- Barcelona several times (this includes Castell de Fels, Saint Cugat and another town that shall remain nameless).
- Hamburg a couple of times.
- Mexico City.
- Lanzarote (I visited all the main towns in the island).
- Brighton & Hove.
- Stratford upon Avon.
- Windsor (OK, that almost does not count).
Highlights were many and varied: the Guernica in the Reina Sofia museum is always a highlight, the more I see it the more I want to hang it in my living room. But first I need a bigger living room.
The townsfolk in Saint Cougat must be the most unfriendly in Spain, each time I visit they better themselves in the unfriendliness department.
Barcelona's Picasso museum much better than expected.
Hamburg's Xmas market is as predictable and good as always. I had sausages in stall called "Stockhausen". I joked about it being owned by the musician. Now he is a goner. Spooky or what?
The Triathlon World Cup in Hamburg was very exciting. Women as impressive as always.
In Mexico City I spent a full day in a fair about articles for expecting mothers. Enlightening. I also watched a Pumas UNAM game. We won 3-2. Did I mention that we are in the final of the league? There is the serious possibility that next year Pumas UNAM could play the likes of Barcelona, Inter de Milan or, goodness forbids, Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea. Suffice to say that Pachuca, another Mexican team, may be playing against one of the big guns next week in Japan.
Lanzarote is a mesmerizing place, recommended in spite of one of the bigger towns selling nothing but Pizza (I think even the Chinese restaurants sell pizza. The idiotic face of globalization). Food elsewhere is better.
The island is pretty much all covered in lava from relatively recent volcanic eruptions. The landscape is otherworldly, situation aggravated by the white houses with gardens with black soil (volcanic ashes).
I spent my first proper break in Brighton and enjoyed it more than I expected. The pier is tacky but there is some charm to it.
My personal favourite is Edinburgh, I ran the very demanding 10K race there after visiting several attractions I had not seen before (slow as a snail, but I did not slow down in the hills I have to add).
It is somehow strange to go out of London, one realizes how unlike the rest of UKia it is. For starters most people out of London are indigenous population (i.e. a mixture of anglo saxonian vikings with Roman latin tones peppered with black soldiers from old Roman legions and mixed with the celtic influences. Very indigenous),
Stratford, Mexico City and Hamburg were severely flooded this year. If you need some extra water let me know and I will gladly visit.
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