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May 02, 2005

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Em

Please let me put in a vote for Barcelona.
They do not speak English, and while they speak Spanish, the official language is whatever that Basque language is with all the x's. However, should you wish to speak English, there are Irish bars and hostels. It is easy to navigate because there is a main drag of Las Ramblas to which everything else is relative. You can do day trips to the mountains OR to the beach. There are museums. There is the Sagrada Familia, which is a very healing space. Barcelona has really great energy and is a good place to write. I went there by myself and never wanted to leave.
Viva Barcelona!

Rob

It's not cheap for you, but when people get off island, they go to Bali. The country itself is cheap, the hiking/trekking/diving/beaching is astounding, and the hill country filled with temples is fascinating. I will go this summer.

Everybody tells me how beautiful and fun the Philippine Islands are. I have many students from PI, and they seem to love going back.

Palau has been described to me as so Technicolor saturated that it's as if you're on drugs. The photos I have seen confirm this.

You will pay a pretty penny for these experiences, though. Sorry. Rob

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