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Screaming Zaragoza

On September 10, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I had breakfast.  Ivan and I shared toast, French omelet and cheese.  Lil Dave had a banana omelet and bananas on toast.  The weather was perfect so we ate outside.

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The views were amazing.

We checked out of the hotel and then started driving back down the mountain.

It was only a short drive to Naturalandia in Sant Julià de Lòria.  It’s a theme park with archery, a big ropes course, an arcade, biking, golf putting range, rollerblading, pony rides, atvs and the longest alpine toboggan ride in the world.  It was up in the mountain with amazing views.

We rode the toboggan ride called Tobotronc. Ivan and I figured out that the ride only had like 8-10 toboggans that’s why the wait was so long for it.  This ride is over 3 miles long which includes the ride going up the mountain.  The toboggan is secured to the railing and the person in the back controls it by using the levers.  You put it forward to go fast and backwards to slow down.  The heavier person goes in the back.  So, I hopped in the front and we started going up the mountain which took a few minutes.

The toboggan ride is so fun.  We were screaming since it seems like the toboggan is going to fly off..even though you know it’s gotta be safe and you’re not going to, but you still think it anyway.

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Next, we tried different things like biking, the golf putting range, archery and rollerblading.  I liked the archery since I’ve never tried it.  It made me think of Kagome from the anime Inuyasha.

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Ivan was good at it since he’s done it before.   I kept trying until I finally hit the target. 

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It was time to go on the toboggan ride again.  It was a lot of fun again. 

Watch us on the fun Tobotrnc:

It was time to hit the road.  Ivan started driving us towards Zaragoza at 2 pm.  The drive was a few hours.

We arrived at the Airbnb place near Zaragoza.  It was a big house with a nice family.  Their house looked really modern and custom designed with a big pool. The lady who lived there with her family was very very friendly and showed us around the house and told us about Zaragoza.

Ivan drove to Zaragoza for dinner.  We were driving around and got lost.  The roads and freeways are confusing.

We couldn’t really find a restaurant to eat in (and walked out of one place which seemed rather expensive). Luckily we stumbled across a street with a bunch of tapas bars on it, and so went on a little mini tapas tour, going to a few places and getting some wine and a whole bunch of tasty tapas in each place.

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It seemed pretty quiet out, which was understandable seeing as it was a Monday night, so after getting our fair share of tapas, we hopped in the car and drove back to the house.

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Surreal Mountain

Ivan and I had the free breakfast at 9:20 am on September 9, 2012. 

We packed everything up and left at 10:10 am.

Ivan started driving us towards Figueres.  We were going there to see The Dalí Theatre and Museum. The drive was 3 hours or so, starting through climbing the mountains out of Cadaqués, then onto aboring regular road.

There was a line for The Dalí Theatre and Museum when we arrived.  It didn’t look that long though.  So, we decided to wait in it – if it became 12 pm we would do the tour which skips the line.  The line moved pretty quickly and we were inside. 

The first room was really big and had a antique car with a big woman on it with an upside down boat with water coming down from the boat. 

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Very strange.

We walked around the cool museum which was really big.  The odd thing was that there were no explanations of the surreal art.  I guess you’re supposed to figure it out on your own.  There was actually a few pieces like 4 or so that had explanations.. not sure why these ones. 

There were other surrealistic artists in the museum as well. 

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There were lots of Dalí’s famous works like the golden bread and Gala Nude Looking at the Sea Which at 18 Metres Appears the President Lincoln

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I thought it was very cool and odd at the same time. 

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The jewelry was also interesting that was created by Salvador Dali.

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I like surreal art since it doesn’t really make sense but it does look cool.

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It was a great museum even though we had no clue what we were seeing.. not sure if that was the point since it’s surreal art. 

The cool thing about the museum is that the whole thing was designed by Dali himself. Apparently the building used to be a theatre which had a bad fire, and when Dalí decided to create a museum he chose the theatre and redesigned it exactly to his specifications.

It was time to get some lunch.  We ate at Creperie Bretonne which was designed by Salvador Dalí. 

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Ivan and I got two gallettes: La Maraichere with potatoes, onions, cod fish with a red pepper sauce and the La Beamelloise with spinach, smoked salmon, goat cheese and grated almonds.  It was really tasty.

We took pictures of the cool car that had a sink put in it. 

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Lil Dave really liked the car since the car has bananas on it.

We started driving again at 2 pm headed towards Andorra.  It was really quiet on the roads, which makes driving very stress-free. Its almost as if nobody likes to drive in Spain, because there would be some moments when we would barely see a single car for over 15 minutes.

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The views were beautiful with the Pyrnees mountains around us.

The windy road up to the mountain village of Bixelsarri was really small – it wasn’t scary because of the drop since there was a barrier.. but I was afraid we might crash into a car that was going too fast coming down the mountain. We really weren’t sure if we were going the right away as the road was very windy with lots of switchbacks and tight turns. Eventually luckily we did arrive at the guesthouse which appeared to be in the middle of nowhere (which is a good thing when you are surrounded by beautiful mountain views – or at least we would be if it hadn’t of been getting dark and pouring with rain!)

We checked in to the Hotel Parador de Canolich.  Our room was spacious and had a lovely view of the mountains. (this picture was taken the next day when the weather was beautiful)

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Ivan and I used the fast internet which is amazing since we were way up in the mountains.

It was time for dinner at 9 pm. We sat in the dining room in the guesthouse, and the mother and son took our order while the father manned the bar.  Ivan and I shared a salad with a delicious honey vinaigrette, cod carpaccio and a mushroom cannoli.  The food was so delicious.

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