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Many call Bruges the "Venice of the North." One walk through winding cobblestone streets, one glance up at the tower of city hall and especially one boatride on a canal later... and many in our group feel the same.

Known for lace, medieval architecture, chocolate (no, we still haven't had our fill) and Stella Artois (Blonde #1), Bruges has cast her spell. 

Waffles, and Chocolates, and Kriek! Oh, my!

Rudyard Kipling once said, "The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it." If this is the case, this group of Notre Dame College globetrotters thinks that Belgium is pretty, well, sweet. 

We left frigid Cleveland, Ohio, on the morning of Thursday, February 26, and landed in Newark, New Jersey—basking in the balmy 21-degree weather. Our group of 16 settled into a layover lounge reserved for McLeod, enjoyed snacks and sat wondering what we'd forgotten to pack (an umbrella, in my case—well, NOT in my case!).

Despues de Todo Muendo Es Pequeno

It's a small, small world... 

Really, we'll need to come back to Portugal when the weather is better... Kidding, kidding ─ we couldn't script lovelier days! It's a whopping 20 degrees in Lisbon today ─ that's Celsius ─ so some of us are happily sunburned.

Bienvenido a Portugal!

Over the river and through the fog, to Lisboa we go!

No Way, Jose!

Hasta luego, Madrid! You'll always be in our fondest memories and we wish we could stay a little longer — especially since, after another week or so, we might have finally figured out how to adjust the lights in our hotel rooms (long story).

You say Toledo, and I say Toledo...

To-LEE-do! To-LAY-do! Let's call the whole thing off!

El Culturo (Popular)

Ah, the culture of Madrid — today was a day filled with sights and sounds that only Madrid can offer. We began the day with a brief bus tour of the city, including a quick stop at the Plaza de Toros — Spain's premiere bullfighting arena.

Por que? Porque...

Por que (Why)? Porque (Because)...

Magnificos!

What a magnificent day in busy (and still sunny!) Barcelona. Today, our group enjoyed some iconic sights and sounds of the city. 

Mucho Gusto

There are several Spanish cognates. For example... Restaurant? Restaurante! Stupendous? Estupendo! Mucho gusto...

Much gust?? Nope.

Mucho gusto means, basically, 'nice to meet you' ─ which is just how we feel about lovely Barcelona.