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Spain facts and history in brief

The Kingdom of Spain is a country located in the southwest of Europe.
It shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal and Gibraltar.
In the northeast it borders France and the tiny principality of Andorra, along the Pyrenees mountain range.
It also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in the north of Africa.

Spain has been a constitutional monarchy and a democracy since the Spanish Constitution of 1978 was approved, being divided into 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities with high degree of autonomy.

Official languages Spanish (also called Castilian) (in some regions also Catalan, Basque or Galician)

Capital; Madrid
King; Juan Carlos I of Spain
Area; 504,782 km2
Population; 40,037,995.

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Hui Chin and I travelled to Madrid, Spain from Lisbon, Portugal, by the famous Talgo express with our Eurail Pass.

We were a bit lucky to get to Hendaye, considering there was a railway strike somewhere in southern France.

We did know we'll have trouble getting to Lourdes and back, but we didn't what other trains or lines were affected.

With the help of a kind Lisbon man, who first seen and Lourdes and thought of him being an Englishman, kindly escorted us to the little train station in Hendaye to Irun and from the train's in Irun to the Lisbon express's station.

With his help we managed to catch our train, which we probably would have missed otherwise.

Thank you very much mate, if you ever happen to read this.

You can click on these photos for an enlargement.

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