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Cartoon comes to life in Pamplona

Cartoon comes to life in Pamplona

Share Darth Vader, using his fingers as bull horns, chases a Storm Trooper dressed as a San Fermín runner. A snorkeling hedgehog falls in love with a nearby puffer fish. A bull in a white halter dress and pearls strikes a Marilyn Monroe pose. These cartoons, and many more, make up Kukuxumusu, a T-shirt shop…

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Oldest shop in Barcelona delights customers with its deep routed history, eclectic candles

Oldest shop in Barcelona delights customers with its deep routed history, eclectic candles

Share From skulls to carrots to cathedrals, the oldest candle shop in the world has been molding original designs for more than 250 years. Candle maker Paulí Subirà and his descendants have been fashioning candles since 1939 with the same principles of the Middle Ages, said Pilar Subirà, the daughter of owner Jordi Subirà. “Although…

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Belchite: A city untouched after war

Share Travelers wait for years in anticipation of the day they can visit the ruins of ancient civilizations. Pictures fill history books telling stories of the battles fought and whole countries ruined many years ago. In Spain, however, the fighting wasn’t thousands of years ago and the civilization didn’t crumble at the feet of an…

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Baluard offers freshly baked breads, pastries

Baluard offers freshly baked breads, pastries

Share Behind a counter stacked with layers of fresh bread and a cabinet delicately lined with fruit tarts, donuts and shelves of pastries, Anna Bellsolá moves about an L-shaped serving space. At just over 5 feet tall, she stands on her tiptoes to hear orders, but after years of practice, Bellsolá knows how to keep…

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Pamplona’s oldest park offers scenic views

Pamplona’s oldest park offers scenic views

Share While running with the bulls can be a good workout, there are other ways to get some fresh air and exercise in Pamplona. La Taconera, the city’s oldest park, sits in the center of Pamplona. The park is open night and day for visitors wanting to stretch their legs and appreciate a calmer part…

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Designer creates jewelry inspired by Mediterranean Sea

Share Jewelry designer Enric Majoral creates signature pieces influenced by the Mediterranean Sea as he remembers nature and the island of Formentera.  His jewelry reflects natural themes of the region, beginning in his home country of Spain, where his jewelry collection is renowned. Though the style of his work is commonly defined as Mediterranean, Majoral’s…

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Monasterio de Leyre a physical place for a spiritual journey

Share The spirits of the past echo through the room like the voices of the present as they perform Gregorian chants. Filing in one by one, they pause to bow before the Virgin Santa María de Leyre in reverence. As the monks kneel in prayer, each contemplates his spiritual condition. They perform this ritual between…

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Pintxos bring people together through small plates

Share Friends and family gather as the aromas of sweet bread, grapes with a touch of cedar and savory ham fills the air. Guests line up with insatiable appetites and plates in hands, as they move through a myriad of dishes. Though the decadent spread may appear so, today is not a holiday. Rather, this…

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Social media roundup: March 29

We’ll be doing daily updates from the Alpine Living Staff as they travel around Spain from March 15-30. Be sure to check out alpineliving.ua.edu for stories and blogs from our fifth edition!

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Three small tips for visiting Lisbon

Share Walking around Lisbon on our first day here, I learned three lessons that helped during the rest of our stay. Look both ways before crossing the street Some crosswalks in Lisbon mark the names of victims who have died in pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents. Though the city has initiated the Safe Street Walk campaign, crossing…

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