Archive for August, 2008

Extremadura 2008 – Part 2

August 19, 2008 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Family, Photos, Spain

Wheat WallHere it is! The second part of the random photo bin from this year’s trip to the south of Spain. The first part can be seen here. The second week we were in town was the annual festival, El Ramo, that is responsible for more than doubling the town’s population. Many organized events took place. We even saw a sign advertising a “Nocturnal Photography Marathon”. I had brought my tripod and expensive camera and could definitely win that, but there was no date on the poster. We asked when it was and the woman at the town hall reception, who seemed rather clueless, looked through her papers for a bit and told us it was on Saturday, and that I had to sign up at 7 PM and then turn in photos by 12 PM the next day. I was pretty excited. So on Saturday at 7 PM, I went down to the town hall and found a bunch of children in line to sign up for a running “marathon” around the perimeter town. When I asked about the photography “marathon”, I was told, rather condescendingly, that, “No, that was two weeks ago. This is a real running marathon today.” Pretty disappointing. At least it happened before we got there, so it’s not like I missed the opportunity to participate.

Extremadura 2008 – Part 1

August 18, 2008 By: erik Category: Extremadura, Family, Photos, Spain

Forward MARCH!I’m back!!!! We got home yesterday after an 8-hour car trip with only one stop for a 5.20€ combo meal at Burger King. That’s $7.63 at the current exchange rage. Both fries and drink were small (or “medium” as the fast food places call small these days). Oh, right! That’s why we don’t ever eat fast food in Spain! At least you could substitute beer for your soda in the combo meal. Europe scores a point.

Upon arriving home exhausted, you can imagine our delight to find that the main circuit breaker for our house had flipped off and all the food in the fridge and freezer was spoiled. We had done a pretty good job of leaving them empty, but still. So we got to clean out the fridge and freezer when we arrived. Fun! Our circuit breaker has been flipping lately for no reason at all. Normally I’m at home and can fix it before my UPS gets out two beeps, but it’s a pretty bad problem for long trips.

I have divided my photos into some organized themed sets, but there is a big pile of miscellaneous that will have to be given in a couple miscellaneous posts. So here we go with the random photos from Extremadura 2008!

Eaten Alive

August 04, 2008 By: erik Category: Complaining

Here goes my first post by iPhone. I’m lying in bed and it’s too hot to sleep and I need something to take my mind off my skin. Last night, the first night here, I had trouble sleeping because my feet were itching. I got up at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. But there’s little to do. What there is to do is stargaze. At 3:00, I finally got out my camera and tripod and entertained myself for a bit. From 3:00 to 4:00, I took a one hour exposure looking towards Polaris, which resulted in my coolest star trails shot so far. It has some noise in the form of red dots that must be lens dust or something. Speaking of red dots…

Heading South

August 01, 2008 By: erik Category: Extremadura, News, Spain, Travel

Open When HereIt’s that time of the year again. Time to head south to Extremadura to frysweat bask in the un-air-conditioned summer heat for two weeks. This year, I hope to take advantage of the very minimal light pollution and cloud cover in the rural area where we will be staying and take some nighttime sky photographs with my new camera, tripod, and shutter timer. Not to mention the annual Persieds Meteor Shower that keeps us agape at the night sky every year.