Archive for the ‘Just Having Fun’ Category

Casa da Musica

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

June 14, 2009

Architect: Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Date: 2004

Location: Porto, Portugal

The Casa da Musica was built as part of Porto’s European Culture Capital year in 2001.

Casa da Musica

Casa da Musica

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Fair food!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

June 13 & 14, 2009

Usually we would try to do different meals every night but what we found in Porto was so great that we needed to go a second time for dinner.  Just down the street from our hostel was a small fair that had just a few booths.  The first night I had some sort of steak sandwich which was really good but what really looked awesome is what other people ordered.  They had a sandwich which starts with a fried piece of chicken covered with ham and melted cheese.  That was then topped with a bunch of stuff including these potato stick like things.  Finally they used these udder-like things to put the condiments on.  The next night when we went back I got one and it was one of the best meals of the trip.

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Festival of Santo Antonio

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

June 12, 2009

We ended up being in Lisbon on the night of the biggest party of the year, The Festival of Santo Antonio.  After having some really good homemade pizza at the hostel we headed out to the party.  Many streets were shut down with people filling where cars and the trolleys we were going to take to the castle are usually.  We went and spent time wandering around and had some cotton candy and other random snacks.

Expo ’92: Welcome to a Sci-Fi Movie

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Sevilla held a World’s Fair type World’s Fair type Expo in 1992 and then had no idea what to do with their exposition halls.  What follows is a photo story, with minor narration, of what has happened with the grounds of the Expo ’92 in Sevilla.

Bridge over what used to be a river with Pavilion of the Future

Bridge over what used to be a river with Pavilion of the Future

This is the sight you see as you enter the old fairgrounds after crossing the Puente de la Barqueta.

Pavilion of the Future

Pavilion of the Future

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Best Day of the Trip: Toledo

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

June 4, 2009

In what is easily the best day of the trip we made our way to Toledo.  Again we started our day in Atoch Station but instead of getting on a regular train we got on to a high speed train.  I have for a long time liked the idea of a high speed train network and this was the first time I have been on a high speed train.  The high speed train was very nice and found the ride smooth.  We made it to Toledo in a half-hour versus the hour it takes to drive it in a car.

Upon arrival in Toledo we started the walk to the old city which sits up on a hill above the surrounding area.

Toledo from below

Toledo from below

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Madrid, A day at the playground

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

May 31, 2009

Although not the entire day was spent at the playground we sent a few hours playing on the playground in Plaza Tirso de Molina.  They had some great jungle gym items I had not seen before but I was slightly disappointed at the lack of swings.  Other than that we took it relatively easy in order to prepare for the start of classes the next day.

Madrid, Day 1

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

May 30, 2009

The first day we had in Madrid was spent wandering around but first we went over to another hostel to meet Tyler to go and get phones but ended up waiting for a little while until all of a sudden I heard someone calling, “Jake, Aric” and we looked up and at the same time both said “Joe?”  who was leaning out his window.   I was extremely excited because I have never had a conversation with someone who was leaning out a window.  This started the day where we wandered around and ended up at the nearby plaza Sol where we ended up getting phones.  We headed back to Las Musas before setting out again.  On the way out this time we noticed a building that pretty much looked like any other building except the facade was an Escher print.

M.C. Escher Building

M.C. Escher Building

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