Andorra

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Andorra is a small country on the border of Spain and France. I had no idea it even existed, but I had the privelege of visiting and exploring the town of Andorra la Vella with my friend Olga.

Andora es un pais pequeño entre España y Francia. No tenia idea que lo existe, pero tenia la oportunidad visitarla y conocer la capital Andora la Vella con mi amiga Olga.

It is absolutely beautiful, and sourounded by the Pyrenes mountains.
Es perfectamente bonita, y adentro de los montañas pireneos.

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In Andorra they speak a conglomaration of languages: Spanish, French, Catalan, and English were the ones I recognized. It is popular for the spa, as well as great skiing and other snowy adventures. Here is a summary of my time spent in country number seven on my list.
En Andora hablan bastantes idiomas incluso Español. Frances, Catalan, y ingles. Es una destinacion popular porque la Spa y tambien los lugares esquiar y trek en el nieve. Aqui es un trato de mi tiempo en este pais.

We took a bus from Barcelona to Andoraa, and got a great view of Northern Spain on the way.
Fuimos en bus desde Barcelona a Andora, y vi el paisaje maravillosa del Norte de España.

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We arrived and checked in at our hotel, and searched for somewhere to eat lunch. Lunchtime for a Spaniard is 3:00-4:00, but after arriving at 3:30 nowhere was open! I guess crossing a border can make a big difference. FINALLY we found an open restaurant with tasty sandwiches.
Llegabamos a hotel, y teniamos mucho hambre. Es tiempo almorzar en España es a las 14:00-15:00, pero todas los restaurantes estaban cerrados. Una frontera cambia mucho. POR FIN encontrabamos un bar con bocadillos ricos.

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We returned to the restaurant multiple times to eat, though the waiter thought I was crazy for ordering water to drink and asking for pizza without tomate…apparently tomate is tomato sauce, and not tomato as a topping.
Comimos en este bar muchos veces, pero el camarero no entendio porque quiero beber la agua y comer una pizza sin tomate. Claramente estoy estadounidense…

We cafe hopped a bit and found a lovely patisserie with a much nicer owner. She was great to talk to and educated us about the specialty pastries. I had a yummy buttercake with almonds.
Fuimos a varios cafes y un patiserie con una deuña simpatica. Ella nos explicaba sobre todos los pasteles y postres especiales al region.

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We returned to this place as well and had nutella crepes for breakfast.
Regresabamos comer crepas de nutella.

The second day we continued to explore the city. We went on an AMAZING hike on a pathway that goes around the entire city. The view was spectacular and it was incredible to be in the Pyrenes.
El dia siguente explorabamos la ciudad. Mi parte favorito era una caminata en un sendero alrededor la ciudad en los pireneos. ¡Que vista espectacular!

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We even found some hiking buddies.
Conocimos algunos amigos.

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Later we were delighted to look out the window and see snow. SNOW!!! I missed the snow in Oregon this year so I was completely overjoyed to get a taste. Literally. The snowflakes taste the same in Europe, in case anyone was wondering.
Mas tarde, era nieve! No estaba en Oregon durante la tormenta de nive, y por eso estaba tan emocionada para el nieve.

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They were the biggiest, fluffiest flakes I have ever seen.

We also met some interesting people. I guess they enjoy the snow differently in Andorra?
Conciamos estes personas que tambian les gustan el nieve en una manera…diferente?

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Later that day we spent time in Caldea, the largest and most popular spa. I had never been to a spa before, and it was wonderful to relax after traveling, classes, and constantly thinking in Spanish. The best part was swimming in a warm pool outside in the snow and having the fantastic view of the Pyrenes. It was surely an experience to remember.
Lo mismo dia fuimos a pasar tiempo en Caldea, el spa mas grande y popular. Lo mejor era esta en los aguastermales afuera con los pireneos y la nieve. ¡Que bonita la experiencia!

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