Gibraltar: We Will Rock You

October 4, 2014

So Gibraltar is this little territory with an area of about two square miles, but to think that it is small and insignificant couldn’t be further from the truth. It may not cover a large space, but Gibraltar is a huge mountain that is home to about 30,000 people. To be honest, I was a little oblivious to the history of Gibraltar before visiting there and so were some of my fellow travelers. So, I’m going to assume that many others are too. Allow me to educate you.

During my first day in Spain, I went with two busloads of fellow SASers to the Rock of Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a British territory, but it’s surrounded by Spain, and across the Strait of Gibraltar is Morocco. So while standing on top of the mountain one can see three countries and two continents at the same time!

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This view can be seen near the top of the mountain. Most of what you’re seeing is Spain, but that gray strip is actually one of the world’s most-hectic airplane landing strips. There is a road that goes across it that must be taken to reach Gibraltar!

While arriving at the base of the mountain, I was met with the most British lady I have ever met. She was running over with enthusiasm and her words dripped with a thick British accent. Her eyes were always wide open and her brow extended like she was always exclaiming something (which was usually was). I could have literally listened to her talk for hours.

The Iron Lady, as I began to call her, started the day with a bus tour around the base and gave us an insightful history of the rock. Turns out, Gibraltar has the last known evidence of Neanderthals and it was known by the ancient Greeks as one of the “Pillars of Hercules.” Through the years it has been a military wonder for nations around the globe because its caverns and tunnels hold the perfect hideout that is surrounded by a virtually indestructible fortress. Many battles have been fought around the rock, and many people have dug its infrastructure; nevertheless, it still stands tall.

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One monkey made its way to our bus mirror. They were everywhere. We were warned to close our windows while driving but one girl didn’t listen; she became acquainted with some serious monkey business.

The lady had the bus stop at one of the cavern entrances to see the sights, smell the roses, and photograph the monkeys. The monkeys. The monkeys were everywhere. No one knows where they came from but they cover the rock and it is impossible to be bored with them. One of them scurried into the gift shop, snatched a woman’s ice cream cone, and flew the coop before anyone knew what was going on. We all just stood there and then laughed hysterically.

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This may be the most adorable picture I have taken or will take on this trip. And I don’t use the word “adorable” to describe anything unless it is pretty darn adorable.

 

When entering the rock, we went inside a cave that was a bit unusual to say the least. I’m from Kentucky. I know caves. The weird thing about it was its use. You’re not supposed to touch the formations in a cave; it causes them to stop growing. Well, many years ago, the cave was converted into a military hospital, rendering it incapable of growing further. What does one do with a cave that is already damaged? Why put a light show in it of course! It was really amazing. Lights set to music showered the stalagmites and stalactites in rainbows. The main room also included a stage and theater seats because plays, concerts, and operas are often performed inside. It was awesome!

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When going further into the rock, more history unfolded as we were met with mannequins, pictures, and actual cannons that told the story of British forces using Gibraltar as their secret weapon. It was intriguing.

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At the end of the day I was really thankful that I chose to do a Gibraltar excursion. I may have missed a day of Spanish culture, but I was met with some culture that totally rocked.

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  1. IS FAITH BLIND TO REALITY? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Is Christianity based on blind faith? Absolutely not. Christianity is based on the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

    1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. (NKJV)

    Other historical references: Acts 1:3, Mark 16:12-14, Matthew 28:17, Luke 24:34-36, John 20:18-19, John 20:24-29, John 212:14, Acts 13:29-31.

    ALL HISTORY IS BASED ON FAITH

    In order to believe that World War I occurred you have to accept the historical account by faith.

    In order to believe that there was a civil war between the states and that Abraham Lincoln was president you have to believe it by faith based on the written historical accounts.

    In order to believe the genealogy of your family you have faith that the historical records are true.

    In order to believe that the following men lived and died you have to have faith that the historical accounts are accurate. Ludwig van Beethoven, Martin Luther, Buddha, Zoroaster, Napoleon Bonaparte, Confucius, Socrates, Christopher Columbus, Aristotle, John Locke, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar.

    ALL HISTORICAL BELIEF IS BASED ON FAITH THAT THE FACTS ARE TRUE.

    I believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead by God the Father because I have faith that the historical accounts of the Bible are true.

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