Last Days of El Paso

IOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA have been delaying this post because I didn’t want those memories to end. The summer is long gone but I am still there in my mind. But as end of the year is approaching then I need to move on and get to my next travels also.

So one of those days we went to New Mexico again for horseback riding in the mountains. It was my first time ever without anyone else leading the horse and all by myself. Although it was still in a line and going slowly but my horse wanted to go faster. I can’t wait to go riding somewhere again. Same evening we also went to a place called Little Bit of Texas which is a country dance club. I just love this place! First time learning country dancing and also learned new line dances. I could have danced all night!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A day before the wedding we did some touristy stuff again. We went to the The National Border Patrol Museum. All this time and ways people have been smuggled to the States but they are still finding new ways! And things they have built! Museum is always about seeing so you better go check yourself the stuff they have there if you should ever found yourself in El Paso.

whatsapp-image-2016-08-08-at-1-05-00-am-46Now the most important – wedding of our good friend. The reason why we all gathered there with our friends. The last time I was in a wedding I was 8 years old and in Estonia. Now it was American-Mexican wedding in a church. So first of all, churches in America are not like telenovelas. It feels like you are watching a play on the stage although it is your friends up there getting married. Then to the reception people just gather on a random time. Who wants to eat goes earlier who just to congratulate and dance come really late. So we got some good Mexican food, some delicious  wedding cake and we took part of some wedding games. First time even trying to catch a bouquet! Didn’t catch it though. And we were dancing line dance in fancy dresses! To sum it up, I am so happy for the happy couple and this whole wedding was such a nice new experience!

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So on my last night we went to see the sunset one last time and it was just amazing! It was just so beautiful how those clouds were and how the colours of the sun were playing on them and on the city! It is something that even pictures can’t describe. You all know I love sunsets and as it was also my last day then really didn’t want it to end. But we can’t stop time so after that we went to hang out with our friends to get some last drinks and played few bar games outside.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarly in the morning I had the flight away from El Paso. I would say “to home” but I had like 5 flight to home. I got good seats and one flight even in first class so I got to enjoy the clouds and views over different cities. Whenever I wasn’t sleeping.

So that was my whole summer basically. Just relaxing and enjoying my time because I knew when I come back home I won’t have time to relax. If you haven’t read other posts then check the last posts about El Paso. Also if you want to be updated when new post is coming up then follow me on Facebook. And if you want more photos of my trips or see more of my everyday life also then follow me on Instagram.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Marfa & Balmorhea, TX

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo another weekend we went to meet some S. friends and took his sister with us. Really close to Marfa is a little Prada boutique just to look in. It is a super small house. But as Marfa is artsy town and full of galleries and hipsters then it made sense to have this shop there.

Marfa is a small town so we were just walking through heat to different art galleries. I would say they were really from one wall to another. But mostly we had just a big question what those artist were thinking making this art and then what were galleries thinking of having them?! In the end of those galleries we went to one local bar to get some cold drinks. I just love this place!! It was so film-like and cosy and full of stuff, just stuff.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnyways, we were in luck because they were opening a new gallery or a super big exhibition house . So everyone joining the opening got free bbq meat dinner and drinks. Also there were mariachis playing music. Although it was sad that no-one was dancing to them.Before we were heading to Odessa where we stayed at our friend’s place then we went to see Prada boutique again as others didn’t see that before. The road to Odessa was long as it was late ans driving in the dark.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next day we had 2 other joining us and we went to Balmorhea. There is the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world. It is a bit expensive to get to the park but as you can’t go swimming outside in the desert then it was cool to go with such heat. For me the water was quite warm but I’m used to cold water in Estonia. Some went diving also but I more enjoyed just legs in the water and sun on my skin. I’m not so friendly with the water.

As this part of Texas is in the desert then there’s not so much to see but those few places are still incredible. Also I was happy to explore the city in another way. Not always just buildings.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Road to USA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo yes, I have been away for a while again. I always think that I have more time when I am home but it is usually always the opposite. So I spent my summer in USA and I wanted to start from the beginning.

First I spent some time home with family celebrating the Midsummer’s Eve with grilled meat and had a bonfire during the sunset. And yes, the best meat is a bit crispy on the side and also my mom prefers a bit burnt, but it is still good burnt.
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So the next day on the way to Tallinn we made a stop in Viru bog. The weather was warm and sunny and perfect to walk trough the bog. A long road is with a boardwalk and has a nice view tower on the way. One the most beautiful bogs in Estonia that I have seen so far. Also you can go swim in those little lakes there.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next day we had a cruise to Stockholm to spend some more sisters time together before I went away. As we have been in Stockholm so many times then we are always trying to take a new route. This time we headed west of the city center, had a walk around the little island and went by the city hall.

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And then it was just around 30 hours of traveling to get to my final destination. I know it is long and I had so many airports but it was all worth it and El Paso is kind of middle of nowhere for the planes. So I went Stockholm-London-Chicago-Houston-El Paso. I had an overnight in London and that was a weird experience. First when last flights finally left I got a place to fall asleep. After a while security guys started waking people up and asking for nationality. Then they took as all away from the general waiting area and took us to one of the gate’s waiting areas. As all people staying overnight were there, then were some annoying kids screaming and middle of night they started asking for passports again. Finally in the morning we got back to the general waiting and then it was just enough time to charge my phone and get to my plane. WhatsApp-Image-20160627

And the coolest part was that as Chicago-El Paso was overbooked then they were looking for voluteers to get the later flight. As I didn’t have an exact seat number yet and I was last on the list then I got offered quite a big voucher money to get there few hours later. As I didn’t have all the tickets back yet then it was really good way to get better tickets back to Chicago.

And here’s a picture that describes best how we felt when I finally got there. I was really really tired and same happy and he was super happy.

Fuengirola BioParc

The very last trip in Spain was to Fuengirola. As my brother suggested the zoo there and we just love zoos then we had to go there before I left. So however hangover we weren’t we promised ourselves to go there. Furngirola Bioparc itself is zoo with more natural environment from the tropical forests.

After spending most of the time in the zoo we still had a lot of time over so we just went to the beach were we found people going for a swim and just sunbathing. It was windy so for us it was definitely too cold to even take our coats off. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We still had quite a lot of time over before our ride back home so we just walked to the harbor and watched the sunset.

It was a perfect last trip and although our ride back was quite scary and I was falling asleep then the zoo was definitely worth the visit! Whenever you travel there, definitely go and visit it!

Sunsets of Granada

Over the last few weeks I’ve gone to see the sunset 4 times. 3 of them near Ermita de San Miguel el Alto and for the last one I went for a hike to Llano de la Perdiz. You probably already know that sunset is one of my most favourite things.

1) So the first place is really easy to reach. From the city center it takes around 30 minutes to get through the Albayzin. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is all up to the hill but the moment you see the view you forget how out of breath you felt before. You can enjoy the view with random people on the old building’s terrace or stay a bit more down, sit on a grass and enjoy your own company (alone, with friends or with your other half).

If you’re not in the hurry then enjoy the view also after the sunset to see the sky getting darker in every minute and city turning on the lights. It is especially good view to Alhambra.

2) Llano de la Perdiz – mostly visited by bikers and easily accessed by car. I have none of them so I decided to hike up there. And probably I was the only one. Although on the way back I saw a big group who looked like OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhikers.

So the hike up there took me about an hour and a half. Could have gone faster but I enjoyed the views and in the end I was looking for a good place for the sunset. I found a place near suggested place that showed on a map on the place. I climbed a bit down the hill and had privacy to enjoy my own company and sunset. And I have to say that from this point the sun looked huge!

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Only thing is that I forgot how fast it gets dark after sunset. So most of the way back I was walking in darkness. I could see a bit but it was a little scary.

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Alcalá la Real & Montefrío

So this week I went on a trip with Erasmus Friends. First organized trip in Spain! And if I say organized I mean we know what we are doing, where we should be by what time and we actually get some history about the places. Same time it waOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAs super chill. We had time to relax but at the same time we saw everything we needed to see.

So both of those cities are really small. One of them is located in the province of Jaén and other one in the province of Granada. Bus ride was fast and our first stop was Forteleza La Mota in Alcalá la Real. Most of it had been destroyed during different times and wars. So only few building were still up. We got a little history video in the destroyed church. All the old walls and building foundations were there to see how the fortress looked like. The views were great and you could see the whole city from there.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter a nice history visit we went to get our lunch. We went to this really nice place called El Lagar de Los Vinos. It is an old winery turned into a bar and had machines all over the place. Also had big barrels which are storing the annual harvest. So we had some really good quality wine, cheese, 4-different hams, olives, chips and potatoes with mayo. I really recommend going there if you ever should visit this little city.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So feeling all siesta after a good meal we visited a local museum and took off to Montefrío. This city is even smaller. With 10 minutes we were on top of the hill to see the church/castle Iglesia de la Villa and had a really nice view to the whole city.

Our last stop was Mirador de Montefrío where we could watch all the colors of sunset on the city while listening to some guitar music by one of the organizers.

It is crazy how big temperature difference there is between the day and night. In the daytime I could walk with only my t-shirt but at night I needed a hoodie and a leather jacket to keep myself warm. Really unusual in November for me. I could go sunbathing in November here.

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Strolls around Granada

All the cities of Spain are just breathtakingly beautiful -white houses, old structures, small street and views from some higher point. Granada is full of beauty and everywhere you can find something to look at. So at some days I just try to go to places I haven’t been yet to discover more of its beauty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo on Monday I dragged girls to the Granada cemetery with me. Because of the Día de todos los Santos locals go there to put flowers on the graves and it has a lot of sculptures. It is full of history.

On the way back we went up from random stairs and it turned out to be some kind of garden of olive trees. Really random place for just a really good view to the mountains and the nature.

And one other day I went to discover what is going on up on the hill where I’ve always seen people. I wasn’t even thinking when I started going but it was the time for sunset. So by the time I got up there it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen. And I love sunsets!

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