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Cadiz to Tarifa

Another nice day


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I've worked out how not to wake up with the sun (or the bells). Insert ear plugs and don eye mask, as if on a flight. Works a treat.

I carefully packed some shit clothes for my trip, which included a pair of shorts that last trip needed stitching. They lasted another 14 months, so I have sewing cred, but I spotted a clothes shop last night with bargain shorts, so back this morning - breakfast nearby, then into the shop for some denim shorts for 10 Euro.

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Then back to finish packing and leave my Attico apartment and collect my car from the expensive car park opposite.

It came from upstairs in a lift.

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My GPS was insistent I should drive through the tables and chairs outside a restaurant, so I switched it off until I was out of the tiny streets.

Onwards to Tarifa, past more than 100 wind turbines, which I think are pretty, although they should a turn in unison!

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Approaching Tarifa, I saw a kite beach, so I pulled in. It was Valdevaqueros Beach, probably the main kite beach. There was a camping area with kite hippies, and a couple of people playing with kites, but not enough wind.

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I hung around in case a seabreeze arrived and because I couldn't arrive before 4.00pm.

Driving into town, you can see Africa - it's close.

I had asked about parking near the apartment, not quite realising that there was no room in the street for a car!

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Anyway, I found a free public spot 500m away and there the car is (I hope).

I have gone from the attic to the basement- not quite, but there is an overpowering smell of mould here. I get used to it each time I come in.

It's tiny, but adequate.

A walk around the town and a beer, followed by a reunion with a French kiteboarder I met in St Kilda in 2011.

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More Cadiz

Better than expected

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Today started a bit overcast, with a shower expected.

My first foray for breakfast provided the best coffee so far. Lots of tourists in town.

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I then visited a gym, which turned out to be for women, so back to Google. I found I needed to search for the Spanish word - gimnasio, which produced an excellent and cheap option.

After a shower, I decided to explore more, and get some lunch.

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Lunch at a cafe with a nice aspect and only the occasional vehicle passing inches by my table. The guy with the squeeze-box was ok, but well-played squeeze-boxes are like well played bagpipes- still awful.

It's appropriate to see the layout of old Cadiz - almost an island.

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My walk back along the coast reverd the castle on San Sebastian. Quite spectacular- I felt I should be in armour on a horse, or clapping two coconut halves together like Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail.

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Interesting side note - we learned on out tour in Lisbon that Saint Sebastian was possibly the first gay icon!

Then I went to Caleta Beach to read and look at the sights and get sunburnt.

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Sunset from my apartment.
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Posted by Adamtrumble 13:18 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

Cadiz

The long way

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Post script to last night - I bumped into an Australian in the square near my apartment who shares the same osteo as me!

Up early this morning, at least by Spanish standards.

A quick breakfast and then a 2.3k walk to the train station to collect my hire car. I woke all the people enroute due to cobbles. I'm hoping my wheels will last the trip.

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After checking the car (and finding several scratches Hertz hadn't identified), I was off in my diesel Seat (Spanish) car. It's very good. I rely on the Google GPS, which like last year's trip resulted in some dodgy advice - including one perpetual cloverleaf manouvre. I'd still be doing it if I didn't disobey it.

A couple of other wrong tuurns and a toll-free (less direct) route took me past an amazing edifice.

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Lots of green energy visible...wind and solar.

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I stopped at Cortadura beach (the kite beach). Not enough wind today...and forecast no good for tomorrow).

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My AirBNB apartment is on the roof of a building (79 steps up) and is great (apart from the 79 steps).

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Then a wander around the town, which is lovely (surrounded by water).

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Then to Caleta Beach and the Monument to the Constitution.

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I packed my skates last minute, because I had the space and weight allocation.

Old European cities are not skate friendly, but on my walk around the cliff-top path, I thought I might cope, so I gave it a go.

Occasional stretches of okay paving were interrupted by more stretches of paving designed by teams of skate-hating urban planners.

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These pavers were better when diamond patterned - that just shook my fillings out. When square, the gutters caught my wheels. Occassional marble was just slippery. Anyway, I survived.

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A wander to a tapas place for dinner.

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$4 for an anchovy!

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Onwards to Spain

A long day - becoming two


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Instead of catching a taxi to the bus station this morning, I decided to walk the 2.2k.

The Portugese habit of paving things with stones ensured the occupants of every house I passed were woken by the sound generated by the wheely bag I have.

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Fortunately, the wheels survived the trauma and I arrived in plenty of time to catch my bus.

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The bus actually departed five minutes early, and stopped in a handful of places in the Algarve region, before crossing the river marking the border with Spain, which also meant advancing the time one hour.

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After lunch in the bus terminal cafe, I walked my bags over Spanish cobbles to my AirBNB apartment, which is lovely and modern and roomy for the price. Also brilliantly located in la Alameda.

I walked around the local area, saw a couple dancing (and pashing) to the music of a busker.

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And, most importantly, I've finally seen the Barber of Seville.

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I don't know what all the fuss is about!

I did some washing, and hung it on the roof (at least it isn't outside a window).

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There are no spontaneous showers in this apartment. You have to turn the hot water on and wait 10 minutes.

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I met with Carmen, the best friend of Vicky (a kiteboarding friend from Seville who lives in Melbourne).

Carmen was great. We took a couple of the local bike-scheme bikes and cycled along the river to the Triana and area, where we walked around and had a drink. The bikes appear to be made out of a solid piece of steel - they are super heavy, and have to take the crappy cobblestones.

The local beers are quite small.

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Then we had tapas and some of Carmen's gay friends turned up.

At half-past midnight, the area was crowded and vibrant.

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I got back to the apartment at 1.00am, so no update yesterday.

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I woke at 9.30 (still on Portugese time) and had a pastry and capuccino that was very average. The froth looked like dish-washing foam but tasted slightly better.

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Then a walking tour with a local guide called Eduardo.

We went to some lovely places, with large queues to get into a couple of the key monuments, so I won't see inside them!

14th and 15th century Moorish buildings (often updated by christianity) were not uncommon, with som Roman columns thrown in too! The lattice-work monument was German designed and is made of timber (must be a bugger to maintain).

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The local trams are interesting - they appear to recharge at the stops, as there are no overhead wires on the route.

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The tourist areas are busy, and the buskers are rather good.

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After a break, I walked to see the bull fight arena. It cost to get in and I can't bring myself to support such a brutal activity, so outside only.

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Then to the tower of Gold, and a walk along the river in some light drizzle. There are a lot of people about dressed up (morning dress). I don't know why.

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Returning home past a pastry shop (I've been powered by pastries today).

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Out for tapas at around 8, at a place recommended by my Lagos host. Bar Eslava - great food.

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Guy blowing big bubbles (for hours).

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Wandering around afterwards, around 100 Vespas were off for a ride, and at 10pm, the playground was full of kids.

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Last day in Lagos

Gusty

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This morning I arrived for breakfast at 8.20, 40 minutes too early!

Late breakfasts must be a consequence of late dinners and even later nights out.

I then walked the exciting cliff path again.

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The houses remind me of the ones on the Portsea cliffs, not architecturally, but because they are clearly worth a packet.

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Someone was having their trees trimmed.

There's one point where it's pretty hairy. I was out of my comfort zone, but some people turned back, so I felt brave!

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I then cycled to the kite beach again. The good news was I irnored the GPS and went into the town the way I walk, and then went from there. Probably longer, but quicker, as there were no wrong turns.

I set up all my gear - it was very gusty and I was worried about being over powered. I was right to be worried, as seconds after I started kiting (fully depowered), my kite inverted in a gust.

It was all over - I have to use the safety and dump my kite in the water 😢

It wasn't worth trying again - too variable, so back to base.

After a rest, I took the bike back and wandered the old town. Full of tourists (and a fair bit of eye candy).

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The place is full of couples. The only thing not straight are the streets!

I had dinner in a funky place called the Garden...it was chilly out once the sun went down.

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