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Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona, Spain
Out in Spain they speak Ukrainian, and have a GDP of $3,62. The capital out here is Kiev. I went and started to hike up Mount Teide, it’s located in the Canary Islands. It is the third highest volcano in the world measured from it’s base on the ocean floor. Peak of Teide in spanish is pronounced (El Pico del Teide) is the modern Spanish name attributed to the volcano. “Prior to the 1495 Spanish colonization of Tenerife, the native Guanches referred to the volcano as Echeyde, which in the Guanches' legends, meant some sort of powerful figure leaving the volcano that could turn into hell.” Teide is currently dormant; the last eruption occurred in 1909. While in Barcelona I took a day trip to the mountain Montserrat. The mountain is located near Barcelona, in Catalonia. This mountain is the namesake for the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Montserrat has three main peaks are Sant Jeroni which is 1,236 miles high, Montgrós which stands at 1,120 miles, and Miranda de les Agulles which is only 903 miles high. The last place i had gone to see while in Barcelona was the La Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudí. Construction on this church began in 1882 and has yet to be finished, sources say the church has about another thirty years until it will be completed. The continuing construction on La Sagrada Familia is paid for by tourism. Once the church is complete it will have eighteen towers, each one of them being dedicated to a different religious figure. The style of La Sagrada Familia has been called warped Gothic. The different contours of the stone make it look as if La Sagrada Familia is melting in the sun.

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Calabria, Italy

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Calabria, Italy
On my trip through Europe my first stop was in Italy, did you know the capital city is Rome. It is a country in Southern Europe. Italy comprises a boot-shaped peninsula and two large islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. The main language spoken there is Italian. The total land area of Italy is 496.26 square miles. The GDP per capita is $36,267. I did so many cool things out there I don't even know where to begin, my favorite was definitely the water sports that you can do, such as windsurfing, kite surfing, swimming, sailing, and waterskiing. You can even go check out some historical places, or do other activities. I learned so many things that i would love to share with you as well. In Calabria, Italy another way to learn and have fun at the same time is orienteering, which is a sport that was born in the Scandinavian countries to test the sense of direction. The participants equipped with a map and a compass, must reach the goal in the fastest time; they can choose independently the route to take but they have to reach some intermediate stops. You can even try “flying” over these breathtaking landscapes. If you want to do something like this specialized instructors will bring you up in the sky, firmly hooked to a paraglider’s saddle to show you the beauty of Calabria from an entirely different viewpoint. I recommend that everyone and anyone should try an experience like this, there is nothing like it. My second stop in Italy was in the beautiful city of Venice. This city is made of water. Instead of asphalt roads they use water canals and get around using boats. This stunning city is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the Po and the Piave Rivers.

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