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Almussafes, January 23, 2008

Yesterday we traveled a short distance from Valencia to a wonderfully modern hotel where we met some more super great people.The lecture was attended by about 32 magicians at the local civic center which is also home to a huge magic festival in April.  I have been invited back for this festival and hope to be able to attend in the next few years. The afternoon was spent eating and drinking.  It was an incredible meal of meats, rice, vegetables, bread and wine.  I really wish I was feeling better.  I have a sore throat and stuffy nose.  I believe all the travel and no sleep is getting me sick. The lecture was fun and the magicians had a good time.  I did learn a new Spanish word last night which got a huge laugh.  It appear when I say the word “pen” and add my Canadian “eh” to the end …  it sounds like “pen-eh”, which to you and me would remind you of a pasta dish.  Well in Spanish this means “Dick” so I kept saying ” to distract the spectator I reach for my Dick!” which I am sure would distract just about anyone! The evening ended with dinner in a traditional Cafeteria and some great local food including fried pigs ears.  Quite tasty when you get over the fact its a pigs ear! 

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 We left the cafeteria and went to a local bar where just  six of us played darts.  I learned another lesson here.  I suck at darts.  In both games I came in dead last.  I was however having fun watching David Wilson hurl the darts at the board.  I can’t really laugh as he was always in the top three.  Well of course he was, he has an arm long enough to reach almost half way to the board. 

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  The evening ended with an attractive young lady asking me if I had plans for the rest of the evening.  Now that was flattering, but I told her I had a date with Wilson! Off to bed and onto Barcelona! 

Valencia, January 22, 2008

Last night I did a presentation for about 25 magicians in Valencia.  They had expected double but it was a holiday weekend and many of the magicians of the area had left the city.  They had their own club house and were very generous hosts.  

 

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Following my presentation we went to dinner, Chinese cuisine, and onto the bar scene.  Here in Spain most of the bars are quite smoky and it is killing my throat.  I am almost completely without a voice!  Imagine that!

Today we have what has to be the shortest trip, just twenty minutes so I was hoping to sleep in and get some well deserved rest!  Not!  Woke to church bells, screaming baby and some body with a death wish hammering somewhere in the building.  Now I have a goal for the day … find the bastard and kill him!  Ok maybe not kill him, just wound him so he will warn others!  

Yesterday started off quite special when David Wilson, my travel friend and I realized we were quite low on fuel.  Of course we realized this after entering a toll highway with no service for 39 kilometers . So off I went to convince a Police office rto stop 12 lanes of traffic so I could do a U-Turn and exit the toll area.  Oh they wanted 20 Euro to exit!  Yes, I did enter but only went about 30 feet on their road!  So off I went to convince the kind toll people to let me out without payment…  I love magic and apparently they do too as it cost me nothing and it was some fun to watch 12 lines of cars staring at us as we slowly crossed the huge highway, over the meridian and out the other side.

Lunch was also a treat.  We had spent the better part of an hour trying to find our hotel in Valencia.  It turns out you can’t drive to the hotel as it is in an alley way. What a cute hotel … did I mention they are doing construction? So if you were in the third largest city in Spain where would you have lunch?  McDonalds .. good news their food tastes just as bad over here!Well I’m off to nurse my sore throat and get ready for the huge 20 minute journey to our next destination …