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Q & A
Where in Spain will we be going?
After being picked up in Madrid, we will be heading two hours north to Valladolid. A beautiful and fun city, formally the capitol of Spain during the years of Columbus. Great food, great people, easy to find your way around and also where E-Spain is located.
Valladolid will be home base, and we will travel out from there. There may be a night where we stay in a different town depending on what we do that day. In the past we have visited Segovia, Salamanca, Matapozuelos, La Guarda, Ponferrada and many other small towns and cities with some of the best restaurants in the world.
When should I fly in?
Regardless, the bus will pick you up on the designated day of the beginning of the tour. I normally will fly in two days before the journey just to acclimate and because I love Madrid. If you wish to fly in early, I will be more than happy to give you recommendations on where to stay and perhaps meet you at the airport and help you find your way around. Within reason, of course.
Can I bring a significant other?
Actually, yes. BUT, this person will have to remain on the tour with us. They must stick with the group and not wander off to do their own thing while we are on the tour. They will need to sign up on their own, you cannot fill out the application for two people. I recommend this person be interested in food, be willing to see where it comes from, and have an open mind about traveling.
With that said, I do not recommend this person be someone you met last Saturday and you believe they are the one.
What is the food like?
If you are willing to try new and exciting things, you will have the time of your life! If you are a very picky person, then you will be really missing out. Have an open mind and be prepared to try anything. The Spanish eat lots of meat, including pork (a lot of it), beef, horse, and fish (seafood). When signing up for the tour, you will be asked if you are allergic to any food items, lactose intolerant, have gluten allergies, or if you are vegetarian. If you are vegetarian, the chefs will do their best to accommodate your needs. If you are Vegan, your may have a hard time.
The Spanish blood sausage, Morcilla, is one of the best things on Earth.
The meals are normally accompanied with water and wine. The legal drinking age in Spain is 18, but it comes down to being smart.
Is Spain expensive?
Spain is actual one of the cheapest countries to visit in the European Union. The €uro is not as strong in Spain as in Germany or France due to their economic standing. Because of this, you will see the word “Rebajas” (sale) on many store fronts. The good news is you can eat amazing food for such a great price. You can get a Latte (cafe con leche), a croissant, and a juice for 3€. It would cost you $12 at your local coffee shop. That is just a small example compared to what you would experience.
What do I wear?
The weather in August and September is much like Seattle. Can be very warm, but it is wise to bring a light jacket. Casual clothes, comfortable shoes, but also bring some nice clothes. We will be eating at some very nice restaurants and you do not want to look as if you are there to mow the lawn.
Do I need to know Spanish?
As with visiting any foreign country, it is good to know a little of the language. “Numbers, greetings, thanks” are always a good way to shine, but if you don’t speak any Spanish, you will do fine. The Spanish like to see how far your knowledge of their language goes, but will not ridicule you for not speaking it fluently. They are friendly, understanding, and will do their best to help you. Normally on the trip, we will always have a translator available to the group, but on your own, well, you’re on your own. Contrary to popular belief, speaking English slow and loud does not work. I will make a sheet of useful phrases and words for those who wish, but may I also recommend Rick Steve’s Spanish book. Works for me!
Is Spain safe?
I have never had a problem in Spain. I have walked all over many of these towns and cities and have never felt anything but safe. Spaniards like to go out late and normally don’t return home until the wee hours of the morning. Spain, and most of Europe, is a very open and welcoming of LGBTQ as well.
With that being said, it is still wise not to be flashing around big bills or be loose with your wallet/purse. Common sense is always a powerful tool.