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May 30: arrival in Spain

Just like that, made it into Spain. This was my first time there as well.

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An attic glimpse just out of the tunnel.

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Behold Portbou, Spain's northeasternmost town.

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RENFE is Spain's primary rail company (the name comes from Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles).

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A quick first sighting of the Spanish Mediterranean.

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The church of Santa Maria de Portbou looks many centuries old but is actually a Neo-Gothic construction from 1878!

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A cheerful detail at Portbou station. It always surprises me to see a single pin transferring all the weight of a large steel structure.

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From here, the town of Llançà, the route turned inland.

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Just outside of Llançà, a substantial wall, encircling a mosque-looking building, but from the map I'm not sure what it is.

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Power lines and mushroom trees.

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In the major city of Girona, a building with hints of Kahn or Moneo. It's along the Plaça de la Constitució, but I haven't been able to determine what it is.

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Splash!

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A bustling platform at the Girona station.

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The station at Caldes de Malavella has all the primaries covered.

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"Maçanet Massanes" rolls right off the tongue. From here we headed back toward the coast, paralleling the Riu de la Tordera.

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A picturesque scene augmented by the increasing goldness of the sunlight.

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The Riu de la Tordera flowing sparsely in the lengthening shadows.