Sunday, June 29, 2008
blast and decided that next time we come to Europe
we are going to go see a Eurocup game.
The picture at the very top does not even do the size of the crowd justice. This picture was taken at around midnight. That kid across the way was like four! They love futbol! Oh, and when it gets even slightly hot here this is what happens as seen in the picture above. Honestly, what is that outfit?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I was watching the news and saw that there was a festival going on at Plaza Mayor in Madrid and decided we had to go after I saw them cooking Tacos Al Pastor. Those tacos are amazing and are my favorite food from the mission. They are yummy spicy pork with sweet chunks of pineapple and as much hot sauce as you can handle. Megann really liked them and we both decided that Mexican food is way better than any of the food here in Spain. We also ate flautas or what we know as taquitos in the Walmart. All the food was fantastic! At the Metro stop at the famous Puerta del Sol there was a Mariachi band playing 'Mexico Lindo.' The best part was the Megann and I both let out our Mexican yells after they were done, "Ay, ay....arriba, arriba," and people were laughing at us. Wait a minute, a Mexican festival can't possibly be complete without a shrine to the Virgin Guadalupe as well as an Evangelical church preaching to us about being saved while a guy wears a devil costume and pretends to bind another guy in bonds of sin.
So, at one of the subway stops in downtown Madrid there is a huge wall with lights going down it, instantly I thought to myself this looks like the Matrix without all the 1's and 0's. The best part was as we were taking these pictures several tourists passed by laughing because they knew exactly what we were doing.
SPAIN'S TWIN LEANING TOWERS
Close by the Metro stop from above there are these really cool leaning office buildings referred to the "Puerta de Europa" or Europe's Door. They are both at a 15 degree angles and are 26 stories tall.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
So, today there was a guy that was so desperate for a smoke. We were waiting for a train to come and this guy jumps onto the tracks and picks up a cigarette because it had a little bit left on it. Come one! So, word to the wise. Don't smoke! It is so disgusting and it makes people crazy...including me!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
There are some really beautiful things to see in Madrid and then there are some things that just make you wonder. Let's start with one of the beautiful things. First, we have the Palacio Real or "Royal Palace." Second is a trend that needs to stay in Spain. In case you couldn't tell that is a boy on the right and he is wearing white Keds. Maybe he got them from an old box in my mom's closet. He has on skinny jeans, a tucked- in shirt, and tops it off with braided leather belt. Third is the besame mucho, "kiss me a lot," lady; she was singing at one of the stops on the metro karaoke style. Fourth, is Megann eating the wonderful chocolate and churros; they are amazing! Fifth is me in front of the Temple of Debod, it is an Egyptian temple sent to Spain as a gift. Sixth is Megann's ANTM pose! Amanda that one is for you! Oh, Amanda your photo shoot will have to wait a couple more weeks.
Monday, June 2, 2008
1st is the rose bridge, 2nd and 3rd are fallas (pronounced fayas) is the falla museum. They are made of wire frames and covered with paper mache. They make a ton of them for a huge celebration in March and burn all of them except the one favorite at the end of the celebration. The last picture is a cologne ad that is very Zoolanderesque.
The top picture is kind of random but we just had to take it. Why are the display models aliens? I definitely gotta get those clothes.
Back to why we hate
1- Parisians are AWFUL. Seriously, they are so rude and just mean. Do they not understand that if it weren’t for tourists in their country their country would be in even more of an economic crisis than they are now?
2- It is foul. Seriously, it wreaks of urine. I cannot tell you how many people I have seen just stop walking and start peeing. It is just a dirty city. Last year at one of the train stations a pipe was leaking urine. Sick!
3- I know this is rude to say but there are these really annoying beggars there. They all have a card written in English about how one of their sisters at home is very sick and they need money. The saying is exactly the same on all of their cards. They just go up to you and say you speak English. It just annoys me because it is so dishonest. There are so many of them!
4- Only get a 3-star hotel and up. Let’s just say that last year there were some miscellaneous hairs on our bed. Sick! I almost barfed!
5- Way too overpriced!
With all of that said one still must go. It is quite an experience the first time.
1st is the Notre Dame, 2nd and 3rd are the aftermath of an overfed pigeon (poor Megann!), 4th and 5th are the Louvre, and last is Moulin Rouge
Friday, May 23, 2008
Today we went to an awesome castle in France! It is a huge medieval castle/cathedral on the top of a very tall island of stone. It is so awesome! A must see! I am sorry but the pics will have to wait.....but they are coming soon! Then, we drove to Paris (their roads are so slow!) and we are here for a few days. Tomorrow my Mom gets to celebrate her b-day in Paris!
During WWII Mitch's grandpa was a B-17 pilot (they were very high-tech planes that could fly at very high altitudes and they carried bombs) and his mission was to fly from England and bomb the German submarines on the coast of northern France near Brest. Well, unfortunately things went awry and all of the men in his plane had to bail out and parachute down...into German occupied territory. Long story short he ended landing in the city of Saint Quay and his plane crashed near the shore. All of the town saw him coming down and he was rescued by the underground French resistance. He basically escaped death many times. He eventually made it out of France into Spain and then back to England all due to the help of the underground. It all took several months in hiding. So, we went there to meet many of the people that helped him and their families. What an amazing experience! Unfortunately, one of the main rescuers that we were to meet was very ill and we could not meet him. The main rescuer (he was not part of the resistance but a farm boy who first helped Mitch's grandpa when he landed) died a few years ago but Mitch's family is still very close to his kids and grandkids. They showed us around to all of the important sites. There is a monument to Mitch's grandpa and the resistance members (two of which were sent to concentration camps and killed when the resistance networks were found out). The monument is one of the propellers that was still intact and was pulled out of the water. Amazing!
Another thing that is amazing is French food! The daughter made us homemade french food for all the meals! Not only did each meal have about 5 courses but it was all divine and there was so much fresh seafood! Real, homemade French food is amazing!
It was such a special experience and when we left we all cried. The spirit was so strong. I can't wait to go back already! It was truly a tender experience for Mitch. Sadly, Mitch's grandpa died a few years ago so this was great for him to remember his Grandpa.
1st is the tree where my grandpa landed, 2nd, 3rd and 4th are in front on the monument,
5th and 6th are us saying goodbye to Andre and Agnes, and their daughter (Florence), 7th is me standing on the beach overlooking the bay where the plane crashed, 8th is standing in front of the tree that my grandpa and his parachute landed in.
We went to Normandie to visit many of the WWII sites. I am sorry I don't have pictures yet. Anyways, it was amazing! We went to the American cemetary, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach (of course we all got a picture there), pointe du Hoc, St. Mere Eglis (a church where a paratrooper got caught on the top when he parachuted down), and St Marie Du Mont. It was amazing! Luckily, my dad knows EVERYTHING about WWII, especially Normandie, so we had our own tour guide. I really can't explain the feelings one feels. You must visit Normandie! Oh, and to top it off of course it is on the coast so the view of the English Channel is beautiful!
1-B-17 bomber painting on the ceiling in a memorial at the US cemetery, 2-US Cemetery, 3-Utahns on Utah beach, 4-St. Mere Eglis, 5-Omaha beach, 6-Bomb crater
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today we drove from Germany, through the Netherlands and Belgium and then we ended up in northern France. It was so long but fun to go through four countries. We visited some WWII stuff in the Netherlands (again, my Dad is completely fascinated with WWII). We drove for about 10 hours today! The freeways in the U.S. are a lot faster! Though, we drove through many small towns and it was great to see the French countryside. I have some pics to post but that will have to wait as it is very late here!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My Mom served her mission in the Dusseldord,
Another interesting fact about
Ok, I have been to soooooo many cathedrals. Seriously, from going to Europe last year, spending time in
As we were walking through the city by all of the shops there were the FUNNIEST guys ever! Oh my hanna days! One guy was dressed up like a woman: blonde curly hair in pig-tails, short and plaid skirt, a stuffed bra under a tight t-shirt. I mean it was just funny. Then, there were all of these other guys dressed in the same t-shirts. It turns out after talking to this woman/man that it was part of his bachelor party. It is a tradition there. He had to get 10 male words of advice and 10 from females. I can’t even describe how funny it was. The Germans have such fun traditions! All I can say is Americans are stale. Oh, and the first cologne was made here for the stinky royalty who barely bathed! Hence the name for cologne!