Mesmerizing San Sebastian

San Sebastian, in northern Spain, Basque Country, is a beautiful city you must definitely visit if you come to Spain. It has several iconic places, one of them is La Concha Beach. Also the port and the area next to it with bars and restaurants, where you can always find the famous and delicious “tapas.” From the hill of Urgull you get an awesome view of La Concha beach and the city (see pictures). At the top you can also visit La Mota Castle. It’s a great exercise walking and getting to the top of the hill, but you’re rewarded with great views.

For more information in English, visit: San Sebastian Tourism.

Note: Photos posted here were taken by me. Thx.

Weekend in Zarautz, northern Spain

I spent the weekend with some friends in the coastal town of Zarautz, Basque Country, Northern Spain. It is located about 15 kms. or 9.3 mi. west of San Sebastian and 85 kms. or 53 mi. east of Bilbao. It has a population of 25,000 people, but it reaches around 60,000 in the summer… And it’s easy to understand why: beautiful town, mild weather, great beach and views, excelent cuisine, so peaceful and relaxing. We stayed at Hotel Zerupe. I recommend it. Very well located in downtown, good price, clean and very comfortable. The building and the room look new, so I’m guessing it was built recently (last year). My friends and I went surfing one day and it was fun… But the water was really cold (it was April). Surf in the summer! Also, a group went running to the top of Mount Santa Barbara, from where you get an awesome view of the town (see pictures). At night, we went to have a few drinks downtown and at the beach.

Note: Photos published in this post were taken by me (unless otherwise noticed). Thanks.

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Remembering Athens, Georgia

Athens, aka The Classic City, is located in the state of Georgia, United States, and is home to The University of Georgia (UGA). I lived nine years in Athens (1997-2006), half in school and the other half working for the local newspaper, the Athens Banner-Herald (ABH).

UGA is a big university (around 34,000 students plus faculty and staff). It has a wonderful campus and downtown Athens is within walking distance. Downtown Athens is well-known for its art and music scene, as well as bars and restaurants. Groups such as R.E.M. and B-52’s scored their first hits here.

During my nine years in Athens I was able to get a real taste of both the university and the city. I was a journalism student, both undergraduate and graduate. I was also a Spanish professor while on Grad School (2000-02). I was Intramural tennis champion, tennis coach at Bishop Park; founder and co-host during five years of a radio show in Spanish at UGA radio station WUOG 90.5 FM. I got my first job at the local newspaper right after graduating from Grady College of Journalism with a master’s degree (2002). At the ABH I was named editor of a new publication in Spanish: Athens Eco Latino. I also had the honor to meet, interview and play tennis with college tennis legend Dan Magill.

All in all, living in Athens was a great experience. I learned a lot, both on and off campus. Attending such a big school with such a nice town right next to it is an experience I recommend to all high school graduates, from any country.

And most important of all, I met a lot of interesting people and made friends I still keep in touch with.

For more information, visit: UGAAthens-Clarke County and Athens Banner-Herald.

Note: All photos shown in this post were taken by me. Thanks.

Discovering Reus

Reus is located some 100 kms. South of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It has a population of 105,000 people and it’s the birthplace of Antoni Gaudi (Sagrada Familia in Barcelona) and General Joan Prim (President of Spain 1847-48). Reus is known for its commercial activity. The principal festivity is Sant Pere on June 29, declared of National Touristic Interest. It has several modernist buildings. Although Gaudí was born in Reus, there are no designed by him, but there is a center in which visitors can learn about his life and work. There are however numerous modernist buildings from colleagues as Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Pere Caselles i Tarrats and Pere Domènech Roura.

For more information, visit: http://www.Reus.cat

Stadiums of the World

One of my favority things to do as a sports journalist is visiting stadiums. I like them! I feel they play an important part of any sport, any team. Stadiums become “the home” for a team. It’s where players and fans gather to spend time together, to party, to cheer… And sometimes to cry. I admire a nice stadium. I have visited several and I still want to visit more. Every stadium has its own personality. It says something about a team, a city. What’s your favorite? Which one would you like to visit?

UEFA Champions League at Camp Nou

FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid faced off Tuesday, April 5 at Camp Nou Stadium on the first leg of the quarterfinal of 2015-16 UEFA Champion League. Barcelona won 2-1 in front of almost 90,000 fans. Luis Suarez scored twice for the “blaugranas”, while Fernando Torres put “Atleti” in front.

Here are some photos I took before and during the game.

2011 UEFA Champions League Final in Wembley

The 2010-11 UEFA Champions League final was held at Wembley Stadium in London on May 28, 2011, where FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3–1. I arrived in London two days before the final and was able to cover both FCB and ManU practices open to media at Wembley. Also, after the final I had access to players leaving the stadium at the mix zone. This experience was definitely one of the most exciting and rewarding of my career, along with the NBA Finals and BNP Paribas Open.

NBA Finals 2010: Lakers beat Celtics

The 2010 NBA Finals was contested between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics (defending champions.) The Lakers defeated the Celtics, four games to three, to win the franchise’s 16th NBA championship. I covered all four games played at Staples Center in L.A. As a sports reporter and Spaniard, it was an honor to watch Pau Gasol win a NBA ring for the second time in his career.

Covering the NBA Finals was one of the most exciting and rewarding moments in my journalism career.

The day I met (and played with) Rafa and Roger

It was in New York, on Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the 2008 US Open. I had won a national contest and had the chance to meet, spend time and play at Athur Ashe Stadium alongside Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Lindsay Davenport. I also had the chance to meet Ana Ivanovic and James Blake.

As a Spaniard and a tennis fan, meeting Rafa Nadal was one of the most exciting moments in my life. And also being able to meet who has become the world’s most succesful tennis player in history: Roger Federer.

My new blog about photos

Hi! My name is Enrique Carrión. I decided to create this blog to share with you photos I’ve taken thru the years, especially pics I’ve taken at sporting events I’ve covered during all the years I’ve worked as a journalist. I studied journalism at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, United States. I was born in Reus, Spain; grew up in Maracay, Venezuela; and studied, worked and lived in the U.S. during 18 years before returning to Spain. I worked as editor of Eco Latino Magazine in Athens, GA and deputy editor and sports editor at La Prensa newspaper in Riverside, California.
As a deputy editor and sports editor of La Prensa, worked in a large Hispanic market and covered sporting events such as NBA, MLS, ATP and WTA tennis tournaments, such as the NBA Finals, the prestigious BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which I covered eight years in a row. I’ve also covered ATP and WTA tournaments in Charleston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Prior to La Prensa, I was an editor of Eco Latino magazine for almost four years, where I worked in several duties such as writing and editing, but I have also had the chance to be involved in advertising, accounting, distribution, printing, which allows me to have knowledge of all the publishing process. I also worked very closely with local reporters for the daily Athens Banner-Herald when they went out and cover Hispanic issues. I worked as Spanish translator and also provide them with contacts for interviews.
Originally from Spain, I lived in Venezuela for 16 years and I’m completely bilingual in Spanish and English. I lived in the U.S. for 18 years, where I got my undergraduate and graduate degrees. My traveling experience allows me not only to communicate efficiently but also understand different media markets, cultures and landscapes.
With the help of this blog, my goal is to share the photos I’ve taken with the world. I’m not a professional photographer, but I’m fortunate to be able to travel, cover and interview great athletes and thanks to having behind-the-scenes access, I’ve been able to take unique photos. I hope you like them. Thanks!
You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @EnriqueNoticias.

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