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Title: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 16, 2010, 01:54:33 PM
Spain, January 2010

http://www.flickr.com/photos/olga_mouse/sets/72157623634321010/
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: WestCoast on March 16, 2010, 03:12:14 PM
Very nice photos Olga.  Spain in January, a nice change from the cold and snow of Moscow.  How was the weather in Spain?  Did you get a chance to go to the beach? 

I just got back from a rather nice vacation and spent about 2 weeks of it on the beach in Hawaii.  Did a little swimming, snorkelling, jetskiing, even managed to learn to surf a little.   :travel:
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: el_guero on March 16, 2010, 05:21:53 PM
Olga,

Thank you for the nice photos!

I have always wanted to go to Spain.

Someday!

wayne
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 17, 2010, 01:18:23 AM

Very nice photos Olga.


Thank you  tiphat


Spain in January, a nice change from the cold and snow of Moscow.


Yes, indeed a nice change - especially the winter sales prices for clothes & handbags, and regular supermaket prices for red wine  :chuckle:


How was the weather in Spain?  


From -3C to 0C at night, from +3C to +9C duing the day. Some snow, some rain, some sunshine - but always windy.


Did you get a chance to go to the beach?  


??? There are not many beaches in Madrid and Toledo, actually   :chuckle:

It surely might be OK for the inhabitants of Canadian West Coast to go to the beach and take a dip when it's zero C outside, but for me - uuh a spoiled Muscovite! - that was a bit too cold  :hidechair:
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: WestCoast on March 17, 2010, 02:48:25 AM

Very nice photos Olga.


Thank you  tiphat


Spain in January, a nice change from the cold and snow of Moscow.


Yes, indeed a nice change - especially the winter sales prices for clothes & handbags, and regular supermaket prices for red wine  :chuckle:


How was the weather in Spain?  


From -3C to 0C at night, from +3C to +9C duing the day. Some snow, some rain, some sunshine - but always windy.


Did you get a chance to go to the beach?  


??? There are not many beaches in Madrid and Toledo, actually   :chuckle:

It surely might be OK for the inhabitants of Canadian West Coast to go to the beach and take a dip when it's zero C outside, but for me - uuh a spoiled Muscovite! - that was a bit too cold  :hidechair:

Olga even the tough inhabitants of the Canadian west coast don't go to the beach when the temperature is zero C outside, except for the January 1 Polar Bear Swim. 

We all go to Hawaii where it is  28 C outside and the beaches are always perfect  :plane:.  Seriously there is always a lot of Canadians in Hawaii during the winter.   
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: msmoby on March 17, 2010, 03:38:36 AM

Did you get a chance to go to the beach?  

??? There are not many beaches in Madrid and Toledo, actually   :chuckle:

We've missed you W_C.. you plainly haven't been taking European Geography lessons, mate ;) The nearest coast in is nearly 300K (220 miles away !)




Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 17, 2010, 08:20:13 AM

W_C... you plainly haven't been taking European Geography lessons, mate ;)


I guess he paid no attention to the clothes people on my pics were wearing either...  :biggrin:

As for European geography lessons, I'd refrain from throwing a stone commenting - as my own knowledge of Canadian geography is very limited...
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: el_guero on March 17, 2010, 08:38:45 AM


Did you get a chance to go to the beach?  

??? There are not many beaches in Madrid and Toledo, actually   :chuckle:

We've missed you W_C.. you plainly haven't been taking European Geography lessons, mate ;) The nearest coast in nearly 300K (220 miles away !)






You might also point out, Hawaii is in the Pacific not the Med . . .

 :plane:

Ah but if the plane is right, just a skip and a hop.
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 17, 2010, 08:57:49 AM

You might also point out, Hawaii is in the Pacific not the Med . . .


I might also point out that I have simply posted a link to the pictures I've taken.

Never did I ask where West Coast prefers to go for his beach holidays. If he's volunteering this information - fine with me; I wouldn't scream out loud "That's an  :offtopic: !!!" - but, sincerely, I couldn't possibly care less  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: 2tallbill on March 17, 2010, 09:19:28 AM
Did you get a chance to go to the beach? 
??? There are not many beaches in Madrid and Toledo, actually   :chuckle:
We've missed you W_C.. you plainly haven't been taking European Geography lessons, mate ;) The nearest coast in nearly 300K (220 miles away !)

While Westy is famous for asking goofy, off topic and unrelated questions, he asked if she went to the beach
Before she told him where in Spain she went. She did note January in the Thread Title  ;D
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 17, 2010, 10:39:37 AM

Before she told him where in Spain she went.


The locations (city name, etc.) are clearly indicated under each picture:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/olga_mouse/sets/72157623634321010/detail/

I surely realize that an American or Canadian can't be expected to recognize European sights (even the ones included in World Cultural Heritage list - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list ) on the pictures; if they can tell Eiffel tower from Big Ben, and Prado from Hermitage, that's already a big achievement  :biggrin:

But was expecting the one who posts also being able to read too much?

Can't help remembering the old Soviet anecdote - Чукча не читатель, чукча писатель!  - and quoting Rasputin's post from another thread:


 The problem IMHO is that too many men don't pay attention to what a woman is actually telling them.

Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: el_guero on March 17, 2010, 12:34:19 PM
Hermitage?

A place for the hermits?

 :8)
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 17, 2010, 12:38:02 PM

Hermitage? A place for the hermits?


http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/

Are you really blond, El Güero?  :D
Title: Spain, January 2010
Post by: 2tallbill on March 17, 2010, 01:20:54 PM
NOTE Bill is tired of Olga Mouse #$%$# superior attitude, most people should
skip this post.

I haven't looked at your photos, if I wanted to look at photos, I would go
online and look at ones that were professionally done. Photos that told me things
about them.

So you can stop with your "all Americans are inferior" and have a nice glass of sweet
Moscow tap water to cool down. Oh that's right you can't drink the water in Moscow.
It must be because they spent all their time on geography classes and not enough
learning how to not $H!T in their drinking water.
 
I would be interested in your impressions of what you saw but not your superiority
complex.

Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: andrewfi on March 17, 2010, 01:33:01 PM
Bill, some of you guys are really special and I'd like you to know that we all value all of you, each and every special person here with us.

Yes Bill, you have a choice. You can look at Olga's pics or not.
Yes Bill, you have a choice. You can stay shtum and leave us to guess what kind of special person you are or you can write posts like yours above and remove all doubt about your specialness.
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 17, 2010, 01:50:27 PM

NOTE: Bill is tired of Olga Mouse #$%$# superior attitude, most people should skip this post.


 :popcorn:


I haven't looked at your photos,


I never claimed you did.

But as West Coast wrote "Very nice photos Olga", I presumed he looked at them - BEFORE I've mentionned here in what cities exactly I've been.


if I wanted to look at photos, I would go online and look at ones that were professionally done.

Photos that told me things about them.


Bill, you are surely free to make your own choices about what to look at, and what not to look at.

But wouldn't it be wiser to refrain from commenting about something you haven't looked at?  ???


So you can stop with your "all Americans are inferior" and have a nice glass of sweet Moscow tap water to cool down.


Could you please let me know how did you come to the conclusion that Moscow tap water is sweet?

And why do you think I shall cool down?  :innocent:


Oh that's right you can't drink the water in Moscow.


Bill, if YOU decide for yourself that YOU can't drink the water in Moscow - that's your own choice.

I personally drunk tap water during all my childhood & teenage years, and am still doing it from time to time now - even though I've brough a few bottles of nice dry red wine from Spain  :innocent:


It must be because they spent all their time on geography classes and not enough learning how to not $H!T in their drinking water.


...and who are they you are referring to? How are they related to the pictures I've taken in Spain?


I would be interested in your impressions of what you saw but not your superiority complex.


Bill, you claimed that the photos I've taken are unprofessional ones, that have not told you things about them - all even without looking at them.

I wrote above: As for European geography lessons, I'd refrain from commenting - as my own knowledge of Canadian geography is very limited...

You DO judge things you haven't even seen. I don't blame a Canadian for not knowing European geography, because I myself know very little about Canadian geography.

So who's having a superiority complex here then?  :innocent:
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: msmoby on March 17, 2010, 01:51:35 PM

You might also point out, Hawaii is in the Pacific not the Med . . .


Sorry, I'm trying to work out who thought, otherwise...  :-[
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: msmoby on March 17, 2010, 02:04:15 PM

While Westy is famous for asking goofy, off topic and unrelated questions, he asked if she went to the beach
Before she told him where in Spain she went. She did note January in the Thread Title  ;D


Hi Beel, You are right of course.. sorry W_C ... I guess you assume all Russian like to swim any time and that Spain is 'warm' at this time of year..     :chuckle:

 Last week Majorca Barcelona and some parts of the French Riviera had snow, too !


Olga: in flickr - before / after you upload your pictures, you can rename 'em and add 'tags'

by tagging them ( with say) Madrid you can later search 'em..

Flickr even has the opportunity to geo-tag (place a photo on a map)

http://www.*Unapproved Link*4409817524/

In this shot you can see we were off Cossack Square ;)
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: el_guero on March 17, 2010, 05:01:26 PM

Hermitage? A place for the hermits?


http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/

Are you really blond, El Güero?  :D

Am I?  Yes, but that is not what "El Güero" means.  It is merely easier to translate roughly than to expect anglos to understand nuances of meaning.

;)

So, does this mean the hermits have a museum?  Might I find a note or two about Anthony?  Father Anthony the Great that is?

Or might I buy an egg instead?  I hear Faberge eggs are in vogue this time of year.

;)
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: 2tallbill on March 18, 2010, 01:32:23 PM
Miss Mouse,

I acted and posted inappropriately and I humbly apologize for doing so.
I am sorry and will try to behave better in the future. I have asked others
to give the treat the few FSUW brave enough to post here more kindly and
I have acted hypocritically by doing the opposite.

In addition I specifically asked you to create a thread like this and when you
did, I treated you poorly. I hope that you forgive my poor behavior.

Bill
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: 2tallbill on March 18, 2010, 03:53:31 PM
Bill, some of you guys are really special and I'd like you to know that we all value all of you, each and every special person here with us.

Yes Bill, you have a choice. You can look at Olga's pics or not.
Yes Bill, you have a choice. You can stay shtum and leave us to guess what kind of special person you are or you can write posts like yours above and remove all doubt about your specialness.

Yeah I am special, I got 4th place in the Special Olympics geography contest and spelling bee. I missed
the bronze medal by not making the common mistake of thinking New England was in Europe close to old
England kind of like New Mexico and Mexico are and that New Zealand was founded by a group of Zealots
hence the name. I luckily was able to spell USA correctly edging out the retarded boy from New Guinea which
many who don't know Geo graffy like me is where they mint English coins  :)

Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Jinx on March 31, 2010, 11:54:31 AM
 Beautiful photos Olga. I was there in November and loved it. Spent most of my time in southern Spain (Andalucia Region) but a few days in Madrid as well. Plaza Mayor looks so empty in your photo....it was so crowded when we were there.

 I fell in love with Spain and have a better appreciation for Muslim architecture too...so many amazing buildings and mosques converted to Christian churches (at least they didn't destroy them all) If you ever go back, visit the Alhambra in Granada...I will never forget this place.
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 31, 2010, 03:28:25 PM

 Beautiful photos Olga.


Thanks!  tiphat


 Plaza Mayor looks so empty in your photo... it was so crowded when we were there.


This is the great advantage of traveling in the low season  :innocent:


 If you ever go back, visit the Alhambra in Granada... I will never forget this place.


Not sure whether I will go BACK to the places I've already been to (twice Barcelona & around; once Madrid and Toledo); but surely the southern Spain is one of the priority destinations on my travel list  :nod:

Apart from Al Hambra, I'd like to see also Sevilla and Valencia  :innocent:

Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: msmoby on March 31, 2010, 03:41:37 PM
Ms Mouse it's Alhambra  :-  .and you gotta see it..   Barce[lona] worth a visit ?

Hardly seen any Russians in Majorca [Mallorca] ....
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: Olga_Mouse on March 31, 2010, 03:52:09 PM

Ms Mouse it's Alhambra  :-)  and you gotta see it...


The name is Arabic - and in Arabic "al" is an article  :biggrin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhambra


 Barce[lona] worth a visit ?


SURE!!!  :o  

La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, fountains' square, Barri Gotic, La Rambla, El Pueblo Espanol!!!

And if you have more time, take local trains to a) Tarragona (Roman amphitheater & great medieval cathedral ) and b) Figueres (Dali museum).


Hardly seen any Russians in Majorca [Mallorca] ...


Wait just 1 month, till May 1  :nod:
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: 2tallbill on March 31, 2010, 06:02:12 PM

Ms Mouse it's Alhambra  :-)  and you gotta see it...


The name is Arabic - and in Arabic "al" is an article  :biggrin:

 :offtopic:

Ok, I got a way off topic question for our resident linguist. Mexico is the
country to the South of the USA and they call it Meh-hee-co which is what it
is in Spanish, but in English we call it Mexico because that is what it is called
in English.
 
:offtopic:

Further more My name is Bill which in Russian I argue should be spelled
Былл but I am told that I am most definitely wrong and it should be spelled Билл

Ok, so why
1. Al Hambra which hasn't been under Arabic control in a very long time is
not Alhambra ?
2. Why is Bill not spelled Былл ? after all you can use heels to walk up hills?


** Mods if Ms Mouse finds the time to answer my off topic questions feel free to
move this into one of the language sections.
Title: Re: Spain, January 2010
Post by: el_guero on April 08, 2010, 09:10:24 PM
Bill

They call it Mexico, because that is the closest pronunciation of the tribal culture for those people mistakenly called, 'Aztec.'  Their culture was called 'Mexica' and their tribe was called 'Tenochca'.

And in Spanish, 'x' is an aspirated 'eckkhs'.  And in English there is no equivalent.  Since there is no equivalent, many people mispronounce it.  By mispronouncing it, they often come close to a 'meh-hee-koh' rather than Mexico. 

As far as Al Hambra and Beeell, you are on your own. 

;)