Santander with Robert and Ania

October 28, 2008 By: erik Category: Photos, Science, Spain, Videos 711 views

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On Sunday, we decided to go to Santander with our weekend guests, Robert and Ania. The day was sunny and warm, with very little wind. We had no idea that the memorable experience from the trip would be enormous waves coming in from the sea. We were still a bit tired from our walk up Pico de las Nieves the day before, so we took it easy on our stroll through Santander.
Palacio de la Magdalena and Plateau with Statue

Choppy seas pound on the rocky Santander coast. Click on the image to see a Flickr note explaining where the video below was shot from.

Plateau with Statue

I love how erosion leaves these towers. This one has a creepy child statue on top looking like he’s about to commit suicide.

Red Flowers

Some flowers along the sidewalk. They do a good job of maintaining the posh parts of Santander. The sunshine helps, too.

Waves crashing over into the sea lion exhibit. Part of the walkway was cordoned off to protect us tourists. See the bit on the top right of the first photo? That’s where most of the video below was taken.

And now, the video, with intellectual commentary from our regular nature commentator, Marga….


I could have stood there watching the waves come in all day. I loved it! This video is also available on Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, Yahoo, Metacafe, Google, Revver, Break, DailyMotion,, Veoh, Imeem, Stupid Videos, Sclipo, Viddler and Howcast.

Robert and a Columbus boat

Robert standing in front of some replicas of Christopher Columbus’ boats.

Raft in the sun

Another raft boat on exhibit, taken with some cool blocked sun lighting.

Bulldogs got your undies?

This was decorating the outside of an Australian-themed bar. Bulldogs got your undies?

Images like this interest me. There is nothing inherently racist in showing a black child with white underwear. But I have no doubt that such an image, in some cultures (e.g. the US), would be denounced as horribly offensive. What is racist to you depends on how knowledgeable you are on possible connotations and connections to our racist past. Presumably the offended would cite the historic usage of black slaves on cotton plantations as the offensive connection depicted here. Interesting.

Ania, Robert, and Marga eating ice cream cones

After some tapas and beer, we stopped for a little ice cream and a walk though the sun.

Overall, we had a wonderful visit with Robert and Ania. We had never really met Ania, except for during our hectic wedding day, and we were pleased, though not surprised, that Robert had chosen such a kind, funny, intelligent woman to marry. They are probably moving to Munich soon, and we are looking forward to visiting them some upcoming October(fest).

  • What’s the Columbus connection with Santander?

  • Besides Columbus being the most important thing Spain thinks it’s ever done? Nothing that I know of.

  • Do Spaniards still believe that Columbus was Spanish and not Italian?

  • It doesn’t matter what nationality he was, or that he wasn’t the first. Spain got a huge profit from their New World efforts.

  • an australian themed bar? i shudder to think! although i suppose it couldn’t be any worse than the walkabout pubs that have spread like the plague throughout london, or the “irish” bars that turn up all over the world (including mondragon!)

    as for the little bit of “kitch” advertising in your photograph, it definitely invokes advertising images of the 40s and 50s of black americans, but it is certainly not an image of an australian aborigine, nor does it reference any product i’ve ever heard of! a bit of confusion about the difference between american/australian/british culture perhaps?

  • Sharon, I’d love to see how long you could go without screaming in one of America’s favorite family restaurants: Outback Steakhouse.

    The Irish pub in Mondragon was the only place in the town where I have overheard strangers speaking English.

    If the Spaniards confuse American, Australian, and British cultures, then I don’t feel so bad about he Americans that think Spaniards drink tequila and eat enchiladas and burritos.

  • well, i find it hard to go without screaming in most family restaurants, so i imagine this wouldn’t be any different… however from the website it does look like family restaurants have moved up a notch since my last big road trip around the states about 10 years ago… i don’t, however, recognise most of the things on the menu, and i’m wondering what “aussie chips” are? oh, and aussies never put “shrimps” on the barbie, we prefer prawns!!

    wish the spanish did eat enchiladas and burritos though!

    oh, btw, meant to say before – nice photos!