Four days in Malta

To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect when we visited Malta. Hell, we barely even knew where it was on the map. (It’s a very tiny island below Sicily and above Africa, in case you’re wondering). But I am SO happy that we made the spontaneous decision to go there. It will go down as one of my favorite cities on the trip and it was the first time that I actually felt like we were on vacation.

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Casey’s Top 10: European Transportation (Part 2 of 2)

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.

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Casey’s Top 10: European Transportation (Part 1 of 2)

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).

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Three Days in Valencia

Originally we weren’t planning to go to Valencia. I can’t really remember the reason why, maybe it had something to do with cost, but our original plan was to go to a small coastal town called Almeria, after our time in Seville. However, after talking with some friends who loved Valencia and realizing that it was not to be missed, we decided to scrap our original plans and make a three day pit-stop to Valencia on our way to Barcelona.

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Three Days in Seville

Similarly to Madrid, we went into the Seville trip knowing that it was going to be hot. And man, were we right. I mean, they don’t nickname a city, “the hottest city in Europe” for no reason. In hindsight, it was probably pretty dumb of us to visit Seville in the middle of August, but we heard from many of our friends how beautiful it is, and we didn’t want to pass it by.

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