Posts Tagged ‘bus’

Estacao de Oriente

Monday, August 10th, 2009

June 12, 2009

Architect: Santiago Calatrava

Date: 1998

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

We arrived in the Estacao de Oriente from Merida and this was the first visit to the building.  The building definitely has an interesting look but once you start to use the building you realize that it does not work.

Estacao de Oriente

Estacao de Oriente

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I just started to understand some Spanish!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

June 11, 2009

Just when I was starting to understand some Spanish we go to Portugal.  We got on a bus that took us from Merida, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal.  Not once crossing the border between the two countries did we have to show our passport because in the European Union you are free to move between countries unlike earlier where we would have had to go through a customs checkpoint.  We then arrived in Lisbon and I once again was totally without any clue as to communicating.  The one nice part was that more people in Portugal spoke English than in Spain.  We came into the Santiago Calatrava designed Estacao de Oriente.

Estacao de Oriente

Estacao de Oriente

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We need to be at the top of that other hill!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

June 10, 2009

After the morning in Sevilla we got on the bus and headed to Merida.  The ride to Merida was the first bus we took and I must say that I prefer the trains to the buses.  When we arrived in Merida we started to walk to where the Google Map showed the hotel to be.  We got there and there appeared to be no hotel and we were just a little confused.  Then we figured out that we were on the other side of the city from where we were supposed to be.

Merida Map

Merida Map

Luckily we were not in a hurry to get there so we were able to walk there and still have time for dinner.  Probably the worst part of this whole ordeal is that we knew the hotel had a pool so we were all looking forward to jumping in a cooling off.  Well when we got there they said that their pool was closed and did not open until the 15th.  What luck!