Travel from NYC to Moscow (yes, our connecting flight is in Moscow) to Madrid! We compromised quality here in exchange for $720 round-trip tickets. I’ll give you a full report regarding our experiences with Aeroflot (the Russian airline) upon our return.
Exploring Portugal! Starting in Lisbon, then heading to Sintra, and then camping along the Portuguese Coast as we make our way south.
Gibralter, Tarifa, then a ferry to Tangier, Morocco! Exploring Rabat for a day, then heading to Marakech as a launching point for our 3-day tour of the Sahara! Deserts are by far and away my favorite landscapes. Having seen a great amount of the American Southwest and the Negev, I can’t wait to add this most famous desert of all deserts to my list!
Andalusia! Traveling through Cordoba, Granada, and then to the coastal port town of Cartagena. I am so excited to see the Moorish-influenced architecture and culture and the Desierto de Tabernas (again, my thing for deserts!) of this southern region of Spain.
Time for some more nature! Canyoning in the Sierra de Guara and then hiking in the Pyrenees. Four days of some action-packed outdoor adventuring.
We planned our trip around the San Fermin celebration/festival in Pamplona. This is where the famous “Running of the Bulls” happens every year! Despite having an immense fear of getting gored (which any rational human should have), I am proud (okay, crazy) to announce that we WILL be running with the bulls! I even purchased some trail running shoes in place of my hiking boots to bring for this trip specifically for this reason. Wish us luck! (We’ll need it).
Bilbao BBK Live! I LOVE LOVE LOVE music festivals (minus the toolish LAX-bros they always seem to attract) and am SO PUMPED to see some of my favorite bands (Alt-J, Muse, anyone?) and experience a European music festival for the first time.
Driving through the northern region of Asturias. While bartending, a customer from Asturias told me that if I went anywhere in Asturias, that I had to go to the Playa del Silencio. We’re taking her word for it and incorporating it into the trip.
Back to Madrid for a day before our long journey back home. I’m sure we’ll be exhausted by this point, but it will certainly be bittersweet coming back to the real world.