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    Sheesh! Europe! The ultimate caching trip! After arriving yesterday after an exhausting 17 hour trip (Bangor, Philadelphia, Madrid, Jerez), we spent our first full day in Rota, Spain today. And after our first day, we realize that this is going to be one EXPENSIVE trip! Everything is to expensive - $5 for a 1/2 liter Coke at the Madrid airport - and after the US $ has taken a really beating in Europe, we're going to be spending a lot more than we projected. And 45 Euros last night - about $70 - for a dinner that would probably have cost us $25 in the US Sheesh! Glad we have plenty of space on the credit cards!

    Rented a car for the 3 weeks we'll be here - $1,000 for that. But we're going to do our first day of caching tomorrow, getting used to a standard shift after 25 years and getting used to a car that's about 1/4 the size of the Geocache Explorer. We're making a practice run south, towards Gibraltar, with the idea of actually going to Gibraltar on Thursday. Lots of caches in that area, and we should be able to get some monkey photos for Jake.

    Note to PJPreb: We haven't made contact with your friends in Portugal yet, but we expect to go there next week, so I'll be contacting them soon. We did exchange emails a month or so ago.

    More later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    Sheesh! Europe! The ultimate caching trip! After arriving yesterday after an exhausting 17 hour trip (Bangor, Philadelphia, Madrid, Jerez), we spent our first full day in Rota, Spain today. And after our first day, we realize that this is going to be one EXPENSIVE trip! Everything is to expensive - $5 for a 1/2 liter Coke at the Madrid airport - and after the US $ has taken a really beating in Europe, we're going to be spending a lot more than we projected. And 45 Euros last night - about $70 - for a dinner that would probably have cost us $25 in the US Sheesh! Glad we have plenty of space on the credit cards!

    Rented a car for the 3 weeks we'll be here - $1,000 for that. But we're going to do our first day of caching tomorrow, getting used to a standard shift after 25 years and getting used to a car that's about 1/4 the size of the Geocache Explorer. We're making a practice run south, towards Gibraltar, with the idea of actually going to Gibraltar on Thursday. Lots of caches in that area, and we should be able to get some monkey photos for Jake.

    Note to PJPreb: We haven't made contact with your friends in Portugal yet, but we expect to go there next week, so I'll be contacting them soon. We did exchange emails a month or so ago.

    More later...
    Yeah . . . caches for Whererwe and monkey photos for Jake!

    Have fun Bruce . . . and stay safe.

    Looking forward to hearing of your travels and your stories while abroad.
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    Have fun you old curmudgeon you!!!!! Not you Teresa....That raggedy old guy you married......lol
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    I hear you Bruce. I'm in Crete right now, and eating most of my meals on the AF base, but when we get off base, stuff is expensive. We are able to borrow a van (usually) to go places and don't have to buy gas off base, but it's running about 1.25euro per LITER here, or (using my back of the envelope calculations) about $6-8/gallon. Gas in Maine looks pretty good right now...
    I've been here for a week and still haven't gotten a cache. When I go off base, it's usually with 5-7 others, only 1 of which is a cacher, and there's no such thing as gas savers here. The closest cache is at a monestary in the mountains north of here, 1.5 to 2 hour hike. I'm trying to get into town tonight to get the 2 caches there, but it depends on the vehicle situation.
    Have fun, I've been past the rock of Gibralter, really worth the visit if you can get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudonim View Post
    I hear you Bruce. I'm in Crete right now, and eating most of my meals on the AF base, but when we get off base, stuff is expensive. We are able to borrow a van (usually) to go places and don't have to buy gas off base, but it's running about 1.25euro per LITER here, or (using my back of the envelope calculations) about $6-8/gallon. Gas in Maine looks pretty good right now...
    Sheesh! I had to fill the car today! Nine gallons (I already said it was a SMALL car!) cost me $61. About $6.80 a gallon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sudonim View Post
    I've been here for a week and still haven't gotten a cache. When I go off base, it's usually with 5-7 others, only 1 of which is a cacher, and there's no such thing as gas savers here. The closest cache is at a monestary in the mountains north of here, 1.5 to 2 hour hike. I'm trying to get into town tonight to get the 2 caches there, but it depends on the vehicle situation.
    We managed to get 2 caches today, and a DNF on another. (Difficulty was listed as a 2, but I would rate it a 4. We were 25 feet from it and decided to back off. Climbing cliffs on the beach is for younger people...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sudonim View Post
    Have fun, I've been past the rock of Gibralter, really worth the visit if you can get there.
    We planned on going there today, but we took the scenic routes and didn't get that far. Next time we'll take the autoroute direct. (Actually, since I forgot the digital camera, and the battery died on RULOST2?'s film camera, we wouldn't have been able to get any pictures of the monkeys anyway!)

    Hey! Probably a lot of your flights go through Rota. If you find out you're stopping here, email me and we'll get together for a beer (or some of the DELICIOUS local wine!) We saw a lady in a supermarket yesterday buying 10 1-liter boxes of wine (looked like the kind of box you'd get chicken broth in! LOL!). We saw it today, and decided to try it. Can't go wrong at 2 Euros a liter!

    Anyway, so far in Spain we've seen McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Baskin Robbins, and KFC. Diet Coke is called Coke Light, and it's terrible!

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    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures Thank you so much for letting our sig item hop a ride to Portugal. This is so cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    Hey! Probably a lot of your flights go through Rota. If you find out you're stopping here, email me and we'll get together for a beer (or some of the DELICIOUS local wine!)
    Not us. We go non-stop from Bangor to Chania. If they need crew rest, England is our stop.
    (I haven't enjoyed the local wine in Spain, but the Sangria is deadly (every night it's deadly)
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    I expect a full beer report with pictures of samples when ya get back!! (I mispelled, I meant pitchers! pictures are boring...)
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    This is such cool stuff reading your travel reports...! Andy in Crete, and you in Spain. Please keep these coming....I'll be watching to see what finding a cache in other parts of the world is really like. I'm envious.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudonim View Post
    Not us. We go non-stop from Bangor to Chania. If they need crew rest, England is our stop.
    (I haven't enjoyed the local wine in Spain, but the Sangria is deadly (every night it's deadly)
    They make a LOT of wine in this area - vineyards and bodegas everywhere. And it's cheap, and tasty as well!

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