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If you know anything about Santiago, you know that it's all about The Camino: A religious pilgrimage that calls people far and wide to walk here. I'm not religious. And I'm not keen on walking cross-country. That said, I am a fan of walking from bar to bar, sampling the local craft beer scene.
The first time I went to Spain's famed coastal town of San Sebastian, I arrived via train, having traveled down from Amsterdam with two Scottish fel...
South Beach, bringing the heat. Well, actually, close to South Beach but away from the fray, and whimsically dressed up in mid-century Art Deco--that's what this Thompson has to offer.
Travelers to Europe often rave about how great it is getting around via trains. Though there is no doubt that this is one the fastest and most efficient ways to travel the continent, my preference is keeping it old school with a nice, laid-back road trip.
1.) The Mediterranean coast is paradise Spain's long, sandy Atlantic beaches and cozy Mediterranean coves are rightly famous throughout Europe....
Most of all, Sevilla, you taught me that the happiness in life isn't measured by the amount of money you have in your pockets, but rather is measured by the amount of happy memories you have to look back upon.
They don't receive fifty or a hundred emails and text messages a day. They don't have to deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic, bosses, or wonder how they will pay the mortgage. How do they survive?
Sure, it's not like I learned how to do the derivative in Pisa or calculate velocities in Rome, but I did learn practical information like how to find my way around the underground when my family was packed in a subway car like sardines and how to avoid getting pick-pocketed.
When you're in another country even the mundane, like using the metro, can become an exciting new experience. Of course, in a city as magical as B...
It has been a dream of mine for years to go to Southern Spain to experience Flamenco. Growing up with the Gypsy Kings and hearing the music along my travels, there was something about the art form that called to my soul.
My first opportunity to visit Europe came during my junior year at university. I'd always wanted to study abroad, but my full-tuition scholarship didn't contribute much toward such far-flung adventures.
These natural infinity pools make swimming pools look tame.
Of course a gathering like this is only a fantasy, but imagine how unforgettable it would be to learn about Spanish literature, art and culture from the greats who created so many indelible works.
According to Outside's Craig Martin, the experience of hiking the ancient route is undergoing somewhat of a revival, with more than 190,000 people visiting in 2012 (compared to only 10,000 in 1992).
In the city, I can constantly learn. I can flex my brain, explore new streets, meet someone from a different country, and reinvent myself or my career. But when the city life gets to me -- the traffic, the commute, the congestion and the pace -- I need to drive down country roads on a summer night, with the windows open and the music at full volume.