The Trip: 2014 Prizes

What does a $100,000 trip get you? Two first-class tickets to Barcelona, $25,000 spending money -- and a whole lot more.

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Tapas
Tapas

Tapas

A spread of Spanish tapas, small plates of food meant to be enjoyed before dinner, which typically isn't served until 9 or 10 p.m. 960 1280

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Jamon

Jamon

If there is one thing the Spanish love, it's their jamón, shown here, hanging on racks ready for purchase! 960 1280

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seafood

seafood

Much Spanish cuisine is heavily influenced by the locally available seafood. 960 1280

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Calamari

Calamari

Calamares fritos (you guessed it, fried calamari) is a common Spanish tapa. 960 1280

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

Glasses of refreshing gazpacho soup, a chilled and blended mix of tomatoes and other raw vegetables. 960 1280

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Spanish Olives

Spanish Olives

An assortment of Spanish olives, some of the most flavorful in the world. 960 1280

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paella

paella

Traditional Spanish seafood paella. 960 1280

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Tortilla

Tortilla

Tortilla española, or a 'Spanish omelet,' is a traditional dish made with potatoes, eggs and olive oil. 960 1280

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Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamón serrano, chorizo and olives are universal Spanish favorites, common in all regions of Spain. 960 1280

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Flan

Flan

Flan de huevo al caramelo, a caramel-topped Spanish dessert. 960 1280

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Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros (hot chocolate and strips of fried dough) isn't like any other hot chocolate. It's so thick you can rest your spoon (or churro) on it! 960 1280

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Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche, a Spanish rice pudding. 960 1280

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Sangria

Sangria

You can't forget Spanish sangria, but watch out for that fruit! It's loaded with more wine than you think. 960 1280

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Taste of Spain  13 Photos

This small town near Valencia hosts the "World's Biggest Food Fight" every year when thousands of visitors and locals descend upon the city to throw tomatoes at each other. 960 1280

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In 2015, it was estimated that nearly 160 tons of tomatoes were used in the "fight." 960 1280

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The event became so successful and popular that in 2013, the city introduced an entrance fee and limited the number of participants to 20,000, due to safety concerns. 960 1280

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The weeklong festival kicks off on the last Wednesday in August, and includes music, parades, dancing, fireworks and food (other than tomatoes). 960 1280

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No one knows why Tomatina started, but one popular theory dates its origins back to a parade in 1944 or 1945 in which young men started a brawl and armed themselves with tomatoes from a nearby vegetable stand. 960 1280

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Banned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco for lacking religious significance, the festival returned in the 1970s, and is held in honor of the town's patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary. 960 1280

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Around 11 a.m., the first event begins in the center of town, Plaza del Pueblo, where trucks have hauled in over 100,000 tomatoes. 960 1280

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Officially, the fight begins after a climber knocks off a ham from the top of a two-story high greased wooden pole. Although, the festivities will start whether or not the climber reaches the prized ham. 960 1280

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Shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in hopes of protecting them from the festival’s tomato-splashed aftermath. 960 1280

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Tomatina lasts for exactly one hour, signaled by the firing of water cannons. Fire trucks then spray down the streets to flush away the tomato residue. 960 1280

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Samantha Brown in Spain

Samantha Brown in Spain

"One day I would love to have you over to my vacation home in Spain where we just put in a new pool (sigh). I'm actually at an amazing resort (and I've been to a few) called Finca Cortesin." – Samantha Brown
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Anthony Melchiorri on a boat

Anthony Melchiorri on a boat

"My sailboat out to (the island of) Tagomago (off the east coast of Ibiza, Spain) ... Girl not included." – Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman with a snake

Don Wildman with a snake

"As you enter the Marrakech souk, the snake charmers are at work." – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Samantha Brown in a spa pool

Samantha Brown in a spa pool

"Do I have to come out? Enjoying a soak in the 'close to fantasy' spa called Aire de Sevilla. Its Arab and Roman baths allow you to swim and sweat thru the rooms of a 16th century villa." – Samantha Brown 960 1280

  

View from Mallorca, Spain

View from Mallorca, Spain

"The view from my room at La Residencia in Mallorca, Spain."- Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

"When we land, the big puffy part on my backsides’ going to protect my sacrum, which is scary to me." – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

"Okay, guess what? That was a blassssssstt!!"- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Samantha Brown in Seville

Samantha Brown in Seville

"Nothing quite so romantic as a midnight stroll in the soft warm rain in Seville."- Samantha Brown 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri on Tagomago Island

Anthony Melchiorri on Tagomago Island

"My own Tagomago Island in Spain’s Balearic Islands -- Only 250,000 euros a week." - Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman and a sports car

Don Wildman and a sports car

"Rattled but relieved to have returned the car to its owner in one solid piece. Even the transmission still worked. Me, not sure yet."- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown

"One of the highlights of The Trip was checking into my hotel and finding out it had a rooftop bar overlooking the Cathedral. I had front row seats with a nice glass of Rioja." – Samantha Brown 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri on a bed overlooking the ocean

Anthony Melchiorri on a bed overlooking the ocean

"I am not leaving Tagomago. As I write this I have chained myself to this bed!" – Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman enjoys a meal in Morocco

Don Wildman enjoys a meal in Morocco

“Great meal among friends, plus we get to stretch out on carpets." – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

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