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Playing Tag in Alhambra's Alhambra Palace of Charles V_

Playing tag in Alhambra’s Palace of Charles V

TV Travel Tips (How to Stream the Latest Game of Thrones)

How to Stream Game of Thrones BlinkBox

In an earlier episode we taught you how to stream your favorite television shows while traveling abroad. Sadly, not all shows are always available for streaming. If you’re hooked on Game of Thrones and want to watch the latest season, for example, you’re mostly out of luck.

It took more than eight months for Season 3 to be released on DVD or made available for download. Considering that Season 4 just wrapped up last week, you won’t be able to see the fallout from the Red Wedding until sometime in 2015 (long after your blabbermouth friends will have likely spoiled any surprises.) The same is true for Homeland, the third season of which ended in December 2013 but still isn’t available to stream more than six months later.

Only, none of that is entirely true.  

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Get $25 Off Your Next AirBnB Rental

Just one of the many apartments we've rented through AirBnB - this one we rented for a week in Provence, France.

Just one of the many apartments we’ve rented through AirBnB. This one, located in the heart of St. Remy, is where we based ourselves for a week in Provence, France.

Ever since our first experiment with AirBnB (where we snagged a New York City room that cost us 60% less than the cheapest traditional hotel rate we could find) we’ve used the house-sharing site to book dozens of apartments in places like Hawaii, D.C., Barcelona and Paris. Over the past couple of years it has become one of our go-to sites for lodging.

After booking an apartment in Northumberland the other day, we received a message informing us that we could offer our friends a $25 credit toward their next AirBnB rental. Considering that we view all of our readers as dear friends, we wanted to extend that offer to each and every one of you.

Claim your $25 AirBnB Credit

All you have to do to claim your credit is click this link or the button above and register as a new AirBnB user. And all that you have to do to register is enter your name, e-mail address and choose a password.

Voila, you’re done!

You now have a shiny new AirBnB account. Best of all, AirBnB will then automatically deduct $25 (or the equivalent in your home currency) off your next booking of $75 or more made with that new account.

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Learning to Drive in the White Hill Towns of Andalusia, Spain

The White City of Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

The White City of Arcos de la Frontera.

“Is there a problem with your car?” the increasingly annoyed hotel owner said to me in English. He and I both knew that the problem had nothing to do with my automobile.

To be fair, it wasn’t my fault that he had to wait so long for me to park. I’m not the one who decided to prohibit guests from operating the garage door. I don’t know who came up with the brilliant idea to require a front desk person to walk outside and physically open the gate every time you wanted to enter or exit the car park, but it wasn’t me.

Nor was it my fault that parking spaces were so tight that, once in a spot, we couldn’t open the passenger side door at all and, even then, there was so little room on the other side that I only managed to squeeze out of the car after emptying my pockets. Seriously, I nearly destroyed my phone trying to force my way out the driver’s side door.  

I’m completely blameless in all of that. But deciding to drive a manual transmission car for the first time through the ancient hill-top towns that dot Andalusia, Spain? Yup, that one is on me.

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Once Isn’t Enough at the Alhambra

An Alhambra Palace Building with Flowers

It was the first time this has happened during our travels. So enticed were we by the idea of visiting the Alhambra, a sprawling Moorish complex perched above the town of Granada, that we pre-booked tickets for not just one but two visits.

When we debated where in continental Europe to begin our travels, an image of the Alhambra kept looming in my mind. And so we set out for Spain, beginning in Madrid and then traveling further south, steadily making our way to Granada. With such a weighty decision made because of a single site, it seemed only fitting that we do it justice by visiting twice to see the Alhambra in sunlight and moonlight.

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