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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Huelga General


A rather sultry call for solidarity!


We were in Spain over a general strike and  luckily it didn't disrupt any of our plans. Given the combination of high unemployment in Andulusia and the proposed austerity measures, I can understand why there was a high turnout. At the Parador in Ubeda they gave us a letter explaining that during the strike the hotel would be operating with a reduced number of staff and they thanked us for our "collaboration". Were we collaborating with the strikers or the bosses? I think cooperation was the word that was lost in translation!

I found this stuck on an ATM in Cordoba.

We drove from Ubeda to Grenada on the day of the strike and dropped our rental car off at the train station. The police had shut down several roads and so we rolled our suitcases behind us for about a mile as the taxi drivers said they couldn't get us close enough to the hotel, at least that what we presumed they were saying!

Despite our sympathy for the cause we felt badly for the tourists who had visited Grenada with plans to visit the Alhambra. It was closed on the day of the strike and sold out for  subsequent days, so they missed their opportunity completely. While we arrived on the day of the strike we were very lucky to have reservations for the Alhambra on the following morning. 



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