Hilalita en Londres

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Podrías ser lo que quieras en Londres. Acogedora, sin perjudicar./ You can be whatever you want in London. Welcomig and without prejudice.

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Este año visité a Londres por la segunda vez en mi vida y ya lo sabía que no estaría la última vez. Encima miré a la ciudad con los ojos tan diferentes que nunca imaginaba que me enamoraría de ella así. Tenía una experiencia totalmente tan diferente que la tenía en mi cabeza antes de llegarla.

Primera lo que más he olvidado en mi ciudad es el color de verde. Es que esta ciudad es llena de los tonos diferentes de verde: más que cuarenta por ciento de la ciudad es verde. Mis ojos estaban casi ciegos de ver este color. Me enamoré de los parques enormes, llenan de la gente haciendo deporte, corriendo, haciendo picnic o tomando el sol (sí haya). Es decir, es un tesoro para una ciudad tan grande de y metrópoli.

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This year I visited London the second time in my life and I was sure that it is not going to be the last one. Even this time I looked at the city on very different way that I could never imagined that I would fall in love with it that much. I really had very different experience that I was thinking to have.

First of all, I was about to forget the colour of Green in my city. This city is full of different tons of Green: more that forty percent of the city has Green area that my eyes were almost blind for looking at that colour. One again I fell in love with huge parks that full of people doing sport, running, having picnic or taking sunbath (in case of there is). I mean, these facilities are really a treasure for a city that much huge and metropole.

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El museo de Historia Natural / Natural History Museum

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Disfrutando en el parque Hyde / Enjoying Hyde Park

La sorpresa segunda que he vivido en la ciudad es alojamiento. Es que siempre imaginaba que me quedara en una casa típica inglesa, pero fue un apartamiento tan moderno y la mejor parte fue el piso fue muy similar a mi piso en la que vivía en Estambul. Aquí tenemos una vista maravillosa del Cuerno de Oro, allí la del río Támesis. Encima los muebles y todo fueron casi igual y por eso me sentía exactamente en casa, aún más.

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The second surprise that I had in the city was accommodation. Because I was always imaging that I would stay in a typical British house but that apartment was too modern that the best thing was it was almost the same with my flat in Istanbul. There I have brilliant view of Golden Horn, here river Thames. Even the furniture and everything were almost the same and once again I felt myself exactly at home.

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Alojamiento / Accomadation

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Vista de la venta que nos saluda por la manaña / The view from window that welcoming us on the mornings

Tercera sorpresa es por supuesto la cocina. Cómo Londres es un hogar de muchas culturas diferentes y si viviera en una ciudad nueva segura que eso tendría tener una cocina brillante y en Londres todas las cocinas están tan cercas de casa. Por ejemplo, nunca podría comer un plato de sushi por 3-4 libras en Estambul y ya no digo nada de beber vino o cerveza allí. Es que ,aún se paga en libras en Londres, los precios de la comer en Estambul compiten con de los de Londres, aún se gana con liras en Estambul. (1 libra~4,5 liras).

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The third surprise was of course about the cuisine. As London is a home for many different cultures and if I would live in a new city, it is sure that it would have a great cuisine that in London all of cuisines are very close to home. For example, I would never be able to eat a sushi dish for 3-4 sterling in Istanbul and even I am not talking about drinking beer or vine. Even it is paid with sterling in London, the price is in Istanbul competes with the price in London even it is earned with liras in Istanbul. (1 sterlin~4,5 liras)

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Una pausa corta en Hyde Park / Small break in Hyde Park

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The cream tea: Uno de mis favoritos. Pan scone fresco, cream, mermalada y té (aún tenía un cafe) / One my favourite is the cream tea. Even this time I had coffee. Muy recomendable / Strongly recommended : Maison Bertaux / 28 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DQ, İngiltere

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Cenar en PizzaExpress en plaza de Trafalgar. Delicioso y un precio asequible / Dining in PizzaExpress in Trafalgar Square. Delicious and affordable price. Spinach & ricotta cannelloni

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Cenar en PizzaExpress en plaza de Trafalgar. Delicioso y un precio asequible / Dining in PizzaExpress in Trafalgar Square. Delicious and affordable price. Spinach pizza.

Londres es segura que una ciudad viva y la cultura de vivir allí se ilusiona mucho: los museos, los teatros, los restaurantes, los pubs, los parques, las calles, etc… Poco y poco voy a meterme en la ciudad y contar las aventuras inglesas desde la comida hasta la experiencia humana. Nos vemos.

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It is sure that London is an alive city and the culture of living there makes very excited: the museums, the theatres, the restaurant, the pubs, the parks, etc… Slowly I am going to go inside of the city and to tell my British adventures about the food until local experiences. We will see what is going to happen.

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Tomando un té en Neil’s Yard. / Drinking tea in Neil’s Yard.

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El tiempo de Pubbb!!! The Ten Bells es el bar desde los tiempos de Jack, the Ripper, en el que seguía algunos de sus victimas allí. El bar sigue guardando la originalidad y tiene un ambiente amable. / Pub timee!! The Ten Bell is the bar since the time of Jack, the Ripper that he was stalking some of the his vistims there. The bar still keeps the originility and has a friendly atmosphere.

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Shakespeare’s Globe

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Parliament Square

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Parliament Square

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Cookie Monster

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When I travel I don’t like only eating new and different food but also I really like to learn how to cook or bake something special from that city. So, on my trip to Antakya I learnt really very tasty and simple cookies that it is possible to keep them for a long time. Actually it is told that when you keep it in an appropriate box, it is possible to keep until two months. Also cookies were used to be baked on festivals, like Christmas cookies, and it has very special place on the childhood of the many people. I am sure that smelling these spices would make many people to travel in the time towards the past. So I just couldn’t eat them and not to share this yummiest part of great Antakya cuisine.

The main ingredient of this tradational cookie is a kind of mixture of 7 spices that it was possible to buy this mixture on Antakya. So, I will write the main ingredients of this mixture that once you prepare it, you can use it for many times on future.

Mixture of spices:

  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pimenta racemosa
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp clove powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp prunus mahaleb
  • ½ tsp mastic powder or smashed mastic

For the filling:

The most popular type of this cookie is with the date palm one. You may use fig, another fruit or just walnut but trust me, you just try with the date palm. You gonna love it!

Take of the seeds of the date palms and let them sit in water and make them to get softer. Meanwhile you can go on preparing the dough.

When the date palms are softer, put them food processor or use blender to make them pure. Put ½ tsp cinnamon and one cup walnut. I use my hand to make walnuts on small pieces by one by. Because when they are not like pure, when you bite the cookie, you can feel the taste of walnut on your mouth. So, keep the walnuts neither very small nor very big.

Kömbe dough ingreidents

  • 25-30 pcs. cookies, repare 20 min., baking 25 min.
  • 300 gr butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. spices mixture
  • 1 tsp. vanillin powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5-6 cup flour
  • ½ cup sesame seed (for the top of cookies)

Recipe:

Melt the butter. I usually take it out of the refrigerator and let it melt naturally. When the butter is soften or melted mix it with powdered sugar and knead it, then add milk and all spices and mix them. Finally add the flour and be sure that the dough will be soften but not sticky.

When the dough is ready take small pieces of dough, fill it with the filling and shape it. In Antakya they have special wooden cookie molds. But if you do not have something similar you can shape it how you want. Before replace them to mold,  dip them into sesame and put it to molds. The result was great. Baked them on 200oC oven, around 25 min. until to get them red.

Tip: If you make small balls and put sufficient filling the taste is better. It means, less dough, more filling.

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Give Me Some Fruits, I Bake You a Cake

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Fig & Walnut Cake

Homemade cakes are one of my favourite on bakery world. So, whenever somebody visits me, cannot leave home without eating a piece of homemade cake, it means give me some fruit, apple, fig, pear, pumpkin, banana, whatever, I bake you cake. I use very simple but delicious way to go to homemade cake.

This time I was planning to bake a banana cake but on last minute with changing plans of my visitors, I opened my refrigerator and used whatever I found. I love this kind of spicy and less sugared and less oiled cakes.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar (I usually use as less as I can, for example for fig cake I use more fig, ½ cup sugar)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cup flour (prefer whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • 10 pcs dried fig
  • 1 cup chopped walnut (I prefer to make them big size via my hand)
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Recipe

First, whisk the eggs well and add sugar and whisk more. Then, put milk, olive oil and keep whisking.

Chop the figs and walnuts on small pieces but I prefer big pieces and add all ingredients except flour, powder and baking soda.

When all is mixed well add slowly flour, powder and baking soda and mix them well. It is going to be little bit tough dough, not very liquid.

Then make oil wash on your cake pot and bake it during 35-40 min on 180oC.

Bon apetit.

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Vamos al Cielo / Let’s Go to Heaven

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Hay tantas cosas buenas a las que he aprendido mientras viajando, sino uno de mas importante es ver ser una persona buena es algo universal. Es decir, no está perteneciente a una religión ni un grupo, ni una cultura.

Según la cultura en la que he crecido alguien si no crea en nuestra religión, no puede ir al cielo. Desde luego he pensado mucho en este tema y decidí que si alguien es una persona buena ¿por qué es importante en que se cree o en qué manera hace estas cosas?

El año 2009, estoy en Polonia por un proyecto de UE. Tuve mucha amigos allí y una de ellos fue una española que desde luego la llamaría como mi “sister”.

El año 2010, terminamos el proyecto y todos volvimos a casa. Ya era la hora de visitarnos. Mis amigas más cercanas una española y una ucrania me visitaron en Estambul. Les di bienvenidas en mi casa y comimos muy bien, viajamos alrededor, les acogió en mi casa como mis hermanas, dicen mama a mi mama y papa a mi papa.

Mis padres tenían millones de preguntas sobre mis amigas de una cultura diferente. “¿Qué es su relación?, ¿en qué se creen?”

“Es atea mama”, “¿Cómo? ¿No cree en nada?” “Se cree en la belleza y ser una persona buena mama”, así que lo pasamos muy bien con muchas cosas nuevas y divertidas.

Luego ya era la hora para mí, la hora de viajar a mi amiga. En 2011 fui por primera vez visitar a mi amiga. Volé directamente a Madrid, aunque le dije mi amiga que “por favor no me cogieras del aeropuerto” ella vino a cogerme desde Valladolid, tardo como casi dos horas para cogerme desde Madrid. La primera cosa habíamos hecho fue ir de tapas: un vaso de cerveza y tortilla patata. Entonces fuimos a Valladolid para ver toda la familia.

Familia tenía una casa como en mis sueños: 2 pisos, jardín, piscina y un futbolín en jardín. Aquel día fue cumpleaños de mi amiga y por eso toda la familia vino a la fiesta y paso y paso empecé a estar enamorada de esta gente y esta cultura que me influyo para aprender este idioma precioso.

Nos quedamos 3-4 en Valladolid y durante mi tiempo ni mi amiga ni su familia no me ha dejado que tocara en mi bolsillo, aun padre nos condujo a Segovia para ver la ciudad, nos invitó a tapear y a cenar. Encima durante todo el tiempo que pasamos allí nos cocinó maravilloso. Comí una paella por la primera vez en mi vida y padre lo cocinó tan bien que casi tuve dolor de estómago para terminarlo, trate mis límites para comer hasta al final.

Mientras mi amiga me regalo en viaje más y me dijo que “Vamos a Barcelona” y eso fue una noticia tan chocante que estaba volando con esta noticia. Por supuesto mi amiga había arreglado todo como el hotel y vuelo que otra vez no me dejado que pagara algo, en una manera me sentía fatal. En fin tuvimos un viaje fenomenal y volvía a casa con memorias locas, con nuevas amigas y 3 kilos más en mi estómago.

Ahora bien, paso anos estábamos haciendo un plan de viaje y por supuesto ya era la hora de visitar a mi hermana. Nuestras vidas ya habían cambiado mucho y ella tiene un niño tan guapo del mundo y vive con su novio. Esta vez vivía en Valdemoro, casi 40 min a Madrid en tren. Cuando les visitamos ellos nos acogieron como una familia desde aeropuerto que nos dieron sus habitaciones, nos arreglaron un sitio en frigorífico sin cerdo, nos abrieron todo el corazón como de familia. Esta vez hablaba un poco más español y tenía mucha oportunidad para observar lo que pasaba alrededor.

Teníamos un plan de quedarnos en Madrid como 2-3 días y continuar al viaje hacia Francia sino era muy difícil dejar mis amigos y despedírseles. Así que hemos decidido quedarnos un día más y continuar al viaje. Era un día fenomenal para estar con mis amigos sino al final nos despedimos y nos dio mucha tristeza otra vez.

El año 2016, hacemos plan otra vez y ya era la hora para España, es decir, por mi hermana. Esta vez tenemos 2 semanas para viajar y vamos a viajar mucho encima con mis hermanas. Cuando llegamos mi sobrino se volvía un niño de amor, su tía hablaba más español para hacer más travesuras con él y teníamos una oportunidad de viajar juntos. ¡Que querría más!

Este viaje fue tan cultural, arreglamos una maleta de regalos como mucha comida turca favorita para mi amiga y para la familia. Mi amiga nos ayudó mucho para organizar el viaje entre en España para optar los mejores hoteles y viajar muy bien en Renfe.

Otra vez mi familia española nos acogió con mucho amor y sinceridad. Nos dan la habitación del niño, compartieron lo que tengan, cocinamos juntos, fuimos a las elecciones generales, a cenar, cuñado nos hizo regalos sorpresas, muchas cosas buenas.

Teníamos una oportunidad de viajar juntos y fuimos  a Zaragoza con la familia y todo fue tan amable sino por otro lado tan triste por escuchar las campanas de la llegada del tiempo de despedirnos. Durante una semana viajamos en España sino mientras siempre quedamos en contacto con mis amigos. Al final volvimos a Madrid para ver mis cariños por última vez y por prometernos para visitarnos muy pronto.

Siempre pienso, cuando exista la gente con un corazón tan grande y puro, sin prejuicio, comparten lo que tengan y si exista un paraíso ¿por qué la gente tan buena no pueda ir allí solo no hacer las cosas en una manera tuya? Hemos perdido mucho el sentido básico de ser honesto, vivir sin mentiras y sin cara dura, estamos enfocados en los que no tengamos. Nos alejamos de la idea de “¡Ven, ven, quienquiera seas!” (Jalaluddin Rumi) , hemos convertido en clasista y formalista. Pase lo que pase seguro que si exista un paraíso, mi amiga y su familia buena tendrá lo mejor sitio de allí.

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There are many things that I keep learning as much as I travel, one of them is seeing to be a good and honest person is something universal. I mean, it is not belong to a religion, neither a group nor a culture.

There is a belief according to culture I grown up that if somebody is not from your religion would not be able to go to heaven and after so many years I just couldn’t stop thinking it that why if somebody is such a good person that it would be such important that how they are going to same point from different way?

Year 2009, I am in Poland for a European project. I had many different friends there but one of them became my best friend that later I would call her as sister.

Year 2010, we finished the projects and came back to home countries. It is time to visit each other. One of my closest friend from Spain, the other was from Ukraine came to visit me in Istanbul. I welcomed them in my home, we ate much, saw around, they became my sister, called my mother as mum, my father as dad.

It is sure that my parents had millions of questions about my friends from different culture. “What is her religion?” “She is atheist mum” “How come she doesn’t believe in anything” “She believes in the beauty of inside and being a good person mum” So we had very funny, different time together, learnt different side of life.

And then finally it was my time to visit to my friend. In 2011, I visited for the first time my friend and Spain. I had flight directly to Madrid and although I insisted on my friend that not picking me from airport she did it and took almost 2 hours train to just pick me up from airport. When we met, the first thing was eating tortilla potato and drinking beer and then we went to Valladolid to see all family.

The family had a home as I imagined: 2 floors, garden, swimming pool and futbolin in garden. That day was the birthday of my friend so we had a big party with all parent that slowly I started that to fall in love with this culture and people that influence me to learn this amazing language.

We stayed 3-4 days in Valladolid and during this time neither my friend nor her family let me pay anything. Even her father took us to Segovia to visit the city, to eat tapas and to have dinner. Further, he cooked very well for us and I ate first the best paella of my life there that even I had stomach ache that I tried to eat as much as I can.

Meanwhile my friend told me that she had a surprise to have a trip to Barcelona! Of course she had already arranged everything like hotel and flight that once again she did not let me do anything and I was feeling kind of bad about that situation. At the end we had a great trip and I was coming back to come with crazy moments, with new friends and 3 kilos more on my belly.

After years passed, we were doing another traveling plan and of course it was time to travel to my sister. Our life had changed much and she had very beautiful baby of the world and was living with her boyfriend in Valdemoro, it is almost 40 min far away from Madrid on train. Once again they took us from airport like our family, they did not only open their heart, but also their home, they gave us their room, the made us special refrigerator, they behaved us as warm as they can.  This time I was able to speak a little bit Spanish and I had more opportunity to observe what was going on around.

We planned to stay 2-3 days in Madrid and to go on travelling towards France but it was very difficult to leave this lovely family and to go on, then we decided to stay one day more and finally the most difficult and sad part was saying goodbye again.

Year 2016, we had another traveling plan and of course it was time to go to Spain, it meant to my sister. This time we had 2 weeks and even we had an opportunity to travel together and I would see my little nephew converted very lovely child and his aunt had learnt more Spanish to make tricks with him. What I could want more!

This trip became very cultural that we arranged a luggage with full of my sister’s and parent’s favourite Turkish foods. My friend helped to organised our all trip around Spain that she chose the best hotels and train range to help us to have the best holiday ever.

Once again we had so much love in family, this time they gave us child’s rooms, they shared their food, we cooked together, we went to election, to dinner, brother in law made surprises for us and many beautiful things were going on there.

We had chance to travel to Zaragoza that it was the most lovely trip ever but the other part of me was getting sad about the farewell bells were ringing for us. During our traveling around Spain we kept in touch with my friends and at the end we went back to Madrid to say a last goodbye and to promise to visit each other more and soon.

I always think after all these good things happened to me, once exist this kind good people with a huge pure heart, without prejudice, they share what they have and if the heaven is exist why that kind of good people wouldn’t be able to be there only not doing some stuff on your way? We have lost the basic sense of being honest, to live without lies, without many different faces, we more focus on what we do not have. We’re getting far away from the idea of “Come, come, whoever you’re” (Jalaluddin Rumi), and we’re becoming more classist and more formalist. But anyway, whatever happens, if there were a heaven, it is sure that my friends and her family would be on the best place of it.

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Cuando mis amigas me visitaron / When my friends visited me / 2010

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Cuando mis amigas me visitaron / When my friends visited me / 2010

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Papa nos cogió a Segovia / Dad took us to Segovia / 2011

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Segovia 2011

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La cena de familia / Family dinner

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El regalo de cuñado / Present from brother in law / 2016

 

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Cafe turco / Turkish coffee / 2016

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El desayuno turco&español / Turkish&Spanish breakfast / 2016

 

 

Amor & Amor & Amor

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Eso es una aventura de la llegada a la ciudad:

Si tuviera una palabra para describir Sevilla, segura que diría Amor: cada momento pasé en esta ciudad fue llena de sorpresa, amor y júbilo, nunca imaginaba que me dejara tanta admiración.

Llegamos a Sevilla desde Barcelona, otra vez usamos la red de Renfe, esta vez fue una rota tan larga para mis amigos Madrileños, sino fue una rota tan corta para disfrutar con el viaje de tren por los Estambuleños. Tuvimos mucho tiempo para ver alrededor sobretodo los suburbanos, o sea como tarda mucho tiempo ir desde un lugar hacia otro en Estambul viajar 5 horas desde un lado de una ciudad hacia otra no es tan largo para nosotros, encima con este amor de viajar en tren, eso es nada.

Se cuesta €50,60 el billete de tren por cada persona desde Barcelona hasta Seville, es un poquito caro, lo sé, sino por lo menos tuvimos el coche silencio 🙂 . Cuando llegamos a Sevilla todo nos parece muy diferente, por supuesto sobretodo el acento. El parado de autobús está muy cerca de la estación de tren, Santa Justa. Allí cogiéramos el autobús de número 32 para ir a la plaza de Duque. Eso fue una aventura muy compleja, es que una mujer mayor querría ayudarnos para ir a la plaza cuando cogiéramos el autobús sino no pudimos poder coger al autobús por no tener dinero más pequeño que €20, es decir, el conductor no aceptó €20 por dos personas y tuvimos que salir de autobús y preguntar a la gente si tuvieran moneda más pequeña, eso fue más interesante que nadie tuvo €20 aunque querrían ayudarnos. En fin, tuvimos que volver a la estación para cambiar el dinero, sino la oficina de cambio no acepto cambiar euro, entonces fui a McDonald’s y la mujer que trabajaba allí me trató muy mal educada y arrogante, entonces fui a la tienda que viene para preguntar sino eso tampoco lo aceptó en fin compré algunas cosas para obtener unas monedas pequeñas sino eso fue una tortura, es que €20 no es mucho para vivir tanto sufrimiento. Finalmente volvimos al parado otra vez. En fin de vacación descubrimos que sería mejor coger un taxi para ir al hotel, es que en la vuelta se costó €7 desde nuestro hotel hasta a la estación, encima es posible pagar en tarjeta crédito en los taxis.

Cuando llegamos al centro fue casi a las 20.00 y olvidamos todo sufrimiento para llegar allí, es que el centro fue lleno de la gente y pensé que había una fiesta o una boda allí y entonces no pude seguir preguntándolo a la gente que qué estaba pasando allí. El joven se rio de mí y dijo que era un día normal, siempre este sitio estaba así, llena de la gente, en una manera de fiesta, encima me dijo tengo que mirar a la calle que viene es que eso también fuera igual. Entonces no podríamos perder ni un minuto y fuimos al hotel y dejamos las maletas y volvimos a la calle.

El hotel estaba ubicado en el centro, un minuto de pie desde la plaza del Salvador, era un hotel tan simpático que tuvo una arquitectura del siglo XVIII y el patio era cómodo para descansar después de un día caloroso. Encima empleados eran muy amables sobretodo mi favorita Laura.

¿Dónde están Obama y tía Michelle?

El día siguiente participamos un tour gratuita en andando. Eso fue muy útil que tuvimos una vista rápida de la ciudad. Este tour gratuita se empieza en muchos rincones de la ciudad y se queda en un punto común, se separa en los grupos según de los idiomas y segura que se da propina es que este tour funciona así y merece mucha pena para darlo.

Este día había muchísima policías en toda la ciudad. Eso llamó mucha la atención para nosotros, vale estamos muy acostumbrados en este escenario sino nunca vimos eso en Europa, por eso no tuve nada más que preguntarlo a nuestra guía. Ella explicó que el día siguiente Obama fuera allí y todas las preparaciones fueran para ellos. Eso fue una noticia tan enorme para nosotros es que estábamos en España y tuvimos una oportunidad de ver el presidente de EEUU. Eso fue algo muy importante para nosotros es que como tenemos mucha simpatía de ellos, estaba un fan de Michelle Obama, le llamo como tía Michelle, tuve mucha felicidad en este día. Encima si fueran a Turquía segura que no podríamos ninguna oportunidad de verles es que segura que todas las calles fueran cerradas u otras muchas cosas..

El día siguiente lo pregunté a Laura que dónde podemos verles sino tuvimos una respuesta muy triste que se cancelaron el programa por un ataque y tuvieron que tener una visita corta y volver a EEUU. Eso fue una desesperanza chocante sino la vida seguía continuando, tuvimos que vivir con esta pena 🙂

¿Qué vimos en la ciudad?

Como hay muchas cosas para hacer y ver en la ciudad, solo pudimos ver cosas las que están en el centro como la Giralda, Jardines de Murillo, Museo de Baile Flamenco, Hotel Alfonso XIII, Plaza del Salvador, real fábrica de tabacos (la universidad de Sevilla) y en fin Torre del Oro. Segura que fue tan difícil despedir de esta ciudad tan bonita, sino le prometimos que le visitaremos más en futuro. Para mí esta ciudad nada más que un amor, en un lado piensas en las cigarreras las que se inspiraron Carmen entre las piedras de real fábrica de tabaco, por otro lado viajas a la triste leyenda de Torre del Oro y miras a Giralda y te pierdes entre los cuerpos diferentes.

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Podéis ver este símbolo o esta palabra en todos los rincones de la ciudad. De verdad, me encanta eso, es que es un regalo para los ciudadanos fieles de Sevilla por apoyar Alfonso X  El Sabio, durante una guerra contra su hijo Sancho, es significa que Sevilla, “no madeja do” es decir, Sevilla “no me ha dejado”.

Alfonso X el Sabio era un hombre de letras y culto sino no estaba bien demasiado de gobernar, por eso su pueblo no estaba contento. Así el pueblo se dividieron en dos grupos: los que apoyaban al rey Alfonso y los que seguían a su hijo, el príncipe Sancho que le apoyaba su madre, esposa del rey, doña Violante. El ejército de Sancho iba ganando muchos territorios y logró alzarse como rey en la mayor parte de España. Cuando llegó a Sevilla, la ciudad en la que viejo rey Don Alfonso estaba y pasaba sus últimos días de la vida allí, los sevillanos le mostraron la fidelidad y le sirvieron en todo. Por esta fidelidad el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla cogió este lema y se puede verla en todos los rincones de la ciudad.

Lo que más importante: ¿Qué comemos?

De verdad soy un amante de la cocina turca, como he aprobado muchas cocinas diferentes todavía la cocina turca es mi favorita, sino tengo que confesar que la cocina española me aficiona mucho, sobre todo con la riqueza de los mariscos, con la empanada de atún, con la sinceridad de los bocadillos, dulces, platos de carne y todo.

Hemos anunciado nuestro hogar para desayunar 13 cuarenta y desayunamos todos los días allí con los tostados tan deliciosos. Es un restaurante simpático, barato y amable, se crearon las maravillas con unas gotas de aceita de oliva, un poquito de roquefort y unas piezas de tomates y encima pagas casi €2 por un tostado y un café.

Otro plato favorito es por supuesto rabo del toro, lo comimos en la Bodega Estrella Dorada, y algunas tapas, plato de dorado y nos gustó mucho: tiene el precio justo, un plato de rabo del toro se cuesta €12, dorado €14, patatas ali oli €2.2, y tampoco podemos olvidar del puding de frutos que se cuesta €2.75, y está en el centro.

No pudimos volver sin comer un burger de torro. Lo comimos en Volapie y también eso fue un plato delicioso y diferente para nosotros. Además si quieres comer algo rápido la idea de la paella que se lleva es genial.

Y guardo al fin lo que más delicioso: Blanco Paloma que lo hemos descubierto por suerte cuando caminamos en las calles de Sevilla. Eso es un restaurante más lejos del centro y muy local, con un menú rico y con los camareros tan simpáticos.

Me encantó hamburguesitas de gambas al ajillo! Fue un un rey de los platos de España para mí. (El tapas se cuesta €3, ½ ración €6, una es €9. También merece mucha pena aprobar salmón a la parrilla con crema de puerros y zanahoria (el tapas se cuesta €3, ½ ración €6, una es €15). Los camareros eran tan simpáticos que cuando les preguntó la contraseña de WiFi él me dijo que no WiFi, “hablar”, fue tan simpático que significaba mucha con una palabra.

Último parado: Vamos a Flamenco

Flamenco es un símbolo de la cuidad y hay muchas ofertas diferentes para ver un espectáculo. Algunas ofertas incluidas la cena o bebida. Las ofertas empiezan desde €15, hasta €25. Lo vimos en un bar que se llama La Carbonería. La entrada fue gratuita sino no fue un espectáculo profesional y encima las tazas eran tan sucias que fue imposible beber algo. De todos modos disfrutamos con el baile y música flamenco.

Lo que más difícil parte

Último parado de la aventura de España pasó tan impresionante y en fin volvimos a Madrid para despedirles a nuestros amigos y dejamos muchas memorias buenas, corazones tan amables y lágrimas. No lo sé si exista los ángeles sino estoy segura que vi algunos de ellos allí.

Segura que esta aventura continuará!!!

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This is an arrival adventure of the city

If there were a word to describe Seville, definitely I would say Love: every moment that I had in that city was full of surprise, love and joy that I could never ever imagine that I would have that much admiration of that city.

We arrived to Seville over Barcelona, we used the line of Renfe again, this time we had very long travel distance according to my friends from Madrid but it was very short distance to enjoy with the journey of train for people of Istanbul. We had enough time to watch around, especially to observe suburban, it means as everything takes very long time in Istanbul traveling 5 hours from one side of the country until the other one no is too long distance for us, even with the love of train this is nothing.

The train ticket between Barcelona and Seville costs €50, 60, yes I know this is little bit expensive but at least we had silence wagon 🙂 .  When we arrived to Seville everything was looking very different for us, especially the accent. The bus stop is very close to train station Santa Justa. We supposed to take the bus 32 to go to Duque square but suddenly this easy step turned into a torturing adventure. An old lady recommended us to follow her that she would show us where to leave from bus but even we were not able to get in the bus because our smallest money was €20 and the bus driver told that he would not accept that much big banknote and we had to go out the bus to ask people to change money and meanwhile we lost our helpful lady. Then we asked to people around but even they check their wallets  and even they want to help us nobody didn’t have that much money that this surprised us and then once again we had to go back to train station. The change office lady told that she would not change euro, then I asked to woman in McDonald’s but she treated me very rude and arrogant and I asked to the next shop to change money and he also said he wouldn’t and finally buying something came to my mind after that much torturing. It was not that much big money to suffer that much, anyway. At the end of the holiday we discovered that we did not have to have that much torture to go to hotel because taking a taxi would be easier and cheap as well. Because at the end of the holiday coming to train station over our hotel costs only €7 and it was possible to use credit card if you do not have small money.

When we arrived to centre it was around 20.00 o’clock and suddenly we forgot this trouble we lived until we arrived here because the square was full of people and we thought there was some kind of festival or party and then I did not have anything to do then asking to people what was going on there. A young man explained that it was a normal day as everyday this square was like that and even he advised to check the next street that it was as same as there. Then we did not want to lose any second and went to leave the luggages to the hotel and came back to square.

The hotel was located in centre, one minute to walk over the Salvador Square and it was very lovely hotel with the architecture from XVIII century and the yard of hotel was very comfortable that it was good to relax there after very hot days. Also the staff was very helpful and friendly, especially my favourite person was Laura.

Where are Obama and Aunt Michelle?

The next day of arrival we joined to a free walking tour. It was very useful that we had a general view of the city. This free tour starts over very different corners of the city and then you meet with all people on a common point then it is separated to different groups according to language option. And at the end of tour you give tip as how much you want.

That day there were so many polices around the city and it was very different view for us, okay, we’re very used to see this kind of stuff  but to see it in a European country was different for us and then I had to ask it to guide and she explained day the next day Obama was planning a trip to Spain, also to Seville. Then it was a surprising news for us that we were in Spain and we had an opportunity to see the president of USA. It was very exciting for us because we have too much sympathy for them and I was used to say her Aunt Michelle that I was very happy that day. Because if they came to Turkey it is sure that we were not able to see them cause of closing the streets or other things..

The next day I woke up and asked to Laura that where we could see them but she explained that they had to have a short trip and go back earlier cause of an attack in USA. It was very very sad for us, but anyway life was going on and we had to learn to live with that pain 🙂 .

What did we see in the city?

As there are many places to visit in the city we could only see the places on the centre like La Giralda, Gardens of Murillo, Flamenco Dance Museum,Hotel Alfonxo XIII Salvador Square, Royal Tabaco Factory (University of Seville), Spanish Square and finally Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold). It is sure that it was very difficult to say goodbye to this beautiful city but we promised that definitely we will visit it more in future. For me this city is nothing more than a love: on one side you think about cigarreras (the women who makes cigarettes) among the walls of the Royal Cigarette Factory that inspired the Carmen, on the other hand you travel to sad legend of Torre del Oro or you just look at and you lose yourself between different bodies of La Giralda.

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You will see this symbol around the city. Actually I very liked it: it is kind of gift that had been given to the faithful citizens of Seville for supporting Alfonso X The Wise during a war between his son Sancho, it means “no madeja do” or “no me ha dejado”  Sevilla “has not abandoned me”

Alfonso X The Wise was a cultured man that he did not know much about to govern and for this reason his people were not happy. So people had been divided into two groups that his supporters and the supporters of his son who was supported by his mother, the wife of king Violante. The army of Sancho had conquered many territories and he managed to have power like a king in many part of the Spain. When he arrived to Seville that the city in which the old king Alfonso was there and he was spending his last days there, he did not abonden the city and then people of Seville showed him their royalty and they served him for anything. For this royalty the king rewarded the city with this slogan and it is possible to see it in anywhere of the city.

The most important part: What did we eat?

Actually I am a Turkish cuisine lover, even I tried many different cuisines still Turkish cuisine is on my top list but I’ve to confess that Spanish cuisine affected me much. Especially rich see food, tuna pies, the sincerity of sandwiches, sweets, meat dishes and many things.

We announced the restaurant of 13 cuarenta as our home and every day we had breakfast over there with very delicious toasts. It is kind of restaurant that sympatric, cheap and friendly. They just create amazing tastes with couple of drops of olive oil, little bit roquefort and with some pieces of tomatoes and you just pay almost €2 for un toast and café.

One of our favourite dish is of course “rabo del toro”  bull’s tail stew, we ate it in restaurant of Bodega Estrella Dorada and we are some tapas and bonito dish there: it has normal price, a dish of rabo del toro costs €12, bonito €14, potato tapas €2.2 and we cannot forget the yummy taste of fruit pudding that costs €2.75 and the restaurant in on centre.

Also we couldn’t come back without eating a bull burger. We ate it in Volapie and it was also very tasty and different for us. And if you just pick something rapid, the idea of take-away paella is great.

I keep to end the yummiest one: Blanco Paloma that we had just discovered it by coincidence while we were walking on Seville streets. The restaurant is little bit far away from centre but it is possible to walk there, it is kind of local restaurant but has a rich menu and very friendly staff.

I loved “hamburguesitas de gambas al ajillo” prawn burger with garlic!!! It was one of the most delicious dish I’ve ever had in Spain. (tapas costs €3, ½ portion €6, one portion €9). Also definitely it was very delicious “salmón a la parrilla con crema de puerros y zanahoria” grilled salmon with cream of leeks and carrot (tapas €3, ½ portion €6, one portion €15). The waiters were so lovely that when I asked the password of Wi-Fi one of them, he said “no Wi-Fi, hablar” he meant that instead of wasting time in internet just talk to each other. He made sense.

The final destination: Let’s go to Flamenco

Flamenco is the symbol of the city and there are many offers to see a show. Some of them is included dinner and drink and the price starts from around €15 and it is possible to find around €25. We saw a show in a bar called La Carbonería. It has free entrance but the show is not very professional, even when you want to drink something the glassed were extremely dirty but anyway we had so much fun while watching the dance show.

The final destination of Spain was too impressive that we came back to Madrid to say goodbye to our lovely friends and we left behind many memories, lovely warm hearts and tears. I do not know whether the angels exist but I am sure that I saw some of them there.

It is sure that this adventure will continue!!!

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¡No olvidaís enviar las cartas!  / Do not forget to send postcards!

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Tapas en La Carboneria

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Desayunar en 13 cuarenta / Breakfast in 13 cuarenta

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Rabo del Toro / Bull”s Tail Stew

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Hamburguesitas de gambas al ajillo / Prawn burger with garlic

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Salmón a la parrilla con crema de puerros y zanahoria / Grilled salmon with cream of leeks and carrot

 

Homemade Burger Menu

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I’ve to admit that I am a burger addicted, but it should not be just a burger, but a custom burger, like mummade. So when I announced at home that I am going to cook burger menu, I meant that, yes I would prepare everything at home. So first I started to prepare burger bread.

for 2-3 people, prepare 2-2,5 hours , cook 25 min.

Ingrediets of burger bread

1/2 cup warm milk

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup warm water

1 tbsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar

1 cup yoghurt for top

1 tbsp. yeast

4-5 cup flour

Recipe

Put the yeast and warm milk in a bowl and let to sit 5-10 minutes. Put the rest of the ingredients except flour and mix them. Put the flour slowly until to get a soft dough. Tap the dough with a wet napkin and let to be doubled during 1-1.5 hour. When it is fermented make small pieces on egg size and put them on the oven tray and let them to be get doubled more in a warm place like 30 – 45 minutes more. When they’re get doubled make yoghurt wash on top of the dough pieces and spread sesame on top. Bake them on 180 C heated oven until they get red, around 20-25 minutes and breadsss are readyyyy for burger!!!

Prepare 30 min, cook 20-25 min.

Burger Ingredients

300 gr. ground beef

1 tbsp. salt

1/2 cup parsley

2 onions (one is to caramalize)

1 tsp sugar

5-6 cloves garlic

5-6 slice of cheddar

Pickle

Lettuce

1 tomato

Spice (cumin, chili, plack pepper, mint, oregano)

Burger Recipe

Put the meat, one onion, garlic and parsley in food processor and mix them well. Than add salt and spices. Put them in a bowl and knead it like a dough. Let the meat wait 15 mintutes. Then decide the size of burger and make burger pieces. I prefer middle size and thick pieces. When burgers are ready fry them slowly in a pan. When they are about to fry put cheddars on it and let the cheddar melt little bit.

Caramalize one onion with 1 tsp. sugar in same pan.

Burger time!!!!!

Put burger, lettuce, caramalized onion, cheddar, pickle,tomato on bread.

I served it with french fries, green salad and white wine with bitter lemon schweppes. Yummyyyy fast food time!!!

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Homemade Steak Dürüm

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As a family we’re not addiceted to eat meat dishes but sometimes kebab bells’re ringing for us and then there is no way than eating some meat dish.

This time I wanted to take advantage of mummade tortillas and we had one of yummiest dinner: dürüm. Dürüm is wrap in Turkish cuisine and it is kind of lord of the fast food of the cuisine. As you can eat it on restaurants in Turkey, also you can find it in some small cars on the streets that they prepare yummy dürüms.

for 2 people, prepare 10 min, cook 20 min.

Ingredients

500 gr. steak (chicken, beef, etc.)

2 tortillas

1 onion

4-5 clove of garlic

3 tomatoes

2 peppers

Spice (chili, oregano, mint, black pepper, salt)

3 potatoes

Olive oil

Recipe

First peel the potatoes and put them to be fried. Meanwhile, sauce the steaks with salt and oregano and fry  them on heated pan. While they are getting fried start to prepare the sauce: peel tomatoes and cut them on very small pieces and fry 3-4 minutes in 2 tbps olive oil, then add chopped peppers and garlics on tomatoes, and don’t forget to put spices on sauce! I used chili, salt, mint, black pepper. Meanwhile check the steaks and potatoes not to make them black!

Cook the sauce around 15 minutes and 5 minutes before the sauce is ready add ring chopped onion to the sauce. It is more tasty when the onion is not cooked much. When sauce and steaks were ready I cut the steaks on rectangle shape, first I spread the sauce on tortillas and put the steaks and fried potatoes on torttillas and wrapped it.

I served it also with more fried potatoes and blush wine and salad.

and happy end!

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Who doesn’t like Focaccia?

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One of the favourite part of Italian cuisine is the simplicity. It doesn’t have to have one hundred ingredients to create the delicious dishes and you don’t have to worry about ingredients you can just put what you have on your fridge. So focaccia is this for me: with couple of ingredients I can create very good tapas to be accompanied to a glass of wine or tea.

Let’s have a look my style of Focaccia.

for 3-4 people, prepare 20 min,  dough preparation 2 hr., cook 20 min.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour ( I prefer whole-wheat flour)

1 cup warm water

1 tbsp. dry yeast

1 tbsp. salt (sea salt)

1 tbsp. sugar

3-4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

For top

2-3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

15 pieces cherry tomato

1/2 tsp. oregano

1-1/2 tbsp. fresh rosemary

 

Recipe

Put the flour in a big bowl, mix it with salt and make a hole in the middle, put the yeast and sugar and then add warm water, and olive oil and make it come together. The dough will be soft but not sticky to your hand or if it is tacky, so you can decide whether you need more flour but usually this is enough.

When dough it ready let it to sit 1-1.5 hour until it has doubled size. Usually I keep it in warm place and top it with wet napkin.

After dough is ready divide it two pieces, spread little bit olive oit on oven tray and replace the dough on it, shape it square or to fit to pan by your hand, make olive oil wash on top, make the same process to the other part of dough as well.

In other bowl put the cherry tomatoes, 1 tbsp. olive oil, salt, oregano and rosemary and mix them well.

Make holes on the dough and replace the tomatoes on the top of it and let it sit 15 minutes more to be doubled much.

Cook it 20 minutes on heated oven on 2000C

P.S: you can add different ingredient on top like olives, garlic or one of my favourite one is with pesto and I eat it anytime of the day, on breakfast accompanied with tea and cheese or on dinner with wine and olive oil.

Que aprovecha.

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Baile de Colores / Dance of Colours: Barcelona

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Mientras vivimos los últimos días de este verano largo, hay que hablar bien sobre el verano y hay que olvidar estos día que los que nos mataban del calor.

Mi aventura de España fue la mejor la parte más interesante y la mejor parte de aquellos días calorosas.

En mi última articulo ya he contado como empezó la aventura, entonces lo continuamos.

Después de despedirnos de mi cariñosa amiga y de mi sobrino en Zaragoza, hemos continuado al viaje hacia Barcelona en tren. Nos encantan los trenes españolas. Aunque son un poco caros todavía son cómodos y rápidos. Encima las estaciones de trenes son pocos complejos que aeropuertos.

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Cuando llegamos a Barcelona todo  fue más fácil, es que cuando buscaba la dirección de hotel, mi marido mi aviso que me levantara la cabeza, es que hotel estaba tan cerca de la estación y era imposible no verlo. Nos quedamos en Hotel Torre Catalunya que seguramente fue una decisión muy bien, es que fue tan cómodo y con la vista de ciudad fue tan interesante. Encima los empleados fueron muy amables que estaba tan cerca al metro y así que fuimos a donde queremos fácilmente, además la red de metro es muy simple que viajar en ciudad fue tan relajado. Hemos comprado el billete de T10 por cada persona. Se cuesta €9,95 que fue suficiente durante nuestro tiempo de Barcelona.

Por cierto el hotel se cuesta €370,26 por 3 noches por dos personas y desayuno se cuesta €22, por supuesto preferimos descubrir rincones dıferentes de la ciudad para desayunar.

El destino primero fue ver seguramente los frutos de Gaudí, así hemos empezado de Sagrada Familia. Compré los billetes hace algunos días por internet y así no hemos perdido tiempo en la cola. Teníamos la entrada a las 9.45 así hemos llegado un poco más antes para desayunar alrededor de Sagrada Familia: hay los sitios tan bonitos para picar algo alrededor. La experiencia de verla fue fenomenal, es que el baile de los colores, la arquitectura tan impresionante y la inteligencia escondida entre las detalles se me impresionó mucho.

 

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Se cuesta €15 sin Audioguía. Hemos comprado uno y lo usamos en orden 🙂

Cuando llegamos al Park Güell el calor nos cansa mucho sino merece mucha pena ver la cara vistosa de la ciudad. El parque es un sitio muy bien para descansar, y entonces se puede ver la característica interesante de Gaudí: colores llamativos, las curvas, materiales de la naturaleza sigue estando aquí. Después de Park Güell no hemos olvidado otras obras de Gaudí y vimos también la Pedrera y la Casa Batlló.

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Eso fue mi segunda visita a Barcelona, por eso no querría correr sino vivirlo tranquilamente. Así tenía tiempo descubrir la Barrio Gótico y el Born, caminé en las Ramblas, vi el mar infinito, disfruté en Barceloneta y descubrí los sabores delicioso de la Boqueria.

El día siguiendo segura que teníamos que disfrutar con el agua maravillosa de Mediterráneo y descubrir los restaurantes de alrededor.

Barcelona tiene un ambiente muy energética y es obvio que llena de turistas, así es muy fácil conocer mucha gente nueva. Por eso hemos aprovechado de eso y fuimos a una reunión de Couchsurfing, así conocemos a amigas nuevas.

Como muchas ciudades interesantes Barcelona necesita mucho tiempo para descubrirlo. Teníamos una ruta rápida para obtener más idea sobre la ciudad y segura que tenemos que volverle para entrar dentro de la esta belleza. Es que allí tenéis todo: la historia, la arquitectura, el mar, las playas, sabores deliciosos, etc. Por eso es muy recomendable que se pierde en las calles y dentro la belleza de la ciudad. Entonces:

Hasta la vista baby.

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While we are living last days of this long summer, I’ve to say something good about it and we’ve to forget these days that were killing us by high temperature.

My Spain adventure was the most interesting and the best part of those hot days.

As I’ve already told about how the adventure was started and then we’re going to continue it.

After we said goodbye to my lovely friend and to my nephew we continued to our traveling towards Barcelona in train. Once again we fell in love with Spanish trains. Although it is little bit expensive they’re still comfortable and fast and also arrival to train stations is not as complicated as than arrival of the airports.

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When we arrived to Barcelona the easiest part was finding the hotel that my husband warned me to look at the around in case of searching the street name because when you look around it was impossible not to see hotel. We stayed in Hotel Torre Catalonia that it was very good decision to stay there because it was very comfortable and with beautiful view of the city it was very interesting. Also the staff was lovely and it was very close to metro so we were able to go to wherever we want and  besides the metro line are not complicated so it is very easy travel around the city. We bought T10 ticket per person. It costs €9, 95 that was sufficient during our stay there.

By the way, the hotel costs €370, 26 for 3 nights, for two people and the breakfast costs €22, of course we preferred to discover different corners of the city.

It is sure that our first destination of the city was seeing the fruits of Gaudi, so our first stop was Sagrada Familia. I bought the entrance couple of days ago through internet, so we didn’t waste time on the queue. Our entrance was at 9.45 A.M., so we arrived little bit earlier to have breakfast around: there are nice places to pick something around. The Sagrada Familia experience was great: the dance of colours, the impressive architecture and the intelligence hiding behind the details impressed me much.

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The entrance of Sagrada Familia costs €22 with audio, without it €15. We bought one and used one by one.

After falling in love with Sagrada Familia, we headed to Park Güel, so we just kept seeing more pieces of master.

When we arrived the Park Güel the heat made us very tired but this colourful face of the city worth all these affords. The park is very good location to have a rest and then to continue to see the interesting feature of Gaudi: striking colours, curves, the materials of nature keep going here. After spending a long time here we also didn’t forget to see the other pieces of Gaudi: la Pedrera and the Casa Batlló.

This was my second time in Barcelona and for this reason I didn’t want to run around the city but live it quietly. So, I had time to discover the Gothic Quarter and El Borne District, I walked around the Ramblas, looked at the infinite sea, enjoyed in Barceloneta and discovered delicious taste of Boqueria.

The next day of course we had to enjoy the marvelous Mediterranean Sea and to discover the restaurants around.

Barcelona has an energetic atmosphere and it is obvious that full of tourists, so it is very easy to know many people. So, we took advantage of it and joined a Couchsurfing meeting and then we met with new friends.

Like every interesting city Barcelona needs very long time to be discovered. We had a rapid route to gain more opinion about the city and it sure that we have to come back again to enter inside of this beauty. It is the city you have all: the history, the architecture, the sea, the beaches, delicious tastes, etc. For this reason it is recommendable that you should lose yourself between the streets and inside of the beauty of the city. Then let’s say:

See you soon baby.

 

Disfrutad con la gira / Enjoy with tour

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Cenamos en Barrio Gótico, Menu del día: Tres tapas, un plate de paelle cuesta €10. / We’re having dinner with Menu of the day: three tapas and paelle cost €10.

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El desayuno rápido antes de ver La Sagrada Familia / Quick breakfast before seeing La Sagrada Familia.

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Bar Piranya – Después de ver el Park Güell un destino muy bien para picar algo. Los bocadillos super deliciosos y la gente son muy amables y por supuesto no podriamos dejar sin comer churros!

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Bar Piranya – It is very good destination after seeing Park Güell. Yummy sandwiches and very friendly people just stayed on my mind. Of course we just couldn’t leave without eating churros!

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Descubrimiento de la Boqueria / Discovery of Boqueria

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Finalmente hemos encontrado el mejor sabor que buscabamos / Finally we found the most delicious taste that we were looking for. / Organic, La Boqueria

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Fue uno de mejor sabor de mi viaje / It was one of the most delicious taste of my journey

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Barcelonetaaaaaa

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Restaurante Portonovo: La comida fue tan deliciosa y no muy caro sino el servicio fue un poco pesado.Por lo menos los platos son muy grandes.

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Portonova restaurant: The food was delicious and it was not that much expensive. The service was little bit slow but at least the dished were so big.

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Una cena tan grande se cuesta €45 por dos personas / Very big dinner for two people costs €45

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Basílica de Santa María del Mar / El Born

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Casa Mila / La Pedrera

 

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Venga a perder en las calles / Let’s get lost in streets

 

 

Aventuras de España / The Spain Adventures : Zaragoza

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Después de pasar una semana tan divertida en Madrid salimos de la ciudad para transcurrir el fin de semana en Zaragoza. Ya habíamos comprado los billetes de tren y habíamos reservado en Hotel con la ayuda de mi cariñosa amiga.

Hemos comprado los billetes por Renfe, hemos elegido promo+ , es decir podríamos elegir nuestra asiento y tardó más a menos 1.5 horas.

Desde estación de tren cogimos el autobús 34 para ir a nuestro hotel que está ubicado en Plaza de España. Nos encanta el hotel, está en el corazón de la ciudad, está cerca de los sitios turísticos y sobre todo los rincones de tapas.

Pasamos dos días en Zaragoza y me parece dos días son suficientes para ver muchas cosas. Me llama mucha la atención La Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar y el Palacio y Palacio de la Aljafería, sobre todo me encanta la arquitectura islámica hispana, es que es muy diferente de la arquitectura de suelo de verlo.

A partir de esos hay muchos museos interesantes en Zaragoza. Lo que me llama mucha la atención en Zaragoza es la población mayor, es decir no vi tantos jóvenes y pensaba dónde están los jóvenes.

Y en fin os comparto las calles mis favoritos para ir de tapas. Me encantan las terrazas.

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After a funny week in Madrid we went out the city to spend weekend in Zaragoza. We’ve already bought the train tickets and made hotel reservation with the help of my lovely friend.

We bought the train tickets over Renfe and we chose promo+, it means we were able to choose out seat. It took almost 1.5 hour to arrive there.

When we arrived there we took the bus with number 34 to go to our hotel which was located in Plaza de España. We very liked the hotel that was located on the heart of the city, it was very close to too many touristic places and especially to the tapas corners.

We spent two days in Zaragoza and I think two days were enough to see many things. I very liked Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and The Aljaferia Palace. Especially I loved the architecture of Spanish Islamic that it is very different architecture than I used to see.

Apart from these there are many interesting museums is Zaragoza. The most interesting thing in Zaragoza was the old population. I mean I couldn’t see too many young people and I was wondering where they are.

At the end I share with you my favourite tapas streets. I love terraces.

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P.D: No olvidáis coger el billete gratis por cercanías a través de las maquinas de billete. Podéis escanear el código de QR que encima del billete al maquina o podéis poner el código que encima del billete manualmente.

P.S: Don’t forget to take free ticket for around through the ticket machines. You can scan the QR code on  the ticket or you can enter the code on the ticket manually.

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Disfrutamos ahora mismo / Time to have fun.

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Caminando hacia Pilar / Walking toward Pilar

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La vista desde hotel / View from hotel

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La Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar/  Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and The Aljaferia Palac

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Palacio de la Aljafería / The Aljaferia Palace

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Palacio de la Aljafería / The Aljaferia Palace

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Palacio de la Aljafería / The Aljaferia Palace

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Palacio de la Aljafería: Los techos son impresionantes / The Aljaferia Palace : The ceilings are impressive

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Palacio de la Aljafería: El patio con los árboles de naranja es tan bonita / The Aljaferia Palace: The orange trees in yard are very beautiful

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Palacio de la Aljafería / The Aljaferia Palace

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Palacio de la Aljaería / The Aljaferia Palace