Archive for June 30, 2006

Tibidabo – From the latin Tibi (To you) and Dabo (I shall give)

Alex and I took the city bus up to the top of Tibidabo, the top of a mountain here in Barcelona. We hadn’t been up there yet so we dicided to give it a try. It was above 30 C and we though it might be cooler up there. It was. A nice cool and steady breeze kept the body temperature down but you really had to be careful with the sun. The Bus took us part of the way. We had to transfer to a streetcar to bring us up to the base.

Once you arrived at the base, you had to take a funicular to the top. Of course there was always the option of walking all the way to the top from where the city bus let you off. We chose the lazy way. The funicular was the easy way up.

Once up there, we found the church and went inside to explore. It was small compared to the cathedrals we had been visiting but it was also very ornate………..

and very colorful……..

Also up there were carnival rides. We didn’t go on any of them but they were pretty spctacular in the sense of the view.

One of the rides was a real aircraft from 1930. I don’t know if it was really the prop that moved the aircraft but it was definitely pushing some serious air. They even had to reverse the prop when going with the wind. I think it seated about 12 people.

All in all in was a pretty interesting day. We ended up walking all the way home since it was downhill and the area on the way home looked interesting.

June 30, 2006 at 7:34 pm 3 comments

Don’t cry…Argentina!!

Football (soccer for you guys in north america) fever continues at full swing and I have been following the matches with passion and interest. Everyday I discuss the previous match with the security guards and personnel at the archives. Now that Spain is out, they assure me they will root for Brazil.

I must be getting good at this because this morning I asked the security guard what he expected of the match between Argentina and Germany this afternoon. He said Argentina would win. I said, nah… it will be a tie and Germany will win on penalty kicks after an Argentinian side misses his kick. I’m never right at these things but lol and behold, that’s EXACTLY what happened!! Granted, the referee made some controversial decisions in favour of the German team but hey, who cares, Argentina is out. And if Brazil is to lose this cup, I’ll rather that it be against Germany.

June 30, 2006 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Don’t cry…Argentina!!

Football (soccer for you guys in north america) fever continues at full swing and I have been following the matches with passion and interest. Everyday I discuss the previous match with the security guards and personnel at the archives. Now that Spain is out, they assure me they will root for Brazil.

I must be getting good at this because this morning I asked the security guard what he expected of the match between Argentina and Germany this afternoon. He said Argentina would win. I said, nah… it will be a tie and Germany will win on penalty kicks after an Argentinian side misses his kick. I’m never right at these things but lol and behold, that’s EXACTLY what happened!! Granted, the referee made some controversial decisions in favour of the German team but hey, who cares, Argentina is out. And if Brazil is to lose this cup, I’ll rather that it be against Germany.

June 30, 2006 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment


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