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(Originally posted on: 08-20-10 10:14:23 AM)
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So I've kind of wanted to go to Spain for some time but I'm not sure if the Spain I want to go to even exists or if it's some romanticized thing I've got in my head.

So who's been there and what's it like?
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Reply 1 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-20-10 07:51:48 PM)
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Paging Sukkit to thread.

I've heard parts of Spain are really, really nice. Barcelona, I would imagine, has fantastic culture and whatnot like that, and the Spanish Riviera is supposed to be lovely. I'm sure there are parts of Spain that are a bit questionable, though.
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Reply 2 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-21-10 03:40:10 AM)
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You said "paging Sukkit to thread" but didn't actually do anything. What gives.

I don't know what you think Spain is like, but I wager it's something straight out from Mission: Impossible 2?

Much like in any real country, there's wild differences between different regions of Spain. If in doubt, go to Barcelona, you'll find everything you could possibly want there, no matter what kind of tourist you are.
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Reply 3 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-21-10 08:28:54 AM)
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B A R C E L O N A
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Reply 4 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-21-10 07:49:58 PM)
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Ok nevermind, Barcelona looks like too much lake and not enough stupid American tourist.
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Reply 5 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-21-10 08:02:26 PM)
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Make sure you guys use the horizontal scrollbar to see the whole photo okay vissario
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Reply 6 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-22-10 07:07:34 AM)
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How about your horizontal scroll my fist up your ass.

On topic, I hear the Moorish architecture in the south (like the Alhambra) is very nice.
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Reply 7 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-23-10 09:08:42 AM)
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I'm thinking like Hemmingway's Spain. Lots of fishing and cool people.

Oh, minus the fascists of course (I hear Franco died).
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Reply 8 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-24-10 12:11:25 AM)
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Spain is great. I think southern Spain is the best but I also like Northern Spain, Eastern Spain, and Central Spain. I've never been to Western Spain.
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Reply 9 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-24-10 04:53:01 PM)
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We call that "Portugal."
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Reply 10 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-25-10 12:09:54 AM)
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well then western spain is rad too
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Reply 11 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-25-10 12:10:17 AM)
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I was more thinking like Léon though
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Reply 12 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-25-10 02:44:38 AM)
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Oh yeah, León is nice (I think; I've never actually stopped there, just drove past it), the cathedral is awesome. There's also Salamanca, which has some beautiful architecture and great parties (it's full of university students). And if you count Galicia as Western Spain rather than Northern Spain, it is very nice too. You have Santiago de Compostela for the cathedral and stuff like that, but also the whole countryside is great for a more rural and folksy experience. It's very beautiful.
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Reply 13 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-25-10 04:02:56 PM)
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pardon my accent!!!
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Reply 14 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-25-10 04:31:13 PM)
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It's OK. You botched an accent, but I lied about driving past León. I can't drive. I was on the passenger's seat. :\
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Reply 15 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-29-10 07:20:40 AM)
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So I wanted to respond seriously to this thread. But I guess the question is the same as in Amphy's thread, like, what are you interested in doing? I guess probably not drinking calimochos in the street or going to clubs, right?
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Reply 16 of 29 (Originally posted on: 08-30-10 09:32:10 AM)
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I guess my interests are similar to Amphy's though I'm more outdoorsy. I love good liquor but I'm not a huge fan of clubbing.

Does that help at all? It's hard to rate specific things because I really enjoy experiencing a place more than all the other stuff. People watching is big for me as is hanging out and drinking coffee or booze (depending on time of day) and enjoying the weather.

I also really like art museums but only if they're really good. I'm not a big fan of the kitchy stuff (though that's more of an American tourism thing I guess).
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Reply 17 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-01-10 03:11:52 PM)
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Well Barcelona is basically a perfect city for whatever anyone's looking for, it's really one of the best in Europe, so I would definitely recommend that.

If you're looking to eat, you should go to the southern coast and gorge on random weird shellfish and awesome cured ham. They really do it right down there. It's also a great place to sit around, drink 35 cent espressos and just watch people going by. Spain has a much more community oriented culture than in America, there are a lot of plazas all over the city and on the weekends they fill up with kids playing soccer, grandmas gossiping, etc etc. I visited Sevilla, Cadiz, and a small town called San Lucar on the mouth of the Guadalquivir, and it was really great. great food, great friendly people, and really nice cities to just go around in. It reminded me a lot of Mexico actually, much more than Madrid or Barcelona which felt more European.

I don't really know that much about hiking in Spain but I guess probably northern Spain would be better for that.
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Reply 18 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-01-10 03:27:46 PM)
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Good endorsement. I wanna go now more than ever.
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Reply 19 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-01-10 04:27:53 PM)
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Quoted from #1 Stunna:
Well Barcelona is basically a perfect city for whatever anyone's looking for, it's really one of the best in Europe, so I would definitely recommend that.

This is totally random/off topic, but by any chance do you know (or sukkit) if the book The Shadow of the Wind has had any affect on the tourism industry in Barcelona? I've read reports that Bali has become some ridiculous haven for older women seraching for inner meaning a la Eat Pray Love and I'm wondering if Barcelona has seen any similar phenomenon.
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Reply 20 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-02-10 04:22:59 AM)
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No idea. I only know you're supposed to hate that guy because he's apparently a shitty mainstream writer.
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Reply 21 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-02-10 07:15:06 PM)
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I'm halfway though it now (reading it for a book club) and I think it's fantastic. But then I hate The Catcher in the Rye so maybe it's sort of like that. Or maybe it's because I'm a stupid American tourist.
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Reply 22 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-02-10 08:53:19 PM)
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How do you hate the Catcher In the Rye?

I mean, I can understand thinking its overrated (it is) but hating it?
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Reply 23 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-02-10 10:47:44 PM)
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This isn't the thread for it but it has been discussed before. (sorry, I just don't want to derail more than necessary)
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Reply 24 of 29 (Originally posted on: 09-05-10 11:09:24 AM)
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Huh. I actually posted in that thread.

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