San Fermin: The Running of the Bulls

The minute anyone hears "Pamplona" - the word, the name, the place - they tend to think immediately of the Running of the Bulls, a rather insane festival that was popularized and that attained near mythic status in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. When scheduling my trip to Europe, I didn't realize that my itinerary would... Continue Reading →

Hebridean Hopper: Days 3 – 5

Day Three We packed up and left the hostel, heading towards Harris. This was the less populated of the two islands and we were rewarded with narrow roads, stunning vistas and constantly changing weather. We briefly stopped in Tarbert, where we would take the ferry to Skye, and had some time to eat, poke around... Continue Reading →

Visiting Madrid… and liking it!

While sharing my itinerary and chatting with other travellers, I was advised that I had scheduled too much time for Madrid. “It’s big,” people pointed out, “but not that great. There’s nothing to do.” I always find it strange when people say there’s nothing to do in a city – each city has residents and... Continue Reading →

Tapas in Madrid

One of the things I’ve discovered during my travels in Spain is that every city, and region, seems to be quite different. Free tapas were the name of the game in Granada, which is part of Andalusia… but Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, operated with the pay-for-tapa scheme. I can’t say that this is why... Continue Reading →

The Charming City of Porto

The city of Porto, or Oporto if you’re British, is the second largest in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. The main, touristy area, however is quite small and easily walkable… if you like hills. This seems to be a common refrain in Portugal, so any future visitors should be prepared! The... Continue Reading →

Sights of Lisbon

My initial impressions of Lisbon centre around rain. It was raining the day that I arrived and it really only stopped on the day that I left. With a range between torrential and mist, the rain was a constant presence and probably didn’t help me form an unbiased impression of the city. I took the... Continue Reading →

Lagos

I spent three nights in Lagos, travelling to the city on the early bus from Sevilla. I booked the bus a few days ahead of time and I would definitely recommend this for those following the same route – a girl in my hostel had to add a couple of days onto her trip in... Continue Reading →

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