October 17, 2013

Today we visited Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian peninsula, that shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar, or Calpe, is the major landmark of the region and is home to around 300 Barbary macaques

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History Lesson

An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain “in perpetuity” under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. During World War II it was an important base for the Royal Navy as it controlled the entrance and exit to the Mediterranean Sea, which is only eight miles (13 km) wide at this point.


We took a bus to the border crossing, and after having our passports checked, walked on through into Gibraltar. It was EXTREMELY cloudy for most of our visit, but we decided to make the best of it. We walked through the town, ate fries and saw some of our other classmates. We had the option to go up the mountain and see the monkeys, but the group couldn’t quite decide on an option because of the price, so we eventually split up.

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Even with a few hours to take in the city we managed to see a plane land, which seems normal unless the runway RUNS THROUGH THE HIGHWAY! How cool IS THAT!!

We ran back to the bus, and were off again, heading to Cádiz.

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History Lesson

Cádiz, a city and port in southwestern Spain, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe, has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century.

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As much as we looooovvedd visiting Cádiz, we got there during siesta time, which meant practically everything was closed. Unfortunately, we were there for dinner. *sigh*

Y’all already KNOW what happened, but I’ll vent it out either way. We were left with limited options, all decently priced AND having vegetarian options. However, none were less than 10-minutes walking distance from the other and we had limited time. Sesame and I had already made up our minds on the BUS that we weren’t dealing with the foolisness this time around. So when we chose a location, and Manerva, Kip and Amipa couldn’t decide, WE LEFT THEM! We gave them our map, and went off. When we got back to the bus we saw them there sin-food. Guess they really couldn’t decide on anything. *chuckles*

With all the attitudes emerging in close confines, it is time to not be on this trip anymore with some of these people.


 

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