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Wine Cafe

Ivan and I went out at 10:30 am on December 19, 2012 to the Brazilian Embassy.  There was a long line, but it turned out that a few of the people were picking up their passports.  I’m glad the lady remembered me from yesterday.  I showed her the new statement with December transactions.  She crossed out Doesn’t Have In on my form.  She charged me 883.25 pesos which Ivan says is 200 more than it should be.  I guess she charged me more since I didn’t have my entry ticket and for not having my bank statement the first time.  I still think the lady is really mean.  The lady said that my passport would be ready tomorrow.  I asked her what time I could come and she said from 11 am to 1 pm.

I had to go to the Itaú bank nearby to pay the money for my Brazilian visa.

We went to the vegan restaurant Picnic for lunch.  Ivan got a wok while I got a falafel sandwich.  My sandwich was tasteless and needed hummus or something.  Ivan’s wok was okay.  I ate some of his since mine was so bad.  There were only two falafels in the sandwich which wasn’t even real falafel.  The restaurant has 8 things on the menu and Ivan thinks that they should make sure every dish is delicious since they ONLY have 8 items on the menu.  I would definitely avoid this restaurant unless you’re into bland food.

Ivan wanted to do a self guided walking café tour in Buenos Aires.  He picked a few cafes from the café crawl that’s listed in the Lonely Planet’s Best of Buenos Aries guidebook.  Ivan thought it would be good to get one or two things at each of the cafes we went to.  I thought it was a great idea especially since I was still a bit hungry after the light lunch I had.

Our first stop was Café Tortoni which is the oldest café in Buenos Aires opening in 1858.  The décor is great with the colorful stained glass ceilings. 

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Ivan and I each had an espresso.

We walked to the next café City London.  Ivan ordered a gancia batido for us to share.  This Italian apertif made with soda and lemon is tasty. 

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The café is known for its pastries – tried to order a flan, but they didn’t have any available.

Next stop was Café La Puerto Rico.  Ivan and I had a tasty slice of strawberry pie and a sparkling water. 

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I noticed a Malfada statue and thought it was really cute.  Malfada is an Argentine cartoon character.

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We walked to Bar El Federal which has a cool wooden arch over the bar.  The bar is lowered so that the barmen are eye to eye with the seated customers.  At first, Ivan thought the barman was a midget but then he remembered the description he read in the guidebook.  Here, we shared a tasty apple strudel.

Our last café stop was Plaza Dorrego Bar which has been visited by Robert DeNiro and Eric Clapton. 

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The wooden walls have lots of writing carved into it.  Ivan and I each had an espresso.

We walked around San Telmo where we browsed the unique shops.  There’s also lots of antique markets, but we didn’t check out the markets.

Later, we went to the Anuva Wines wine tasting.  Ivan and I were in a group with 5 other people for the wine tasting.  I was into writing down notes about each wine such as the color, aroma and taste of the wine that I forgot to take pictures.  We had 5 wine tastings which were paired with 5 Argentine tapas. 

Daniella told us about the wine which were limited edition wines.  The first wine was a sparkling wine called Hom which was very light and airy.  It was paired with a bruschetta with cheese, apple, arugula and walnut. 

The next was a white wine made from the Torrontes grape.  This Las Perdices wine was floral and bitter.  I have really liked Torrontes wine in the past at the Etchart winery, but this one didn’t have the best flavor.  Two lovely sorbets were paired with the wine: strawberry and banana and peach and orange juice.

The third wine was a Bonarda red called Mairena.  It was a smooth tasting wine that was paired with salami, grueyere and fontina cheese. 

It was nice that it was unlimited wine pourings if we liked a wine. 

The next two wines were presented by an English girl named Poppy who’s training.  The fourth wine was a red Malbec called Carinae Gran Reserva.  This was our favorite wine of the night which was oaky and plum in color.  This wine was paired with a beef and potato empanada. 

Our last wine was a red called Caluna.  This was a another tasty wine that looked like dark red paint.  It was paired with 2 types of delicious chocolate, one from Ecuador and the other from Venezuela. 

Here’s Ivan and me with Poppy and Daniella for one of our project pictures.

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The wine tasting was great.  At the end, we got a price list of the wines which were expensive wines.  Ivan thinks the wine tasting is worth the $52 USD per person since the wines are pricey and you can drink as much as you want.

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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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Kiwi Scooter

On August 6, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 10 am. 

We had breakfast at Kolenda.  Ivan and I shared a berry shake and a tuna sandwich since the breakfast menu was very limited.  Lil Dave got a banana and strawberry shake and a banana sandwich…but the important thing was…they had free wifi!!! And we used that free wifi for much longer than it took to eat the sandwich and drink the shake!

After getting our internet stuff done, we headed to the scooter rental place and rented a scooter, then set off driving around the island with some cool music playing from the iPod. 

The views were beautiful everywhere and there was hardly any traffic.

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Ivan had done his research and found that one of the top restaurants on Tripadvisor for this island was just a few miles away and so that was where we decided to head off to for lunch. It was located in this very, very small village which looked like the restaurant was the main business…and probably only business.

It was called Konoba Mate and we grabbed a table under the beautiful terrace which was surrounded by olive vines. We had goat cheese ravioli in a sage sauce and seafield (maybe it was supposed to be seafood since it had monkfish, prawns, zucchini and saffron in it?) pasta.  The meal was lovely and we decided to buy some of their home made dried apple rakia also.

We then decided to head to Pupnatska Luka Beach which was described on the map as ‘the most beautiful bay on the island’. With a description like that, we were sold!

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The views down to the bay were simply incredible as we rode down the winding mountain road.

Once at the beach, we grabbed a chair and enjoyed the water and chilled on our seat. It was not too busy at all (unlike some other beaches we had seen in Croatia) and the water was beautiful.

The ride back was just as pleasant, and after grabbing some gas from what appeared to be the only gas station on the island, we returned the bike and then brought some more yogurt and cherry gelato from Kiwi because…well..because it’s so good that’s why!

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We took pictures with the Old Town in the background.

We then headed to the sunset bar Bar Massimo, which was a lot quieter than the night beforehand.  This bar is in a turret and you have to climb up a ladder.  The drinks are brought to the top by pulley.

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We got a seat right by the side of the turret and drank a very badly made mojito while enjoying the view nice sunset.

After the sun said goodbye, we headed back through the old town to our apartment to chill for a bit.

For dinner, we decided to head to U Maje i Tonke again seeing as the meal was so good the night before hand.  We enjoyed onion marmalade, aurbergine rolls and smoked tuna.

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Bella Tapas

On August 5, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I packed everything up.  We went to eat lunch at a restaurant in the Old Town – not sure of the name.  Ivan and I shared a tomato vegetable soup, squid stew (was too good, but had a very strong squidy flavor) and mussels in a lovely tomato garlic sauce.  Lil Dave got a banana stew and a banana and crème soup. 

I went souvenir shopping around the Old Town.  We went to check out the bar called Cafe Bar Buza.  We saw a hole in the wall and there was the cool bar.  I noticed it during the kayaking trip. 

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It has a beautiful view of the sea.  The bar is nestled on the rocks and people jump from the cliffs into the water. 

We went back to the apartment and picked up our luggage.  We said good-bye to the nice lady.

Off into a taxi we went to the bus station.  The bus left at 3 pm from Dubrovnik headed to the island of Korčula, Croatia.  Ivan and I watched an episode of Episodes while Lil Dave took a monkey nap.

The bus stopped for a break at Restaurant Bella Vista which had a beautiful view.  The line for the girl’s toilet was super long.  Why does it take girls so long to use the toilet/  I take about 1 to 2 minutes to do my business while most girls take like 5 minutes or more.  I just don’t understand it – are they peeing REALLY slow or taking a big fat dump?  The break was 30 minutes which is longer than most bus breaks.

I worked on the blog.  The bus drove onto the ferry boat at 5:50 pm.  We sat down and enjoyed the breeze and the views. 

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We arrived after 6 pm.  There was a lady holding a sign for Hotel Marijana (pronounced almost like Mariana).  Marijana is similar to marijuana without the u.. do think that’s why Ivan booked it?!

We followed Marijana to the hotel and checked in.

The hotel is listed as having free wi-fi, but the internet only works in the courtyard and it’s the city’s free wi-fi which is available in a few places – only seems to work in certain spots of the courtyard as well.  A bit like false advertising to me.

After putting our backpacks down, we went to the sunset bar called Bar Massimo in the Zakerjan Tower.  It was packed with Aussies (Australians).  Ivan thought it was because the Sail Croatia boat stops here.  It was too crowded there to relax.. Ivan thought it best that we come back tomorrow.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to the tapas restaurant U Maje i Tonke.  I saw a flyer at the hotel and thought it sounded good. 

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Ivan and I shared the little platter (which came with different things like onion marmalade, homemade goat cheese, chickpea with anchovies and aubergine spread ), aubergine rolls, tomato soup and smoked tuna.  Lil Dave got banana rolls, banana salad and chicken and banana pasta.  We had a fig liqueur with our meal.  The food was delicious.  I really liked the onion marmalade and the aubergine rolls. 

After dinner, we walked around and checked out the cool postcards.  We had yogurt and cherry ice cream at Kiwi.  It was delectable!

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We walked back and used the internet in the courtyard.

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Forest Tour

Ivan, Charisse, Noelle, Lil Dave and I left Sol Bahia Apartamentos at 9:15 am on July 12, 2012 for the airport.  None of us really got much sleep that night…in fact by ‘not much sleep’, for some of us that means ‘no sleep’.

The Vueling check-in was longer than the security part which is usually the opposite.  We boarded our Vueling airplane and headed off to Barcelona at 10:55 am.  All of us were so tired that we fell asleep even before take-off.  I didn’t wake up until our flight was coming in to land.Our plane arrived at 12:40 pm and we saw flamenco dancers dancing in front of a store at the airport.  We waited awhile for our luggage…the Spanish are so slow. I guess its all that sunshine and wine, and insistent on taking siestas all the time! 

We took the bus to Las Ramblas which takes 20 minutes.  We met up with Andreas at his apartment that we booked through Airbnb.  He was a nice Spanish guy who showed us around the two bedroom apartment.  It was a lovely apartment right on Las Ramblas.  The location was awesome and the Carrefour (supermarket) is right downstairs.

Everybody took a much needed nap.  I was feeling really sick.  Noelle looked at our throats and they were really red.  She said my tonsils had white dots on them.  She figured we had a viral infection or strep throat.  I’m hoping it’s the former. 

Ivan took a shower and started his own ‘fiesta del agua’. The bathroom was FLOODED! It turned out the shower had a leak and the water had gone under the bathroom door and into the bedrooms also!  An angry Spanish lady came from the downstairs apartment.  I don’t know what she was saying.  She was talking in Spanish to Noelle.  I’m guessing it translated as ‘Water is dripping into my apartment below – WHY??!!!!?!?!?!’

I felt really bad and didn’t end up going to the tapas tour.  Ivan, Noelle and Charisse went to The Taste Barcelona. Ivan said they visited about four different places, and had cheese, tapas of all different kinds, and plenty of interesting drinks like Vermouth and local wines.

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I drank some water when they left.  I was going to get up and use the internet.  But, I felt so tired and fell back asleep.  I didn’t even get up to open the door when Andreas came to fix the shower – I was THAT tired. 

Andreas came later.  He said that he brought tools and somebody would be coming by to fix it soon.  I said that’s fine.  He kept apologizing that the shower was broken.  He gave us the last night for free.

I talked to Ivan on Facebook chat.  He said that the tour was good and it was finishing up soon.  He said that he was bringing me tapas from the tour.  Hurray!

Ivan, Charisse and Noelle came back at 10:25 pm.  I ate cheese and crackers, mussels filled with baked with something inside, potatoes, salami and a dessert.  It was really tasty!

Later on, we walked to Bosc De Les Fades which is a forest bar.

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When you walk in, there’s cool animals made out of wax – I guess it’s like wax origami.  The bar looks like a forest. 

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There’s even a waterfall.  One of the rooms had a lady floating near the ceiling, a small bed (just my size!) and weird décor. 

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There was a mirror – above a light was on, when the light turned off.. a figure of a man showed behind the mirror.  Ivan and I each had a cava (sparkling wine) which was really dry.  Noelle had a grape juice while Charisse got a San Francisco fruity drink.  We chatted and drank our drinks.  It was almost closing time.  So, we finished our drinks and went back to the apartment.

We were all tired and went to bed at 1:40 am.

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Swimming Tapas

On July 10, 2012, I woke up late at 2:30 pm…well, late to some people but not if you miss party animal like I am and don’t go to bed before 5am! .Lil Dave and Ivan were already up.  Everybody had lunch at the hotel before heading out.

We got a taxi to another part of San Antonio at Playa Es Pouet Beach.  We were going to rent a boat for a few hours with Star Boats.  We saw these boats yesterday during our speed boat tour, and thought ‘oo that looks like fun!’

Ivan, Noelle and Charisse went to get wine and food at the store so we could have a mini-party on board the boat.

They came back and then we boarded the boat.  

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Ivan was the capitan even wearing the pirate hat that I got at Elrow.  Our first stop was a cave. 

Ivan wanted to check out Cala Bassa beach, so we drove there.  I put the anchor down into the sand.  We swam to the beach from our boat.  It was a lovely beach.  Ivan was told that it’s the best beach in Ibiza. 

Noelle was making buildings from the Las Vegas Strip out of sand like the Luxor and Wynn. 

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Everybody went swimming and relaxed on the beach.  Ivan buried Noelle in the sand and gave her pointy boobs. 

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We swam back to the boat.

Ivan steered our boat towards Café Mambo for the sunset.  He parked our boat in front of Café Mambo. 

Ivan, Noelle and I swam in the water.  There was a big boat next to us filled with 10 British guys.  One of them started talking to me while I was in the water.  He wanted the single girls on the boat to come over.  I said you should go over there and talk to them. 

The Scottish guy was named Shan who used to be a footballer. 

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Later, we saw the famous sunset while drinking rose wine.  We listened to Afrojack for a short time.  We drove back to the Playa Es Pouet Beach and returned the boat at 9:40 pm. 

We had a great time on the boat and the beach.

We walked to San Antonio Centre.  We were thinking about going to the restaurant El Quijote.  It was too expensive though and the servers weren’t very friendly….It seemed like all the food there was double what other places charge.

Instead, we ended up at our favorite El Rincon de Pepe

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We all shared lots of tapas like baby squid, Russian salad, mussels with salsa, fried rayfish, anchovies, fish croquettes, jamon iberica and sardines.  I tried jamon for the first time and it was very tasty.

It was time to head back to the hotel.  Ivan thought it would be a good idea for us to relax and not party – so we were in bed about 1:30 am…which is early for us!

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Pepe’s Elrow

Lil Dave and I woke up at 11 am on July 7, 2012.  Ivan was already up.  I went to get a facial at 12 pm at IBZ Look.  Ivan packed everything up and met me at the salon.

We walked towards our new hotel at 1:30 pm.  We went to Villa Manchega for lunch.  Ivan and I shared salmon and a seafood salad.

We walked to Sol Bahia Apartamentos and checked in.  We checked out the two rooms.  We decided to be nice and give Charisse and Noelle the room with a balcony with a bay view – they would be arriving tonight.  Our room had a living room and a bigger kitchen.  Lil Dave was happy that he got the couch as his own bed.

Ivan and I chilled by the pool.  We wanted to take a nap, but it was still bright when you closed your eyes.

We headed up to the room and took a long nap.

We used the internet.  Charisse and Noelle’s flight was delayed from Barcelona.  The girls arrived at the hotel at 8:30 pm. 

Everybody got ready to go out.

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We walked along the bay passing Café Mambo and Café Del Mar. 

We walked to great tapas restaurant El Rincon de Pepe.  We wanted to sit outside, but there wasn’t a table available. 

We sat outside and ordered peppers and aubergine, squid in batter, sardines, anchovies, baked cod and fish croquettes.  We chatted, ate tapas and drank rose.  The food was delicious again.

Ivan, Charisse, Noelle and I walked along the beach.  Ivan thought we should get a drink before heading to the nightclub Privilege.  Ivan and I thought Ibiza Rocks looked good. 

We sat down and got a drink at Ibiza Rocks.  Ivan and I each got a tasty passion fruit Caprioska.  Noelle started talking to four guys from Wales. 

We wanted to get the free bus to Privilege, but Ivan figured we should just get a taxi since we’d have to wait for the bus.  We flagged down a taxi and headed off to Privilege.

The event was called Elrow in the Vista room.  Privilege is the biggest nightclub in the world, but we were in the annex.

A cool dome was outside where people were chilling out.

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Ivan was told that Elrow wouldn’t be busy, but there was definitely a lot of people in the annex.  Since it was an event for locals, there was about 80% Spanish. The music was alright.  It was really stuffy in the club since there was no ventilation or air-conditioning.  We saw crazy clowns, a lady on an elephant (fake of course) and a gorilla.

Later, up above on a platform we saw lots of blow-up things like inner tubes and hammers.  There are stages where dancers dance.  A few people were up there putting circle stickers on people.  I didn’t know what it meant.  A couple of people were also in the crowd putting stickers on people’s faces or shirts.

The blow-ups started coming down and the people on the stages were handing out different hats like Chinese bamboo hats, umbrellas and glittery top hats.

I grabbed an inner tube and got two top hats.

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We ended up getting different blow-up stuff and dancing with them. 

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We were about to leave and a guy wanted to switch his pirate hat with my pink glittery top hat.  I thought he was going to run off with the top hat, so I made sure we exchanged at the same time.  The pirate hat was so much cooler while the top hat was cheap looking.  It was a fun night!

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Thai Paradis

On July 6, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to get breakfast at 12:30 pm.  Lil Dave had a banana pancake.  Ivan and I each got scrambled eggs on toast.  Ivan also had baked beans.

We walked around to the hotel that we’re staying at tomorrow.  It has a pool and a view of the bay. 

The day was cloudy and it looked like rain. 

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We walked along the bay to find a place for lunch.  We couldn’t find anything good.  The sun had come out and it was really hot.  Ivan bought a bottle of sparkling water.

We started walking towards the main street and we ran into the guy we shared a taxi with.  It turns out that he’s 37 years old.  I thought he was 25.  He has a baby face and wears braces.  He recommended a Thai place nearby that the locals go to. 

We headed to the Casa Thai.  Ivan got a tom yum soup and noodles with tofu.  I got pad thai with tofu and vegetables.  The food was good.

We started walking back to the hotel.  It was so hot out.  I just wanted to relax.  I stopped at IBZ Look for a haircut while Ivan and Lil Dave headed back.

Ivan took a nap while I created mailart for my friend Noelle and my cousin Charisse.  They’ll be arriving in Ibiza tomorrow night.

We headed to dinner at a great tapas joint called El Rincon De Pepe. It was a traditional tapas place which is sort of a rarity in Ibiza – especially in the ‘west end’ which is the area we are in.  We had peppers, cod in sauce, fish croquettes and anchovies in vinegar. 

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Lil Dave got banana croquettes and a banana salad.  Ivan and I shared a bottle of rose.  It was a very tasty meal.

We headed back to the hotel to change.  Lil Dave decided to stay in for the night. 

Ivan and I went to a bar on West End street.  We had a fruity drink and people watched.  We walked to another bar and had another drink.  A Scottish girl started talking to us.  Her accent was so strong that I wasn’t understanding most of what she was saying.  I just kept nodding my head.  She was really sweet.  She was partying with her mom since she was 22 years old.  I couldn’t imagine partying with my mom.  My mom doesn’t like loud music and she’s a lot older than me.  Then again…maybe if she had a few drinks inside her and the music was good…….

We walked to Es Paradis for the Water Party.  It took awhile to get in.  I started talking to a guy in line since I was buzzed.  If I was sober, I probably wouldn’t have started a conversation. 

We danced for hours to the great funky house music.  At 4 am, the water started coming out in the circular area with Moby’s song It’s Raining again playing.  The water just keeps on coming out of the floor and the circular area becomes a big pool.  It’s crazy!!  We were soaked with water.  Guys were jumping in the water and crowd surfing.  I wanted to crowd surf.  It was fun dancing in the water. 

We left around 5:30 am and it was cold outside since we were wet.  We walked about 10 minutes to get to our hotel.

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Japanese Hair

Ivan and I chilled at the house on July 1, 2012 before heading to lunch.   We went to check out The Grapes which is owned by Ian McKellen, otherwise known to me and you as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.  The pub looked alright.  There was a little statue of Gandalf in the back of the pub.  Ivan asked for the menu and the bartender said it was only roast beef and pork for Sunday Roast.  That’s not good for vegetarians or pescetarians like us…but obviously its good enough for Gandalf.

So, we walked over to The Narrow pub which is owned by Gordon Ramsey.  (oh yes its all celebrity restaurants around here).

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Ivan and I ordered salt and pepper calamari, salmon pot and herring roe on toast.  Lil Dave got banana pot and banana lasagna.  Ivan and I also shared a banana bread beer which actually tasted a bit like banana. 

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Lil Dave really wanted one for himself, but Jen wouldn’t allow it.  Shhh, this is Ivan – When Jen went to the loo, I let Lil Dave have a few sips of the beer.  The food was tasty.

We went back to the apartment and I used the internet – uploading pictures to Facebook and working on the blog. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got the train into Central London around 4:40 pm.  We met up with Ivan’s mum, dad and his brother Neal at Whole Foods.  There’s a bigger Whole Foods now in Piccadilly.  Denise (Ivan’s mum) looked around the store before the store closed.  I’m not sure why they close at 6 pm on Sunday. 

We walked to Tapasia to check out the menu.  Ivan’s mum is vegetarian (and on top of that she is a fussy eater also), so we weren’t sure if she’d be able to eat there.  It turned out to be alright, so we got a table upstairs.  We ordered lots of Japanese tapas: edamame, beef skewers, aubergine, seafood okonmiyaki, scallops, tofu salad, Chilean sea bass, vegetable tempura, sweet and sour mushrooms, sardines and crispy summer salad.  Ivan, Neal and I shared a bottle of rose.  The food was so very tasty again.  It was great to see Ivan’s parents again and catch up. 

We walked to Piccadilly Theatre to see the musical Hair

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This musical was going to go touring around United Kingdom, but the production company went bankrupt.  Tonight, the cast would be doing a performance to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes.  We got a goodie bag, but somebody had stolen one of our bags before we sat down.  The bags contained a Hair program, donation envelope for Help for Heroes, poppy flower seeds, a pen and a Help for Heroes bracelet.

Two celebrity hosts talked about Help for Heroes.  A war veteran with two artificial legs came on.  He told us how his legs blew off.  He joked that his bollocks (balls) weren’t blown off.  It was a really sad and touching story.

The musical Hair was amazing.  It’s about hippies in New York during the 1960’s who are against the Vietnam War.  Amy Diamond who plays Sheila can really sing.  There was a celebrity appearance by Hugo Harold Harrison who was played Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  He played a funny Margaret Mead.  At the end of the first act, the whole cast takes off their clothes and are naked for 2 minutes.

We met up with Denise and Neal at the interval.  Denise liked it.  She saw the musical in the 60’s in London.  She said it was good, but it was different from seeing it back in the 1960’s then now. She remarked that it was the first musical like that.  I said yah, it would have been controversial.  It was the first time anybody took off their clothes in a theatre production. 

There are so many good songs in Hair.  I bet this is a fun musical to be a part of.  The cast came into the audience, climbing on the theatre seats and passing out flowers to the audience.  We’ve seen this once before in London and I’m glad we got to see it again.  Now, the lovely songs are stuck in my head – time to listen to the soundtrack.  Long, beautiful haaiiir…

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