After a couple of months in hiding, I’ve decided to come out of retirement to share with all the fellas out there what you need to pack for a long haul backpacking vacation in Europe. Long story short, bring lots of underwear. If you want to hear the detailed version then go ahead and read on…
Now that it has been about two months of us traveling through Europe, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what, in my opinion, Europeans are doing better than Americans (and in another post I will do the reverse). So here it goes…
If you missed yesterday’s post about how Europe is #winning, you can read that here.
It’s hard for me to describe in words just how lucky we are to live in America where showers function the way they do. Showers are no doubt my favorite part of the day. Some days I take two or three and they all last at least 15 minutes. It’s time to chill out, sing, dance, think, whatever. In Europe it is totally the opposite.
If you missed part one, check it out here. Continuing along…
5. Metro –
Now we’re getting into the list of modes of transportation that don’t necessarily suck. I’d put city metro systems right in the middle of the pack. To clarify: I’m defining ‘metro systems’ as inner-city public transportation systems (subway, buses, trams, etc.) They are typically convenient enough to get you around the city, but schedules have been confusing and the payment systems are nuts. For instance, in Sicily you have to go find a tobacco store to buy your bus ticket from and then go find the bus station. Whacky.
So far we have taken planes, trains, metro, buses, car rentals, taxis, ferries, four wheelers, bikes and walked around the cities we have visited. One thing that most people tend to agree with is that the act of traveling generally sucks and is the worst part of doing a long term trip like this. Going into this trip, Meghan and I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of transportation (which would be the most expensive, the most convenient,etc), so in this series I’m going to break it down by which modes of transportation suck the most and which ones sucked the least. Ranked 10 (suckiest) to 1 (least suckiest).
Since we’ve passed the one month mark, Casey is going to share some of his favorite (and least favorite) memories from the first 30 days. Once again, all opinions are his and please don’t judge the owner of this blog (me) for them.
If you missed part one, you can read it here.
So before I get into the latter half of the Loulé story, let me set the stage for you again: We’re legit in the middle of nowhere, no transportation, staying with a French couple, who speak basically no English, and their fifteen-year-old daughter who interpreted as best she could when she was there.
I don’t really know how to put Loulé into deep thoughts, so I’m going to give an overall recap of our interesting three days there.
The Olympics are a joke
When we started making our itinerary a couple of months ago I was incredibly excited that we were going to be in Spain/Portugal during the Olympics. I’ve always heard of how passionate they are about sports, and since we were in Portugal while their national team was playing football (soccer), I figured it would be a blast. I kid you not, the bars were playing VH1 90’s flashback concerts of Three Doors Down instead of the game. Admittedly, Three Doors Down is a pretty incredible band, but this blew me away.
Madrid is too hot
Everybody warned us that Madrid was going to be incredibly hot in August, but we still weren’t prepared for it. The city is right in the middle of Spain, land locked, and over 100 degrees every single day. I was sweating out of places I didn’t even know were possible.