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29 September 2017 @ 11:03 am
Spain Day 3  
This day I saw lots of birds and had some very yummy food.

This is a Wood Pigeon. I first saw one of these in the city. One had landed on a chimney. I was amazed how huge these are. Bigger than the common Rock Dove. Was hard to get a decent pic but finally got this one. Was hoping to get an adult showing the white collar and the white wings. You can kind of see the white on the wings here.

This is a white wagtail. They act a lot like our Northern Mocking birds being very aggressive and fighting with each other.

I think this is a spotted flycatcher but I am unsure. It's not clear in my book.

Juvenile blackbird getting adult plumage. This is actually a member of the thrush family related to our robins and bluebirds.

I think this is a Willow Warbler but also unsure. All these birds were seen in a park in the city. More of a play ground with gardens than a real park.

This is a nice salmon bread thing I had that day. These are meals you get when you order a drink called Tapas. You get a choice of many different things.

This is another Tapas. It's squid and it's probably the best squid I have ever had. It was so savory and good. I hate how squid in America is breaded. Why can't they make it like this?

I was first introduced to this on the plane. It's lemon Fanta or carbonated lemonade. This is what I mostly drank as far as soda. It wasn't bad since the orange one is no good over there. I love the half size of this cute can.

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actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC)
Cute bird pics. I love that you got the white wagtail looking at the camera. That pigeon is so cute and fat.

That salmon bread thing looks good. Normally, salmon is too fishy tasting for me, but that looks good. I don't know if I've ever had fried squid. The mixed bag seafood that Dad buys to make paella has squid in it, and I like the little rings. I've had squid salad at Asian buffets too.

Lemon Fanta? I'd drink it.
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Desthagirion on September 29th, 2017 04:40 pm (UTC)
No we don't have it here. We have orange, grape and strawberry. Sometimes other flavors but never seen lemon so it was all new to me.
actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 04:49 pm (UTC)
We have Fanta, but not lemon flavored. It comes in orange, grape, strawberry, pineapple, peach, mango, and berry blue here. There are other flavors too, but those are regional or only in other countries.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on September 30th, 2017 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, same for where I live in Canada. I haven't seen lemon, just mostly orange and grape. We don't have strawberry, but cream soda :-)
Desthagirion on September 29th, 2017 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The wagtails were neat. They weren't afraid they were too busy with each other. That's what I kept calling it in Spanish. Fat pigeon because I did not know the name.

That salmon was super fishy and the reason I liked it so much. I love a strong fish taste. Chris would have been grossed out by it. He does not like fish. Fried squid this way is also very strong so if you don't like strong seafood it may not be for you. The rings are the mantles cut in cross section. I loved they sold large whole squid at the supermarket. Those pics will be next.

It was weird at first but after a few sips I got used to it and liked it.
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actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 05:02 pm (UTC)
We got our recipe for paella out of a cookbook that has recipes from all over the world in it. That recipe uses shrimp, but Dad has researched other recipes and tweaked that one. He's made paella with chicken in it and also he's used the seafood bag that has squid and shellfish. I love it when he finds scallops to put in.
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actipton80actipton80 on September 29th, 2017 06:56 pm (UTC)
My Dad's paella probably isn't authentic either, but we like it.

I know about ll being different than l in Spanish because I took Spanish in high school. We always pronounced it like Y, but I think that's how most of the Spanish speakers around here pronounce it. Most of them are from Mexico, and they have different pronunciation than they do in Spain.
jokerforeverjokerforever on September 30th, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
Those are pretty bird pics, the wood pigeon pic is my fave, it looks a nice size. The Willow Warbler is my 2nd fave, it has nice yellow colors.

That salmon bread thing looks delicious. I'm usually not too big on seafood though the squid looks tasty too.
Desthagirion on October 1st, 2017 04:21 pm (UTC)
Woopse almost missed this. Thanks. I'm impressed with how big these wood pigeons were. Bigger than our city pigeons. Warblers are tiny and were hard to photograph. Out of many pics only two came out decent. Many were just of leaves because they'd be gone by the time you pressed the shutter. Ha. Glad you like them. They were pretty yellow.
Glad to hear it. I liked all the seafood they had that day.