Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
We have reached the beautiful Costa de la Luz and the end of our journey. Twenty one days has traveled by quickly. The students are ready to eat hamburgers and taco bell. I will be satisfied with a good Lupe Tortilla fajita...beef. I have not had beef in three weeks. Lots of ham. Lots of ham...one day I accidentally selected a pastry (it looked so good) that had sugar and little chunks on top. Silly me, I thought those chunks were pecans...but no they were little pieces of ham. So ham may not be on my list right away.
Friday, July 3, 2009
After a wonderful stop in Cordova at the centuries old muslim mosque converted to Catherdral we arrived in Seville. Our accomodations were upgraded from hostel to 4 star hotel. It is nice but our friendly hostel in Grananda still is first place for me.
We roamed around the HOT city (109 degrees) when we first arrived and then went in for siesta to wait for the air to get a little cooler. Even at 8 when we went out it was still very hot. We stopped for an early dinner and then walked over to the Seville catherdral square. Lots going on there with outside cafes, helado shops, street vendors and outdoor musicians.
The next morning at 9 we met with a city guide that took us around the neighborhood and guided us throught the catherdral and royal palace. Guide was great and very personable.
The highlight of the day was going to eat dinner at the Texas Lone Star Saloon restaurant. Everyone is starved for some food from home. We took our chances and decided to give it a try. Several kids had ordered hamburgers during the trip only to get a plate of fried looking spam meat. They were brave again and this time were pleased to get burgers that resemble what we typically get in the states. I had a chicken taco that was fairly similar. The service was soooo slow. One brand new cook and 20 different orders. The first group of burgers came out and 1 1/2 hours later my taco came out. Pam took the ones that were finished outside to take "blue hour" photos. That is the time of the day when it is getting dark but when you leave a long exposure on your camera you will get a blue sky...makes for a beautiful photo. Despite the slow service the kids were thrilled with their meal and many bought souvenirs t-shirts of the place.
Today we went on a scenic river boat ride around the city. We are having siesta now and then going to a flamenco show later.
We leave for Cadiz in the morning. We are planning a day on the beach to celebrate the 4th.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We have been in this beautiful city for one week today. I would have never guessed the things that we would see or do. We started with five very hectic days with Tino Soriano, the National Geographic photographer. His use of color is brilliant. The students interacted so well with him and you could see he was making a difference with their work. We walked the city with him, went to the science park, and photographed a flamenco session under his guidance. When he left there was a definite sadness in the air. The kids lined up to hug him goodbye. He gently placed besos on each girls cheek and shook hands and patted the boys on the shoulder. You could feel the connection.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Spain 2009 Itinerary
June 16: Fly from Houston International Airport, on Air France flight #33 to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, connecting to Air France flight #1400 to Madrid.
June 17 – 21: Hostal Nuria, Madrid C/ Fuencarral, 5229004 Madrid, Spain
Your National Geographic Student Expedition leaders will meet you this morning upon your arrival in Madrid. During our orientation, we'll get acquainted as a group and explore Madrid. Begin working in photography teams. Visit the city’s lively neighborhoods and examine museums such as the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofía, and Casa Sorolla. Have a picnic lunch in the Parque del Buen Retiro, and a take a rowboat ride on the lake for views of the grand monuments and parklands.
June 21 – July 1: Hostal Costa Azul, Granada
C/ Rosario, 5
18001 Granada, Spain
Ride the train to Granada. Here, we’ll spend the days exploring this lively Andalusian city and the surrounding countryside with cameras in hand. See the tombs of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in the Renaissance cathedral. Take the back road up to the Alhambra, and visit the gravity-powered fountains of the Generalife gardens. Visit nearby sites of interest such as Córdoba, Ubeda, the Sierra Nevada and the hamlets of the Alpujarras. National Geographic expert Tino Soriano will join the group during this portion of the trip.
July 1 – 4: Hotel Fernando III, Sevilla
C/ San José, 21
In Sevilla, continuing to work in photography teams, we’ll visit the old Jewish quarter of Barrio de Santa Cruz as well as historical sites such as the cathedral, the Giralda tower, and Alcázar. Explore the vast Parque de María Luisa and the ancient Roman city of Itálica.
July 4 – 6: Hotel Monte Puertatierra, Cádiz
Avda. de Andalucía, 34
E-11008 Cádiz, Spain
The program concludes in the lively seaside city of Cádiz. Sample delicious seafood in sidewalk cafés. Explore the rich maritime history of the city. Swim or relax on the sparkling beaches of Costa de la Luz. The final nights feature presentations of photography projects.
July 6: Fly Málaga-Paris-Houston via Air France flight #2631 connecting to flight #36, arriving at the International Arrivals area at Houston International Airport at 1:55 PM local time.
Mail should be sent via airmail, c/o National Geographic Student Expeditions, where mailing addresses are indicated. Please allow at least 10 days for delivery of mail to Spain.