeing, but they are definitly not Spain :sun:
     

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