Leaving Santorini was hard. I legitimately almost cried. The only thing that held me together was knowing that we had another week of Greek Islands to look forward to. (Tough life, I know).
The majority of this post is going to be pictures, because explaining Santorini (and all of Greece for that matter), is best done through visuals rather than words, but I’m going to start this post by just saying, Holy. Shit.
First off, apologies for the recent lack of postings. The last month we have been having a lot of fun traveling and as a result, the blog has been a little neglected. A lot of content is coming your way soon!
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.
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).
Because we were in Barcelona for so long, we knew we wanted to take advantage of the time we had and visit some of the awesome towns around Barcelona.
After a very stressful month of traveling, we were ecstatic to be settling down in Barcelona for an entire week. An entire week of not having to pack and lug around our backpacks seemed like a dream!
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.
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.