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Where in the world am I? And the winner is…

Where in the world am I?For this week’s Where in the world am I? we celebrate history, culture, food. This month, there are a number of anniversaries for this particular place – all memorable, some tragic. This one is also dedicated to a friend, who will be getting married in this country at the end of this week. And this country also commemorates another anniversary for me.

This week’s where in the world am I? This week, it’s all about dates in history and anniversaries. While this particular city was picked to remember a particular anniversary, it’s the country we are celebrating for a number of reasons. This country has seen some of the most tragic battles – both from foreigners as well as internal fighting. However, this country is proud and rich in culture and heritage. This photo celebrates the new, more recent history while remembering some of its dark past.

For me, Spain has fond memories as I have celebrated a couple of things while traveling in Spain and staying at the Madrid hotels near the more famous sites – an anniversary and an important event in my life. This weekend, a friend will be getting married here after spending a number of years living here. There will be lots of hints for this week’s “Where in the world am I?” and you will learn as much about me as you will this country. So play along and guess the city and country in this photo (you can even guess the building if you desire!).

Are these clues not enough? Follow along on Facebook and Twitter to get more hints on Wednesday and Thursday!

  • Leave your guess on the blog only (no Facebook or Twitter guesses allowed) by Thursday, September 22 11:59 PM EST
  • Hints will be given on Twitter and my Facebook fan page throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday
  • One guess per hint (with each hint, you can leave a new guess)
  • Winners will be announced on Friday with a brief profile of the winner on this post, shout outs on Twitter and Facebook, and a link to a recent post on Facebook!
  • Even if you don’t write about travel at all, join in the fun and tell us what you love about travel!

This week I am doing something different and picking two winners. Congratulations to Inside Journeys and Brandy Templet for correctly identifying this week’s “Where in the world am I?” photo as the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.

This week was a difficult one as there were many guesses but only three people answered correctly. So a special congrats to Andreas for also answering correctly!

Madrid, Spain – This week celebrated a number of dates in Spanish history – and not all of them good. On September 16 and 18, 1810 Mexico and Chile declared their independence from Spain. On September 10, 1981 Spain celebrated Picasso’s painting Guernica being returned to Spain after traveling around the world. For those that don’t know about this famous painting hanging in the Reina Sofia in Madrid, this tragedy is long remembered in Spain and was a precursor to World War II.

In April 1937, General Francisco Franco gave permission to Hitler and Germany to bomb the Basque town of Guernica. This air raid by Germany was a practice run for their carpet bombing techniques that they would use in WWII – and the results were horrific and tragic. Pablo Picasso was in Paris when he heard of the bombing. His painting commemorates and remembers the tragedy in Guernica expressed in his mural. Meanwhile, Picasso’s rule in Spain lasted nearly 40 years until his death in 1974.

For me, Spain has fond memories as I have celebrated a couple of things while traveling in Spain – an anniversary and finding out that we were pregnant with our first child. This weekend, a friend who has lived in Spain for the last few years is getting married to a Spaniard. So despite some bad memories and tough times, there is much to celebrate in Spain right now!

Inside Journeys (@InsideJourneys) loves to travel. In her own words:

“Travel, like books, opens new worlds to me and lets my mind soar. Four months in Spain as a teenager changed the way I look at travel, it made me want to get to know the places I visited, connect with ordinary people, learn the culture, and language, if it was different from my own. Since then, I traveled far but there’s so much more left for me to experience. My big dream is to take a year (or two) and travel the world, see UNESCO Heritage Sites, places of religious or spiritual significance or that are just plain fun.”

Follow Inside Journeys on Facebook as well as her blog – Inside Journeys

Brandy Templet is a case manager who works with adults that have developmental disabilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She enjoys traveling ANYWHERE! Her most memorable travel experience was the summer she spent in Europe in 2006. She has traveled through Italy, France, and England and to but it simply…it was amazing! Her next travel excursion will happen next fall and will take her to the Northwest, near Seattle…and she can’t wait!

Congrats to Inside Journeys, Brandy, and Andres and can’t wait to do this again next week!

Thanks to Otel for being a sponsor of this week’s “Where in the world am I?”!

What is “where is the world am I?” all about?

Reading travel blogs and getting travel information is great! I love doing it and learn about some great new places every day. However, for those that don’t have time to read a lot of travel blogs, this is a great way to share about where you are visiting, where you have recently been, or where you are going and a fact about that place. This way, people have a way of learning about new places and destinations and interesting information about that place.

Start your own “Where in the world am I?” series on your blog and let’s share our photos and facts about places! Feel free to share your “where in the world am I?” posts each week on this blog to participate. And share on Twitter with the hashtag #whereinworld every Wednesday!

Leave your name, link to your “Where in the world am I?” post, and make sure you link back to my blog post each week! Let’s enjoy this new travel game!

Please note: Moderation is turned on for this contest and comments will need to be approved before they are posted. No need to resubmit your comment. I don’t want people stealing other people’s answers but trust me – I am getting your comments!

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  1. pete says:

    heidenplatz in vienna

  2. Norbert says:

    I’ll give a wild guess and say it’s Mexico City?

  3. Hey Jeremy! Are you in Poland??

  4. I am going to guess Warsaw due to your hint and note about anniversaries. Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, which started WWII.

  5. Hmmm…. I need more clues! I’m pretty sure it’s in Europe somewhere…

  6. Liesl Hansen says:

    I say Austria. Helps that I lived in Vienna for 4 months.

  7. nfo says:

    Royal Palace in Madrid

  8. Jade says:

    I feel like I know this place- like I’ve been there, unfortunately the name is escaping me. ahh, this is going to drive me crazy!

  9. Not sure how specific it needs to be but I’m saying the former Yugoslavia.

  10. I’m going to guess Vienna, Austria….

  11. You’re in Madrid, Spain!

  12. Neat idea, Jeremy. I’ll plan to do one next week.
    This looks like the Royal Palace in Madrid. I saw it years ago but I think I remember it. Hope I’m right!

    PS: I’ll email you offline about sponsoring.

  13. Dang! I can’t believe I missed this one. I’ve been there before!! And you gave great clues too… When you said a dictator for 40 years I immediately thought of Franco but still didn’t come up with Spain.

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