It is the start of my three- week- long trip around a few places in Europe. I am travelling almost entirely with Busabout, bar a few days, and doing this Pamplona tour, Croatia Sail and Bohemian. If you, or any of your friends are on any of these this July send me a message through the contact page! I am entirely confident I am in good hands with Busabout, as I have travelled with them before & have always had a good time.
I've been wanting to attend San Fermin for years, in fact, I'd say I've always known about it but I decided I really wanted to attend after reading Jane's blog posts about it a good few years ago. As an ex-expatriate of Spain, I feel it's a tradition that I should attend once. Plus, knowing that Bullfighting has been banned in Cataluña, it probably won't be long before it becomes a nationwide ban. I have heard that I can attend a bullfight there, too. Which I definitely want to do. I want to experience it before I can't any more; or as my friend Tom said to me back along, see things before the world changes again. To prepare myself I have been reading Hemingway's Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises.
After San Fermin I'm spending a night in Barcelona, where I hope to visit La Pedrera and get some early tapas before heading to my hotel for an early night. La Pedrera is the one Gaudi place I missed last time, if I had spent less time at La Sagrada I, perhaps, would have had the time to visit. I am excited, though, it gives me something to do & since my train arrives to Sants in the early afternoon, I am fairly confident of how to get there.
I fly from Barcelona to Split, and have almost two days there. I want to visit Krka National Park, but otherwise I'm just planning on chilling out before a heavy week of Sun, Sea and Alcohol on Croatia Sail. There is so much I am looking forward to on Croatia Sail, but number 1 is definitely climbing the walls of Dubrovnik. Spending my days swimming in the sea along side the boat, or sunbathing & reading sound absolute perfection to me. Plus, party hard at night time!
On the Bohemian Tour, I cannot wait to get to Lake Bled! I haven't even got to Slovenia yet, but everyone talks about it in hushed tones. The place is like the worst kept secret in Europe, yet still not many people have found it- in spite of this terrible secret keeping.