Death Valley—Day 2

  Starting the day in the ghost town of Rhyolite…

 

Salt Creek… fish in the desert!

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Mesquite Dunes…

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Barefoot in the rain in the desert!

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Lunch—last stop in the park…

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Driving home…

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Day 18—Vancouver to Seattle

Rainy and misty morning in Vancouver checking out the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Canyon and skywalk…

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Tree canopy walk (smaller suspension bridges):

Extension onto the lake, carved into a fallen tree trunk…

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After an awesome lunch in Vancouver (Pinche Taco Shop), drove through the city and finally back across the border to Washington!

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So nice to be in Seattle!! :D

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Day 13—Lake Louise

Arriving early, to start the Plain of Six Glaciers hike…

Victoria Glacier…

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Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House!

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Avalanche!

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Walking toward the Lake Agnes tea house…

Made it to 1200 ft above Lake Louise (7000 ft elev), to the oldest tea house in Canada!

Gluten-free brownie…!

Mirror Lake and Big Beehive!

OMG imperial units in Canada!

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Descending back down to the Chateau Lake Louise…

Icelandic poppies…

Enjoying a dinner with a view…

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Lake Moraine at dusk…

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Driving back to camp at Johnston Canyon…

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Day 5—Dayton, Palouse Falls, Driving to Montana

Exploring the Dayton Depot…

Visiting Palouse Falls, the Washington state waterfall!

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Ran into Garrett in Spokane!  What a surprise!

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Entering the Idaho panhandle!

Entering Montana!

Made it to Quinn’s Hot Springs!

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Vienna Highlights

Joining in the Vienna coffee house culture

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Getting distracted in a chocolate shop on our way to the Naschmarkt

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Roaming Vienna’s largest outdoor market…

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Vinegars…!

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Secession Building (architecture exhibits)…

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St. Charles’s Church in the background… behind yet another café…

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Vienna State Opera house… by day…

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Monument Against War and Fascism, in Albertinaplatz

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Pit stop at the Swarovski store for my mom…

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Some of this stuff is so far beyond my financial comprehension…

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Back at the apartment… finished our chocolate puzzle!

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Christiane’s famous spaghetti and meatballs!
(and gluten free what a treat!)

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Bubble Tea in Vienna?!?!!

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State Opera house by night.  Going to see the Nutcracker!

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Such a beautiful building…

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…and great show!

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Getting a feel for Vienna by night…

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Königssee and Salzburg

Waking up in Großgmain (Austria)!

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View of the Berchtesgaden Alps from our balcony!

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Taking the ferry across Königssee, the third deepest lake in Germany…

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…to St. Bartolomä
…a peninsula on Königssee Lake, surrounded on 3 sides by the Alps…

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Animal feeding house…

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Ferry house!

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Drove to Salzburg (Austria) to check out the Hohensalzburg fortress…

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After climbing hundreds of steps, and starting to explore the fortress,
got some awesome views over the city.  :)

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Salzburger-Dom Cathedral…
…where they were celebrating a change of the Archbishop…

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A sizeable Nockerl (specialty of Salzburg) at Cafe Mozart…

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Ravensburg to Grossgmain

Waking up in the Black Forest (Germany)!

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Personal breakfast set-up!

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On the road toward Salzburg (Austria)!

Train bridges!

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Detour to Ravensburg (home of Ravensburger Puzzles)!

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Accidentally ended up at the closed Ravensburg-land… oops!

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Finally found the town!
So many towers!

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THE tower?

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Found the puzzles!

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That’s a 32,000 piece puzzle…!

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Stopped for “coffee,” and ended up eating a full meal…

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Vegetable curry!!!

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Got a little distracted by the playground while walking back to the car…

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Back on the road—headed toward Salzburg!

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Alps!

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Stopping for the night in Großgmain, a tiny town 45 minutes from Salzburg.

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Happy campers in Hotel Vötterl!

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Eguisheim & Schwarzwald

Leaving Switzerland for a late afternoon at the Christmas market in France…

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Love the countryside here…

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(I also love construction!)

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Did they intentionally paint their houses in ROYGBV order?!

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In Eguisheim!

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After saying goodbye to Chris and Jacqueline, driving back into Germany…
(from the blackness of France, according to our GPS)

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Found a really cute brewery-guesthouse in the Black Forest!

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Brauerei Rogg’s winter brew…
(served with cinnamon on top!)

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Also their blue flaming rum shot… :P

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And bright pink floral suite.  :)

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Driving southwest from Munich to Rodorsdorf (Switzerland) – made a stop in Hohenschwangau to see the Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau)

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The hiking path of ice… up to Neuschwanstein…

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Made it to the viewing bridge!

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..to the castle!…

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Made it to Chris and Jacqueline’s in Rodorsdorf for pasta with Christiane’s homemade pasta sauce and meatballs!

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Exploring Munich

Day 1 wandering and observations…

Happened upon Asamkirche (Asam Church)

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…some unique imagery for a church…

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…more wandering…

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…more construction!…

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Marienplatz…

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…Asians and their devices…

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Viktuals Market…

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Christmas Market finally open (Marienplatz)…

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…architectural synthesis…

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…the Hofbräuhaus….

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…more wandering!…

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For Erik…

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Road Trip Day 4!!—Solvang

Waking up in a yurt on Lake Cachuma…!

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Stopping by the Nature Center…

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In Solvang for the day…

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(The chocolate super melted btw…)

Back to the lake…

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Getting out of the wind with some cribbage and fancy
re-solidified chocolate…

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Seattle—Day 3!

If you ever go to Seattle… the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit
is a MUST-SEE in my opinion!

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Went up to the top of the Space Needle…

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Hung out on the rooftop bar of the Red Lion Hotel…

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Got to see the Mariners play at Safeco field.
Look at that retractable roof!!

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Seattle—Day 2!

What a beautiful day.  :)
Lunch with Dan and Henning at Gas Works!

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Relaxing at the Fremont Brewing Company

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The Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge…

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Nice surprises around the Univ of Washington campus…
(check out the clear view of Mount Rainier!  …and the boba outfit!)

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Walking Around Campus

Was in a weird mood today, and decided to walk home.  Doing so nicely lends to stopping to take in the sights (sites?) and sounds of campus.

Hoover Tower

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Space Lace by Linda Fleming

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Encina Commons, en route to Toyon

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Toyon Hall.  Kickback.

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What used to be the Stanford/Toyon Eating Clubs!
Will update when I find out what the future brings for this space.

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Walking Home

I’m thankful for – Day #3 – The Stanford campus.

As much as I bitch and moan about “The Bubble” (my interest in avoiding Stanford actually goes much further back)… I couldn’t be a luckier person, with all the great people and experiences that Stanford has allowed me over the years.  Studying abroad, meeting some BFFs, working at the hospital, living in Abrams, jujitsu, Henning!

So lucky indeed.  <3

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Venice—Day 1

What a cool city.  For the most part, I’m going to try to let the photos speak for themselves.  :)

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Look at the water level!

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(Piazza San Marco) St. Mark’s Square..

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Bridge of Sighs…

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Dessert menu at Osteria Oliva Nera.

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Hands down the best tiramisu I’ve ever had…

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Gondola by night…

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Venice vaporetto (water bus) back toward the cruise ships…

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Wet and freezing!

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Dubrovnik

We woke up this morning off the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Yes, it is as beautiful as we’ve heard it would be…!

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Henning and I went on a morning bike ride in the Konavle region (~south east tip of Croatia)… it was a true treat.

Our biking guide Anna…

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…fresh water and some old mills…

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…wine country…

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…Franciscan monastery…

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…our bike group…

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…looking toward the Montenegro border…

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…wandering the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik…

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…lunch with the Louies overlooking the water…

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My parents and Auntie Yuen were able to visit the nearby island of Lokrum, which is a nature reserve.

For those interested in bridges…

…back in Old Town…

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Pompeii

Henning and I have really been looking forward to visiting Pompeii.  We decided to make the trek from Naples to Pompeii our own…

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…after nearly getting run over by traffic a few times, we managed to each incur a 40-euro fine on the light rail…
(the transit authority thankfully only wrote us one…)

…and finally made it to the main train station!

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…long hot (no AC) train ride…

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…passing Vesuvius…

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…we’ve made it to Pompeii!!…

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Pompeii was buried under ash from a Mt. Vesuvius eruption almost 2000 years ago.  Many of the buildings, structures, objects and art were well-preserved under the ash, and have since been excavated.

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…bath house…

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…frescoes…

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…homes…

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…taverns…

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…lead pipes…

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…fountains…

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…I know this is kind of creepy… but even people and dogs were preserved to some degree…

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The rest of the family went to Sorrento, where they got to try some wines, meats and cheeses and see the farm they were made on…

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Rome

I wish we could have spent a lot more time here in Rome… but I’ll of course take what I can get.

I didn’t even try to pick one photo from Rome… because who knows if I’ll ever get to come back here…

I also won’t go into all of the fascinating history of the various buildings and structures… but if it interests you, I definitely recommend a few Google/Wiki searches…

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…Arch of Constantine and Palatine Hilll…

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…Temple of Venus…

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…the kids on the Spanish Steps…

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…it was really hot…

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…walking around.  We didn’t eat any of these places, but very picturesque…

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…the Pantheon was one of my favorite buildings…
so unreal, and an engineering marvel…

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…obelisks with hieroglyphs!…

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…St. Peters Square (Vatican City)

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…subway and train back to port…

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My parents and Aunt Yuen took a different route for the day, and here are some of their photos… (my mom is much more talented than I)

…Arch of Constantine…

…Colosseum…

…Trevi Fountain…

…St. Peter’s Basilica…

…we could have spent hours here…

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Barcelona—Day 2

I just couldn’t pick, sorry…  The good photos are courtesy my mom.

A morning run with Steve… and construction… it’s a good day already.

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“Tolerance and patience… are much deeper and more effective than mere indifference.” –Dalai Lama

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…La Boqueria Market…

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…pimientos de padron…

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…tour around town…

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…Olympic Park on Montjuic Hill…

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…first time in the Mediterranean Sea!…

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…fridges!…

…mopeds!…

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…stopping to listen to musicians play… nostalgia…

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…hidden courtyards…

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…dinner by the beach with the whole family…

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…classic…

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…oh, the classy and classic doesn’t end…

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<3

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