FAQs 2018: I'm thinking about this trip, but I have never sketched~? No problem! Please be assured that Judith will guide you thru some simple steps so you can enjoy your time recording the magnificent views on the trip, regardless of your previous art journal or drawing experience. With a small group (class is limited to 10 students on each trip) there will be plenty of individual instruction. We will include instructions on fun ways to use our phone cameras and explore a mixed media approach for those wishing to collage their pages with minimum sketching. However, we do hope that even if you don't consider yourself accomplished (at least satisfied) with sketching you will be open to learning. It is always much more fun if the group is working together. If you are interested in the specific lessons that will be covered on the trip, please email Judith. Any suggestions for flight arrangements to/from the US? Since both trips have a minimum number of students, we strongly encourage you to wait to purchase air fare until hearing that your trip will run. Both Danny and Judith can advise you regarding flights and can suggest either on-line booking or using a trusted travel agent in Denver. We encourage you to arrive a day or two before the trip so you have time to acclimate. How do I get to and from the Barcelona or Seville airport? Transport is not included in the Sketching Spain fee, but may be arranged with Danny Adler on an individual basis. It is really easy to walk to the taxi stand just outside of both the airports. I am attending with a friend/spouse, can we share a room or apartment? All of our hotels have rooms with queen or king beds. It would be your choice about sharing a room. During the free time in either city I'd like to see additional points of interest that I have read about; how will I get around on my own? Danny can advise you for exploration on your own. This is the advantage of having a professional guide with us each day. How can I make arrangements to stay in the Barcelona apartment after the tour if I wish to stay a few days longer? You will have the option of extending your visit to Barcelona by booking extra lodging thru Danny directly, depending on availability. You can also book your lodging thru your own travel agent or thru searches online. What art materials will I be asked to bring? Students will be sent a list of art supplies to bring on the trip along with a short video tutorial showing various sketchbooks and materials. We are going to travel light; each student will bring their own materials. Students are encouraged to carry their art materials in a very light day pack. No need to bring a portable stool; we will loan each student a small chair to use throughout the trip. Will I have time to do some photography? Absolutely! Our sketching time will allow students time to explore the area with their cameras if they prefer. Judith will be happy to share information about portable printers that are great for travel. What will the weather be like (typical October)? Typical weather in Spain in October includes dry, sunny and mild temperatures with averages ranging from 55° - 70° degrees; perfect! However, rain can also fill our days. We have planned the itinerary with a "plan B" in mind in case it is not comfortable to be sketching outdoors. We suggest students bring a small umbrella and light rain coat just in case, but also include a sun hat. How will we be traveling from one destination to the next? We will be in a comfortable private coach for most of the trip. While in Barcelona, we may use the subway (fare included). The price of all transport is included. When on your own taxis are inexpensive in both Seville and Barcelona, and the metro system in Barcelona is easy to use. What is the cancellation policy? Your deposit and fees are non-refundable. We strongly suggest each student inquire about insurance before submitting their deposit for the trip to find out how time sensitive the transaction will be. Most students purchase travel insurance as soon as they purchase their airline tickets and/or when they make the final payment on the Sketching Spain trip. Should I purchase travel insurance? Yes, Yes, Yes!You are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance since the tour fees are non-refundable. Airlines offer insurance and there are many independent dealers who may be contacted online. Please be aware that purchasing insurance is time sensitive; some companies require insurance to be purchased within a few days of reservations. What if I have dietary restrictions? No problem! We are prepared for Gluten Free and vegetarian options, and will survey participants for other dietary considerations before the trip and will accommodate everyone at all included meals. What meals are included? Please check the itineraries for specific meals and note, typical lunches in Spain are later in the day than in the US, multi course meals which usually means that dinner is often not necessary! All drinks with your meals are also included, whether it is wine or non alcoholic. What additional fees should we expect? We will cover your entrance fees to all locations on our itinerary. Students will pay for meals not listed in the itinerary and any additional transportation that is not part of the tour. Additionally, Danny will suggest an amount to tip our coach driver and local tour guides. Any “add on” tours scheduled before or after our trip will be an extra charge at the time of booking. How rigorous will the walking/touring be? Generally, students travel at their own pace when we are not working as a group for sketching or on a formal tour. Many of the sketching locations are easily accessed but on uneven ground. If walking is an issue, we suggest bringing a fold-up walking stick for stability and comfy shoes. We will provide you with a portable chair in some locations so you are as comfortable as possible when sketching. Any packing suggestions? Travel light! Spain is fairly casual. A small, carry on suitcase is recommended as you be moving your luggage from your room to the coach when we change hotels. Comfy walking shoes and a light day pack to hold your art materials are a must. We will be driving on some windy roads along the coast so please bring motion support (Dramamine, etc) if you know you have difficulty in this area. Tourists anywhere are an easy mark for pickpockets, so it is advised that you carry your wallet in a secure fashion. Suggestions for keeping connected to folks at home? Please check with your individual phone carriers to determine the best plan for you. You will have access to WiFi in all of our hotels and apartments. Other tech suggestions: we will stay connected on the trip thru WhatsApp which is a free phone app we would like you to download before arrival. We will share our cell numbers with the group so we can confirm meeting times, etc. during the adventure. Please explain the payments in Euros vs Dollars All fees for the trip are quoted in Euros only. The conversion of dollars to Euros varies; you may wish to keep an eye on the conversion rates thru: www.xe.com for an accurate daily rate. The conversion will be made as soon as you submit your payment and it will be based on the rate that applies to that day. Any other questions? Please email Danny or Judith - you can expect an answer quickly!