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The 10 minutes that almost ruined our day and the rest that followed
10/01/2010, Torre del Mar, Spain

I am posting this post from La Linea because I haven't gotten the chance to report on our trip to the Alhambra. In case you're wondering, we've gone to Almerimar, Torre del Mar, and Marbella before coming here.

Our trip to the Alhambra proved to be much more eventful than the eventful trip we had planned. We had intended to take a bus to Granada (the city where the Alhambra is) directly from Torre del Mar in the morning and take a bus back to Torre del Mar via Malaga in the afternoon/evening. It didn't go like that.

We started the day off with a bang by missing the bus that took us to the main bus station. It was a risky enterprise anyway, because we probably wouldn't have made the bus to Grenada anyway. Luckily there was a bus that came right after the first going to Granada that was going to Malaga! So we took that one and luckily (again) made it to Malaga in time for a bus going to Granada (they run every hour on the hour) and we were able to make it to Granada by 11 a.m.

Then we had to catch a bus that met up with another bus that went to the Alhambra. That took us a while, and it was one o'clock before we were actually outside the gates of the Alhambra. Our ticket was for 2:30. So we had a cheap lunch for an expensive price and got in line to get into the building (you have to enter at the time specified on the ticket).

The Alhambra was pretty nice. I mean, we've seen fortresses and palaces before, but to see them all rolled up in one place was unique. But it wasn't just fortresses and palaces. There were many gardens (which we'd never toured before), piazzas, and many other assorted buildings that didn't go with fortresses or palaces, but rather with both combined. I've attached a photo of my parents standing in front of the Alcazaba (fortress). There is an Alcazaba in Almeria which we toured, and was rather like this one, though without all the gardens.

The return trip was equally eventful, if not more so. We caught the bus back to Malaga OK, but had a really tough time figuring out how to get to Torre del Mar. Eventually we got one to "Torrox", which is supposedly where we came from. We found out that Torrox is a town further down the coast for Torre del Mar, but the bus stops at many small stops from Torre del Mar to Torrox. We needed those small stops because that marina we were at was out of town a ways. Nothing like walking two kilometers at 10:00 p.m., right!? We didn't have to walk, because there was a nice man on board the bus that told us where to get off. We made it back to our boat very uneventfully and spent a very restful night there

Anyway, I've blogged long enough. My dad wants to check his e-mail. I'll post another blog tomorrow about how we got here.

Settling down for a while
09/27/2010, Almeria, Spain

We finally got to settle down for a little while in Almeria because it's a big town and we broke stuff here (laptop charger, wind instrument). But, our settling down happened a few days ago, because now we're getting ready to head to Almerimar late tomorrow morning.

All in all, things have been uneventful. We left from Torrevieja and went down to Aguilas (we were there last year -- very rolly anchorage), Garrucha, San Jose (pretty place), and finally here.

If you can believe it, we're now only 150 n.m. away from Gibraltar! We'll spend a few days getting there and then head down to Ceuta (Spanish port in Morocco) to haul our boat out (again). We have to haul out because we scraped our rudder on a rock in Bonifacio, Corsica. From there we go to Las Palmas for the start of the ARC in 55 days.

Oh, and the picture is of the sunrise with Cabo de Gata.

Sorry for the short blog. Adios!

The mainland
09/19/2010, Calpe, Spain

We have now made it back to the rocky-rolly coast of mainland Spain. If you remember from last year's blogs, we found this coast to be one really big, bad anchorage. Right now we are doing OK, but when the sun sets I'm sure that the waves will find a way in.

We got here about three hours ago after my dad woke up at 2 am this morning and got us started on our day. Other than that, nothing has really happened that's worth reporting. (I could go on and on about little nuances that would probably be really boring.)

09/08/2010, Palma, Mallorca

We now have free internet on our boat so I am taking the opportunity to post a brief blog.

We are now back in Palma (or rather Palmanova) getting ready to move into the main town to get some shopping done. When we were here last year, we spent all our time up here because of the Med cup that was going on while we were visiting.

From here we plan to go up to Soller on Friday and then return to Palma to meet up with s/v Juno.

09/18/2010 | RJ Pimentel
hey will! were in sicily now about to go to vulcano. remember when you get to port de soller take the tram up to soller (thats the main town) and right on the outskirts of town find a ice cream shop with an arch made out of present boxes at the entrance and get the orange soller. hope you are well

The cala’s
09/06/2010, Cala Mitjana, Mallorca

From Porto Cristo we went directly here, on a long, uneventful journey of maybe 15 miles. If you've read my dad's blog before mine, you'd know about our anchoring adventure in this anchorage. But we're safe now, for the moment, with a stern anchor out. Unfortunately we are a bit uncomfortable, since a swell is coming in and bouncing around on the cala's sides. But the anchorage is really beautiful and it has awesome snorkeling.

We plan to stay today here and possibly move on tomorrow morning, to where, I have no idea. Probably down on the SE point of Mallorca.

Back to the Balearics
09/04/2010, Porto Cristo, Mallorca

As the blog title suggests, we are back in the Ballearics where we spent a portion of last summer. We haven't ever been on this side of the island, so this is a nice experience. We also get to go fairly slow which is a relief after the west coast of Italy. Now we're in Porto Cristo going to get Wi-Fi at Burger King (we don't normally eat there, much less find one).

For the next few weeks we plan to relax and not do a whole lot of overnighters (preferably none). We met up with our friends that we'd met over e-mail in Mahón and have been sailing with them for the past week or so which is a good chance to slow down and have fun. We met up with another American boat in Mahón too but we said goodbye on Menorca.

I can't remember where I last blogged, so I will leave it there. My dad keeps a (very) detailed account of our doings on his blog, so you'll have to read his to figure out what happened since I last blogged.

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