During my eight days in Spain: three nights in Madrid, one in Burgos and Vivar del Cid, one in Pamplona, one in Sitges and two in Barcelona.

Eight days in the hub of ancient kingdom turned struggling modern Western European stalwart Spain proved to be among the best trips of my life.

I went Running with the Bulls and saw the first bullfight of my life, but I also had suckling pig at the oldest restaurant in the world, saw more Picassas and Dalis than ever before, ordered tapas, sangria and paella in Spanish, swam in the Mediterranean, visited Gaudi and, of course, did so while reading Hemingway’s the Sun Also Rises for the first time.

Overlooking Burgos, Spain

SACM and I did the Eurail train hopping and hostel path, though we also stayed in a B&B one night and couchsurfed another. See Facebook photos here.

Takeaways and experiences:

  1. Roughly 150 miles (243KM) from Madrid to Burgos and 135 miles (218 KM) from Burgos to Pamplona, which is roughly the distance from Philly to D.C. It was 280 miles (450KM) from Pamplona to Barcelona, which is roughly the distance from Philly to Pittsburgh.
  2. OK, I haven’t actually written these takeaways yet.

In the middle of the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain.

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