Hola amigos! We have delved deeper into Basque Country, and I have now mastered exactly one phrase in Basque: "eskarrig asko" which means "thank you." Here's the scoop.... Day 4: Orio to Zumaia, 16.8 km. We stayed in a 400+ year old monastery, San Jose. It had a beautiful garden and I got to eavesdrop on … Continue reading Camino del Norte: Days 4 – 8
Hola! I am writing this blog post from the bucolic albergue above the town of Orio. This is my current view: So far so good! We are not moving as fast as I'd like because apparently I am out of "hill-walking" shape. Oops. Nothing like walking over mountains with a heavy pack to get in … Continue reading Camino del Norte: Days 1 – 3
Shalom from Tel Aviv! I finished TAPIF! It was a mixed experience, more on that in another post. My 20 hours in Lyon was just an incredible bonus tacked on to the beginning of my trip to Israel. I found a cheap and direct Transavia flight to Tel Aviv from Lyon, so why not! It … Continue reading Lyon on a sunny afternoon
When trying to come up with a clever title for this post about my trip to Scotland, I thought of this "Great Scott" business, but I wasn't 100% sure what it actually means. So I asked the internet. I guess it is appropriate as a title here. The very best part about this particular trip … Continue reading Great Scott!
As I was saying, Laila, our train compartment-mate on our long trip to Fes from Marrakech, completely changed our entire trip. After only about 1-2 hours of sitting together on the train, she had already invited the three of us to stay at her mother's (empty) apartment. After a few more hours of conversation in … Continue reading Morocco 2 of 2
We headed straight to the schloss! Heidelberg is lovely. Also, it has an incredible history. Two thumbs up. I am a lucky human. It got sunny: Apothecary museum (Free entry!!): Mark Twain spent time in Heidelberg and wrote about this GIGANTIC wine cask in his book, A Tramp Abroad: And there was a students' prison. … Continue reading Day trip: Heidelberg
Carcassona: Next on the agenda was Carcassonne, the castle of my history-loving dreams. Carcassona is the Occitan name of the city, Occitan being the spoken language before the region became part of France a couple hundred years ago. Occitan seems very similar to Catalan, and they’re both Latin-based languages. Anyway, we just spent 1.5 days here, … Continue reading Vacances de Noel 2 of 3