We travelled to the wrong town!

So we were having a nice holiday in Spain and Cadiz, a very popular tourist destination was next on our itinerary. So we rented a car in Sevilla, fed the name of our Cadiz hotel in GPS and after driving for a few hours arrived in the hotel,only to realize that we had booked the hotel in the wrong town. We didn’t know that Cadiz was a province and there was also a town with the same name. We ended up in El  Puerto de Santa Maria which is also technically in Cadiz.

At first we were shocked but we decided to take it in our stride, think of it as an adventure and enjoy another town. We went for a drive around 5 in the evening to get a feel of the place. Everything was closed and the narrow streets were empty. It felt like we landed in one of the those really small, slow, sleepy towns where nothing moves for days.

We went back to our hotel, which was lovely by the way. It was once a monastery and was full of charm. We went out again in the night to a street just 5 mins walking distance from our hotel and which was recommended to us by the hotel staff. It was like entering a completely different world. It was full of people partying, having dinner and just generally milling about.

We enjoyed a good dinner and since there was nothing else to do in the town, decided to take a ferry to our originally intended place, Cadiz. There was apparently a ferry that took 45 mins to reach there and the dock was right behind our hotel. We left early morning the next day (we got to enjoy a spectacular sunrise), spent the day in Cadiz and retuned to our hotel in the evening. Such an unexpected but fun detour. If we would not have come to the wrong town, we would never had seen a town like El Puerto de Santa Maria, and we would never have got to ride on a ferry on the Bay of Cadiz.

Apparently El Puerto de Santa Maria turned out to be much more than we thought it was. It’s the port from which Columbus sailed on his second voyage to the New World. Also his pilot, Juan de la Cosa, created the first map of the world to include the Coast of the New World in El Puerto in 1500. As they say everything happens for the best. Well almost everything.

tenerife spain

Spain and an Update!

Sorry for being MIA for so long but a lot of things have been happening and our priorities changed. But we have a lot to share and a lot of blogs to go through. It’s always good coming back and seeing what everyone else is up to.
We went to a 16 day trip to Spain, 6 days out of which we spent on Tenerife Island with Mohit’s sisters family. The process of sorting through pictures and experiences is such a huge undertaking that I keep procrastinating. But no more.

For those who are not aware, Tenerife is the largest of the 7 main canary islands and also has the highest elevation point in Spain. It has the third largest volcano in the world. Oh and some part of the movie fast and furious 6 was also shot here.

Spain Tenerife

We would probably never have visited this beautiful island if my sister in law did not stay there. It’s an approximately 4 hr flight from Barcelona. After a 13 direct flight from Singapore to Barcelona we had a 6 hour layover before catching the Air Europa flight to Tenerife. Needless to say it was a long journey. But we were very excited to meet the family after a long time. My MIL, who stays in Mumbai, had already arrived a few days back.

Our main purpose of visiting Spain was meeting the family and celebrating Diwali together. But since we were going so far we planned a 6 day trip to Tenerife and 10 days in mainland Spain after. Needless to say we had a lot of fun. I’ll do a separate post on Tenerife later on. We also visited Madrid, Seville, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Granada and Barcelona in that order. We decide to stick to Spain and not visit the neighboring countries because Spain in itself is so huge that it will take us months to visit the whole country.

Also, I’ll be going to India in December mainly because my sister and my niece are visiting from the US and I want to spend time with them and my family. Since I’ve been freelancing for the time being, I can afford to take the few days off. So not looking forward to the travelling part though. Airports bore me to death, especially if I have to travel alone.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Will be back with another post soon.