Monday Travel Update – Elche to Granada Edition

Posted: September 10, 2012    Categories: Travel

The Palm Forest of Elche, Spain

The Palm Forest of Elche, Spain

The last week was a series of travel mishaps.

It started on my flight from Denver to Newark. The flight was delayed because of weather and I ended up missing my flight to Barcelona. I ended up staying at the Newark Airport overnight and got the next day’s Barcelona flight. However, I ended up having to fly in the middle seat next to a guy who was probably the son of Andre the Giant.

Once in Barcelona I took the train to Valencia with seconds to spare and got about 1 hour of sleep. My friend Joantxo from Valencia tourism picked me up and drove me to the palm tree city of Elche. I was in Elche 2 years ago but only for one night. I was able to stay longer this time and see more of this very unique city. It literally has the largest palm forest in Europe and was originally created by Arabs who lived there around the year 700.

This morning I got a rental car and headed to Granada via the towns of Ubeda and Baeza to visit my 183rd UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a several hour detour for something which, to be really honest, wasn’t worth the several hour detour.

I’m in Grenada now where I found out I left my European power adaptor in my hotel last night. I purchased one tonight that had a built in voltage transformer (the only one they carried) and it died within 15 minutes of plugging it in.

I might be screwed with interent for a while.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting the Alhambra here in Granada and then heading to Cordova the day after before arriving in Seville.

My goal is to make it to the Spanish city of Ceuta which is actually on the continent of Africa, bordering Morocco. If I can make it there, I will have visited all 7 continents in 2012!

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G Adventures I was at the G Adventure’s Base Camp in Toronto this week meeting with some of the team there and I got a sneak peek at some big news they will be announcing in the next few weeks. Until then, last week I gave you a list of the 5 G Adventure trips I wanted to go on. Here are the 5 from my assistant Amy and her reasons. They are quite different from mine:

  • Golden Ring of Russia – Since I was a little girl, I’ve had a fascination with Russian history and culture and have been daydreaming about the places in this tour. If this list were only one entry long, this is the tour that would be on it.
  • Cuba Colonial – This is a beautiful tour, mixing modern and historical Cuba by immersing you in the locale. While I don’t know when this tour would be available to me legally, it still has to be on the list.
  • Ultimate Italy – It’s hard to decide where to go first in Italy, which is why this all-encompassing tour made the list. It takes you through all the places I would immediately want to go upon arrival in Italy.
  • China/Tibet Cultural Journey – This tour takes you into the heart of Chinese and Tibetan history, culture and religion. It would be an intensely powerful journey.
  • Backroads of Japan – Travelers have been known to be disappointed with destinations because they are too “touristy”. This tour of Japan takes the backroads to traditional villages and may be one of the best ways to get an “authentic” experience in Japan.

Scottevest You know Scottevest is all about the pockets and the way it integrates technology like no other clothing on the market. What you probably don’t know is just how versatile it is. In just the last few weeks I’ve gone from the heat of the Yucatan in Mexico to Northern Canada to the temperate climate of Europe. I did it all wearing my Scottevest gear. My pants can covert to shorts, my jacket can cover to a vest and I can easily layer everything as well. In northern Manitoba I had on my short sleeve t-shirt, q-zip long sleeve t-shirt, button down shirt and my Fleece 5.0.

With the exception of going to Antarctica, (where I brought my Scottevest Revolution jacket) I’m able to go almost anywhere in the world in almost any climate without having to worry about my wardrobe.

In other news, the Scottevest Molly Jacket was featured on the Today Show. It is Amy’s favorite jacket.

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