Pond Jumpers: Spain

Archive for November, 2010

Day trip to Segovia, Spain: the Aqueduct, the Cathedral, and the Castle

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Segovia is a historic town located 56 miles north of Madrid. Last weekend, Jay and I took a last-minute day trip there with our new friends, Gaelle and Thibaut, who are in my Spanish class. Segovia is only a 30-minute high-speed train ride from Madrid (though it really took us an hour and a half because it took us 30 minutes on

Madrid with my parents: Costume Museum, San Francisco Basilica and a day in Toledo

Friday, November 12th, 2010

After our cruise, my Mom and Dad made their way back to Madrid with us to see the city and what life was like for us living here. It was tight quarters in our small studio apartment for four of us, but we had lots of fun. It was hard for them to imagine how Jay and I could live together in one room for so long without getting in each

Family Cruise Diary: Sinop, Turkey and Sevastopol, Ukraine and a final day at sea

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Sunday, October 10 – Sinop, Turkey: Our day in Sinop was another low-key day, but it was one of the most enjoyable to me. The weather was absolutely perfect and sunny. We walked all around town and along their long sea front. It offered pretty views of our cruise ship, which was docked alone and dominated the town’s

Family Cruise Diary: Sochi, Russia and Trabzon, Turkey

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Friday, October 8 – Sochi, Russia: We spent the day in the 2014 Winter Olympics city – Sochi, Russia. Usually tourists need visas to visit Russia, but on a one-day cruise stop, you just need to be part of a Russian-authorized tour group. The cruise companies like to scare people and tell them they can’t get off unless they are