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June 13, 2005
Spain: More than Bulls
Seville was little more than a stopover, but I was a lot more than lost wandering through the endless alleys. I met Serena at a hostel in Valencia and accompanied her to Barcelona, her new home.

A glass of Bio Frutas "Pacifico" juice and a bowl of gazpacho at a coffeeshop in Seville.

Colors in my Belly

I met three Canadian backpackers on the train from Seville to Valencia. There was a stadium directly across the train station about to host a bullfight. The four of us had vague ideas about what to expect, but we realized our ignorance once the bullfight began.

Bullfight Poster

Out comes an angry bull. Bullfighters tease and tire the bull, and then three bullfighters stab it twice each until there are six swords dangling from his back.

Ugly in Pink

Negative Reinforcement

Two bullfighters come out on blindfolded and shielded horses and one of them stabs the bull. In turn, the bull attacks the horse and the horse remains calm.

The horse eats dirt without showing displeasure

When the bull slows down drastically, the matador gives him one last stab and the bull falls stiff to his side. Two horses comes out to drag the bull out of the stadium. Hooray! Workers cover the bull blood with dirt to prepare for the next bull. The Canadians and I stayed for five of the six bullfights.

The ending is predictable

Serena and I met at the Home Hostel in Valencia. We walked around and when we heard loud bangs, we walked toward them. I think we caught the last firework, but what was left resembled my mental image of a bomb scene.

Fireworks Aftermath

Serena and me.

Tevan and Serena in Barcelona

A view of the neighborhood from the roof of the Home Hostel.

View from Home Hostel

A smiling lobster resting on a roof along a boardwalk.

This lobster's face is down with computer lingo =)

This fashion season we offer you Pop Tits.

Pop Tits Available Here

Las Ramblas is the tourist street in Barcelona. At the end of Las Ramblas was this abandoned cat. I fed him for two days and the third day he was gone.


Street performers and vendors line the sides of Las Ramblas. This businessman was caught in time.

Light Social Commentary

And this man was painting.

Sleeping on the job, with intermittent spirts of painting energy, is his job

On some trains, the subway cars are connected without doors. The train is like one long car.

One Long Car

Antonio Gaudi's work is scattered across Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Pillars in Park Guell

Lizard in Park Guell

Shadow of a monument that reads:

"To those who died defending the rights and constitutions of Catalonia in the siege of Barcelona (1713-1714)"

One Long Car

An artist risked his ass by vandalizing a wall to warn tourists about pickpockets.

Pickpockets Love Tourists

Even the so-called "Designated Graffiti Area" sign is a Designated Graffiti Area itself.

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June 16, 2005
Zurich: Ca$hMoney
I stopped by Zurich, Switzerland on the way to Rome. Swiss watches and Swiss army knives are popular, but I didn't spot any Swiss cheese or Swiss Miss. I ran errands and further practiced the art of wandering.


Put a circle on your circle

Free speech means fur coats and opponents of fur coats. An ad at a train station in Geneva.

Take it all

Broken window to a fur shop in Zurich.

Broken hearts lead to broken glass

This wall isn't going anywhere

Trees along a trail

The city put up dozens of bears around town, designed by artists and businesses in the community, while I was there.

Hello from Prison Bears

Hello from Pig Bear

Biggest Clock Face in Europe Award goes to: St. Peter's Church.

Big Clock

He exits the ground to greet passersby

Potable water is free.

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June 26, 2005
Italy: Steez & History
Rome is a conglomerate of extensive history, architecture, and style. I met my friends Puff and Maxx there. From Rome we took the train north to Cinque Terre and then east to Pisa and Florence.

Sunlight shining through the oculus of the Pantheon lit the wall.

Light seeping through the oculus at the Pantheon

The colossal Colosseum.

Looking up a wall outside the Colosseum

Batteries not included: Trevi Fountain.

Puff, Maxx, and I drank and drew on a piece of paper at a bar. Before we left, we added our paper to an evergrowing lampshade above one of the tables.

Papers and Light

St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City: It's a big church.

St. Peter's Basilica

Pillars at the Vatican City entrance.

The first construction of the Castel Sant'Angelo was completed in 139 AD.

Castel Sant'Angelo, seen from the end of the Elian bridge

Torre Argentina is a cat sanctuary where stray cats are fed by volunteers. In 44 BC, Julius Caesar was stabbed here.

Cinque Terre is easily one of the most gorgeous places I've seen. It's composed of five small villages, connected by trains and trails, along the west coast of northern Italy.

Three badasses who hiked the trails along the coast of Cinque Terre.

Tevan, Puff & Maxx

A poster in Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is always erect but anticlimactic.

In Florence, Puff gravitated down one particular street. His gravitation led us to 8 x 8, an exhibit of eight rooms designed by eight design companies.

Colorful shops on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

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