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Call of the wild in north Spain

1 Oct

Only 15km from Santander, in northern Spain, lies the vast Cabárceno Wildlife Park, home to over 1,200 animals from across the globe!!. And it is huge: The elephant enclosure alone is as big as Madrid’s entire zoo! (and Madrid’s Zoo is one of the biggest in europe…).

The park also offers spectacular natural landscapes, upon which elephants, hippos, ostriches, camels, tigers, zebras, giraffes and other species live in a semi-wild state. Spaces has been created so that the animals can live in the conditions that are as similar as possible to their original habitats.

We love this one: Camels – old church in ruins. We don’t know if it’s natural wild habitats for camels, but sure we love the combination!

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Monocle Magazine features tripNETer

21 Aug

tripNETer had the great honor to taking up little space in the prestigious Monocle Magazine.

In the last two years this magazine launched a summer newspaper, called “Monocle Mediterraneo”, and our young entrepreneur company appears in the Business/Inspirations section.

From here we thank Monocle and we leave a capture of the section and we present the full transcription of the article.

 

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tripNETer Road Trip Stop: Teatro-Museo Dalí, Crazy or Genious?

4 Aug

We decided to spend the whole day in Figueres, to introduce us and get the deepest feeling for Dalí’s essence.

as a side note, this Teatro-Museo is considered the largest surrealist object in the world, Dalí himself collaborated with architects and curators to design and build the museum, so he spent many years in his later life designing and living in it.

The main entrance of the museum is located in ‘Plaza de Gala-Salvador Dalí’, which is already a fine and visceral piece of artwork.

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Road Trip to Dali: Part 1, Barcelona at night

18 Jul

It’s been a while since our last road trip through Spain and we feel like hitting the road again.

As we are based in Barcelona and it’s getting pretty warm here, we thought it would be a good idea to go north-east and explore the Costa Brava and up to Dalí’s hometown, Figueres and Cadaqués, where one of the most famous spanish paintor’s eccentricity flows into the wild cliffs of Cap de Creus.

We decided to leave the door open to spontaneity, though, so let’s see where we end up this time.

We worked until late, and as we had to pack few things and prepare our oldie car, when we left Barcelona it was already dark.

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The do-it-yourself cathedral (a self-improvement tale)

5 Jul

The majestic ‘Sagrada Familia’ is well known because of its Gaudi’s personal architectural and engineering style, and also because this Cathedral is still  ‘under construction’:

But this is not a story about the billion-times-photographed Sagrada Familia.  It is not the only impressive and unfinished cathedral that you can find in Spain.

Today we are speaking about what is known as ‘The Cathedral of Justo Gallego’.

La Sagrada Familia is placed in the port city of Barcelona, while ‘The cathedral’ is being built miles away inland, in a small town called ‘Mejorada del Campo’  near Madrid.

Antoni Gaudí was a man of exquisit education and was supported by one of catalonia’s biggest fortunes of that time.

Justo Gallego (this storie’s star) is an uneducated farmer and bullfighter. At the age of 36, in the middle of a severe tuberculosis, he promised the Lady of the Pillar he would build a shrine in her honour in exchange of his health.

Now, at the age of 87 this is what he has already achieved:

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Spain is different (Flamenco way of protest)

26 Jun

From childhood I’ve grown with the statement: ‘Spain is different’.

Throughout my life I’ve interpreted it in several ways. Most of the times in the wrong way, but raising a half-smile of proud resignation. The same way that a mother looks at his most friendly but helpless son.

An unemployment rate of almost 25%. Until 100.000 million financial rescue. But full terraces on the streets and with different and very ironic ways of accepting the current situation. Check out this funny example:

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Bilbao & Tapas in our tripNETer Road Trip

28 May

We are in Bilbao!

And we have to admit that we fell completely in love!!

This amazing city of the Basque Country didn’t let us even breath: There’s so many things to do!.

Walking through El Casco Viejo is a must! Don’t forget to climb the never-ending stairs from Plaza Unamuno to Parque Etxebarria for those breathtaking views.

It is also a must, to walk along the river or ‘La Ría’. In the last 10 years, Bilbao has suffered an intense renovation, and the ‘recovery’ of the river was one of the main goals. Our mark: First class with honors.

Down the river finally you run into the symbol of the green spain capital: Guggenheim Museum.

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tripNETer Road Trip stops in Santander

23 May

We were supossed to keep driving all along the inland for a few more days, but we we’re already missing the smell of the sea. And what a better sea than the fierce intense blue see of the north of Spain. So, we turned right in the next way out and drove direction Santander, the northern seaside city of Spain.

We left our car in the city center to give our eyes the chance to admire the majesty of the noble and royal buildings embraced by the Cantabrian Sea: like El Banco Vitalicio, Edificio de Correos, or Banco Mercantil.

Particularly remarkable is the imposing Royal Hotel, where we decided to drink tea and have some sweets in the Baroque Hall.

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tripNETer Road Trip Movies

19 May

Road trips…one of Hollywood’s favourites. How many road trip movies have been filmed? Crossing America, most of them. Well, we are more European and we are crossing Spain. The landscapes we drive are sometimes just as beautiful as America’s famous Route 66. Sometimes more 🙂

With this in our mind, today we want to share with you our top 3 road trip movies:

1) Thelma & Louise.

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tripNETer Road Trip: Part One, Barcelona

13 May

Luggage: check

Music: check

My 17-years-old VW: check

Internet on-the-go: tripNETer

Now everything’s ready for my tripNETer Road trip. Departure: Barcelona. It’s a nice spring evening (but it actually seems like summer) and I’m planing to drive all over the north part of Spain: BCN-Zaragoza-Bilbao-Santander and back.

A last view to my favourite spot in Barcelona, Mount Tibidabo.

That reminds me to that funny episode from Friends, where Ross tells the story about hiking in Mount “tibidaebo” (My friend Jaime from Sockaholic loves it).

Up in this mount there is an old-fashioned amusement park with beautiful views of Barcelona and also a church which can be seen from almost any point from Barcelona. You can go there by car (pretty nasty road), funicular or with the Tranvia Blau, which has been working since 1901.

So leaving Mount Tibidabo behind, i took the A-2 highway to Zaragoza…