Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tuesday - Huelva

Day 1: Flight to Spain and first evening in Seville
Day 2: Sunday in Seville
Day 3: Monday at the Alcazar
Day 4: Huelva

Our friends Ken and Martha, and their kids Alex, Abi, Andre, and Athena, are living in Huelva for the year.  Huelva is an hour west of Seville on the Atlantic coast, about 30 minutes drive from the border with Portugal.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sunday in Sevilla

Day 1: Flight to Spain and first evening in Seville
Day 2: Sunday in Seville
Day 3: Monday at the Alcazar
Day 4: Huelva

Sleeping Saturday night for the first time in about 36 hours, we awoke at the crack of noon.  Fortunately, that was about the extent of our jet lag for the week.

We met up with our friends again at Prado San Sebastian.  When you travel with your kids and you don't go to Disneyland, you have to incorporate some of this:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Flight to Spain and the First Night in Sevilla

Traveling to Spain

Since we would be spending a lot of time in airports, I splurged on a pair of Admirals Club passes
bought on Ebay for $35.  Each is good for 1 person plus kids, for as many airports as you will be visiting that day.  American Airlines sells them at the door for $50 per pass.  In retrospect, I don't think I would pay more than $5 for the privilege of sitting in an Admirals Club unless I were by myself and had work to do.  We almost missed one flight, and the time when we were stuck hours at the airport, we had to be at the gate because we didn't know when our flight was leaving.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Disneyland too expensive? Spain may be a better option.

Dearest Internet,

After an extended period of introspection and apathy, I write you from a small but lovely apartment in Seville, Andalucia, Spain.  If you don't want to read the details, skip to The Finagle, below.  Details on our trip will be added as I write them.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Low-Rolling in Vegas for Not Quite Free - Part 3


An original photo, for a change:  our breakfast.

Breakfast at Harrie's

We forewent free breakfast and instead headed 3 minutes up Swenson to our other favorite restaurant in Las Vegas, Harrie's Bagelmania, located in a shopping strip on Twain Ave. that has seen better days.  Once inside, this place feels like old Miami Beach.  Correction, this is Broward County all the way.  You will be welcomed and the person sitting behind you (and it is always one particular person in a party of two or more) is talking so loudly you can hear his entire conversation whether you choose to or not. That, and their website doesn't even have its own domain name, looks like the owner did it herself in 1997 when someone said she needed to get herself a website, and features the disclaimer, "If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas please visit the restaurant."  I did, but I'm fairly certain it had no impact.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Low Rolling for Not Quite Free in Las Vegas: Summary of Accounts


Tips for shuttle drivers @ SAN and LAS $4
Expenses (excluding CVS purchases) for 2 people:
Burger and Yogurt in San Diego Airport : $23
Rental car (total for 3 days): $67
1am breakfast for 1 (incl. tip): $10
Plus 12,837 southwest points + $10 for flights
Plus 24,000 Hyatt points for room

Total cash spent: $114 (of which $6 was tip)