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August 2017

8 apps to ease your travels in Spain!

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be my first road trip to Xeraco.  I'll share 8 apps to ease your travels in Spain!

And, so the time had come for me to head out on my first road trip to Xeraco to meet my soon to be greatest American buds here in Spain!  Hooray!  It was my first time taking the train system in Spain this distance by myself.  Oh, boy!  Being in a foreign country with a time constraint to catch multiple trains felt a bit daunting its first go-round, but by using a few handy dandy apps, I made it without a snafu just fine!  I began the journey coordinating the train out my tiny wine village into the beautiful city of Barcelona (approx. 45 minutes).  From there I would take the long distance train (approx. 5 hours) straight into Valencia, followed by a third train that would get me into the small Mediterranean beach town of Xeraco (approx. 1 hour).  At the last leg of the journey, I took a taxi service (15 minutes) from the original part of the pueblo in Xeraco to the beach resort area without speaking a lick of Spanish the entire way!  Here's how I did it:

Luckily, I had some handy dandy apps to get the job done!  I was also very thankful that my new American friends took the one taxi service from their beach house to meet me at my final destination (using the only off-season taxi driver in Xeraco who was on their speed dial).  The handy apps that made this journey and many others possible without going into extreme panic include:

  • WhatsApp:  What is it?  It's an app for calling and texting.  You'd be hard pressed to find a Spaniard that didn't use this app to communicate using calls or texts.  Not having this app to coordinate with any local peeps here in Spain is nearly impossible.  Make this a download must if you are spending any length of time in Spain.
  • Rome2Rio:  What is it?  It's a long distance trip planning app that will save your butt going anywhere from Rome to Rio.  You name the place; this app will get you there.  It is unbelievably useful and came highly recommended to me by my travel blogging friends at Move To Traveling located here in Denia, Spain.  
  • Speak & Translate:  What is it?  It's a speaking translator app that will help you communicate with locals in the train or bus stations to make sure you are heading in the right direction or with your taxi driver to get you to your final destination safe and sound.
  • Google Translate:  What is it?  It's a writing translator app.  Use it to translate signs along the way or to help you send What's App messages back and forth to Spanish locals.  Copy and pasting will be a godsend when you need to get a message across!  
  • Google Maps:  What is it?  It's a mapping app.  Use it to pin (save) train station locations when you do a little exploring from the train or bus you just got off.  Use it to get from one station to the next above ground or use it to find that restaurant, hotel or destination that you are heading to by foot, bike, car or train.  
  • Renfe:  What is it?  It's the app for the train line here in Spain.  Use this to find out when your next train is coming or going.
  • Alsa:  What is it?  It's the app for the bus line here in Spain.  Use this to find out when your next bus is coming or going.
  • BlaBlaCar:  What is it?  It's a car share app used all over Europe.  It's not a taxi; It's not Uber or Lyft where everyday peeps become a taxi service (on call).  It is, however, an app for everyday peeps that are already taking a trip to a particular destination and have room in their car to rent you a seat at a lower price than you would usually pay to go by train or bus.  Things to watch for here are baggage limitations if you aren't a light packer.  A quick tip is to use WhatsApp and Google Translate apps to communicate with your Spanish driver regarding your meet up and drop off points.

Happy Travels! 

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  

 Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Americans in Spain, hooray!

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be meeting Americans online that would change the course of my entire experience here in Spain.

It was now the beginning of March, and I was about to meet a couple that would quite literally change my entire experience here in Spain more than I could ever imagine!  

Sure, I had been enjoying my fair share of power walks around wine country to discover all things that were right under my nose, but it was time to set these sails onward and outward!  

I had been invited to explore another part of Spain by two wonderful Americans I recently connected with online via mutual friends.  These two lovely people had moved to Spain directly from Denver, CO only six months before my arrival here.  We all shared a mutual connection within the art community back in Denver who insisted that we would fall madly in love with one another as friends and that's just what we did!  

In fact, our "friendship love affair" with life in Spain continues actively to this very day in a city we all currently call home named Denia, Spain (This happens nearly a year into my tiny tales here in Spain).  

For storytelling purposes, let's get back on track to the beginning of my adventure.  At this time, Eric and Amalia called a very quaint Spanish beach town, Xeraco, (on the Mediterranean Sea) home.  It took all but a few email exchanges back and forth with my new friends to land me a five-day stay to meet them in their beautiful home on the Mediterranean.  As I had mentioned earlier, it was now March, and that meant they had scored this gorgeous beachfront home for a song in the off-season at this tiny Mediterranean community.  Xeraco is a community located in the province of Valencia.   Like many coastal towns here in Spain the city of Xeraco is divided into two parts.  The original town and the beach resort, Xeraco Platja.  Guess where yours truly was headed? You knew it was going to be the latter choice, didn't you?  It was straight to that beach resort lifestyle to sink my teeth into some Mediterranean living for a lovely long weekend.

It took me faster than you can say Jack Rabbit to book my ticket and I was counting down the days until I would depart on my first 5-hour train ride across Spain.  Woohoo!  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

The lake at Cordinui Vineyards

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be finding a walking trail connecting one side of the wine village to the other on the beautiful vineyard trails at Cordinui in Sant Sadurni!  

So, all this talk of a lake surrounded by sprawling vineyards had me chomping at the bit to go exploring again!  One of my students had mentioned she enjoyed running around a lake located in the vineyards at a Bodega called Cordinui.  

Well, alrighty great Genie of all roads, take me there straight away! I summoned my Google Maps to lead the way, and sure enough, I found this great Bodega called Cordinui, but where was this lake they speaketh of?  It didn't take a rocket scientist at this point to figure this was a fabulous question for the visitor center inside the Bodega.  So, I scurried right in and found someone that spoke enough English to point me in the direction of the Lake.  Hooray!  

I followed the road down to the end and turned in toward the vineyards to begin my exploration of this new territory and it was a grand discovery indeed!  Was that a walking trail sign ahead?  This path was looking promising already.  I followed the trail and finally come upon the lake my student had mentioned.  While the lake itself was nothing to celebrate, the path and its potential were!  You see, today I found out that this little gem of a trail connected the wine village from one side straight to the other while walking through beautiful scenic vineyards.  I can't tell you how often that I came here and took this lovely walk and how the tranquility of this wonderful place would calm my soul as nothing else had up until now.

Cavas Codorniu is located at:  Avenida Jaume de Codorníu, s/n, 08770 Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Barcelona

Phone: 938 91 33 42

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Just a couple of jackasses in wine country!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be a union of jackasses in wine country.

Most who know me might describe me as being a giant jackass.  I'd like to think that those same folks would go as far as describing me as their all-time favorite jackass, but the title nonetheless remains the same.  Total jackass!  

Today, I would find a few other actual donkeys on my daily walk in the wooded vineyards.  You see I was becoming quite the expert on getting my students to reveal the secrets of wine country during my lessons.  I would love getting them talking about their favorite things, places, walks, restaurants, etc.  During a recent class, one of my students revealed that she loved running in the vineyards.  Now, hold on just a minute!  Running in the vineyards? Where the heck was there enough vineyard to run?  I had discovered my fair share of short little walks lined with grapevines in this place, but sprawling vineyards?  I thought that I needed a car to see such things.  

Well, who was the jackass now?  I believe you know that I was implying, it was yours truly again!   My students had informed me of a lake that people walked around that came surrounded by sprawling vineyards.  Now, for someone that while trying to retain the title of Indian Jones of wine country, I was falling a bit short not having not found this bespoken treasure.  So, I was on the hunt again!  Today I would wind through that amazing cemetery I had discovered the week prior, and then I found myself crossing over what seemed to be a busy road leading to a dead-end.  But was it a dead-end?  

Of course not people!  It was the beginning of discovery, yet again!  However, today, it would not be the lake that I discovered (although it was so close I could taste it).  Instead, I would find a couple of real jackasses that called an upper wooded trail in this vineyard home.  As I walked by them, I found myself waving to them and then giggling at my assinine behavior.  In the end, it seemed it was the title of jackass that stuck to me like glue even through my attempts to replace it with a much cooler title of the Indiana Jones of wine country.

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent