Been back in Finland for a few days now. It was an amazing trip indeed, and it gave some perspective of how different every country is, even within Europe. After 10 000 km driving through 15 countries I haven’t had energy to do anything else than relax on the terrace, read books and finish my knitting projects. And think about everything we experienced during the last four weeks.
There are advantages and disadvantages regarding traveling by car. The advantages are definitely all the places you see and the flexibility. Disadvantages are traffic safety and the time it takes to move between places. The traffic is just horrible in France, Germany and Italy and we’ve already witnessed three addicents on high ways. Now we are looking forward to some more relaxed driving on our last days on this trip.
What I love most about traveling are all the things you learn through experiences. I had so many ideas in advance about Venice based on the millions of pictures I’ve seen, but a visit on site proved most of my ideas wrong, mostly in a positive way. This place is really amazing and definitely worth a visit. The only negative thing is the price level due to the high number of tourists. It’s shocking how crowded it is here!
Our first stop was Valencia. And once here, we wanted to visit a tapas restaurant “La Pilareta” we knew would be very good, cheap and local. But now we noticed the bad side of the very much admired Lonley Planet travel guides. Once a restaurant is mentioned there, it is also packed with tourists. That takes pretty much the splendor of it all.
This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen and I’m still shaking.
Approximately 20 000 spectators were watching the bullrun this morning at Pamplona Bullring.
The Running of the Bulls dates back to medieval times (1385) and arose as a result of need to transport the bulls to the bullring. This crazyness continues every year for seven days in a row during the San Fermin fiesta.