Q and A
Trip Start Feb 18, 2004
80Trip End Dec 05, 2005
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A1. There isn't one place that stands out as an all-around favorite. I'd have to break it down into categories -
Best city: Barcelona = kind of encapsulates all of Spain in one city, very artsy
Best small city: Lagos = beach, great happy hour deals, cheap accomodation [runners up: Tarifa, Cinque Terre, Galway, Salamanca, Freiburg]
Best outdoors: Swiss Alps [runners up: The Dolomites, Cinque Terre, Geiranger]
Best place to chill out: Czesky Krumlov [runners up: San Sebastian, Tarifa]
Best food: Italy (though I did get tired of pizza and pasta after a while), Czech Republic (since it was less expensive there, I could order better stuff)
Q2. Did you try the [Norwegian] national food of Lutefisk?
A2. No, I didn't even think about it until I received an e-mail from my brother-in-law (I'm not much of a fish eater). I went down to the fish market afterwards and couldn't find any lutefisk...apparently it's not as much of a national food as they'd have you think.
Q3. Have you met anyone who you have started to keep in touch with over email?
A3. Now and then I meet people who are cool and exchange e-mails with them. I still keep in touch with the people I met in Scotland and Ireland most.
Q4. What has been the most infuriating experience?
A4. The camera breaking and the four months it took to repair have been a pain in the a**.
There have been a few travel problems too. When the train in Germany left late and made me miss my connections thus leaving me stuck in a small town so I had to call a taxi to get back. Portugal's public transportation, or lack thereof, was a pain. A few weeks ago I planned my day around arriving in Toulouse in the afternoon to catch a bus to Andorra in the evening. Turns out there's only a bus on Friday and Sunday (contrary to the bus company's website where I got my information). Those are the times I miss having my car.
Q5. What is your least favorite place visited?
A5. Hmmmmm??? There isn't any place that was bad or completely lame. Siena (Italy) did leave me with a bad impression just because accomodation was such a pain there...but the city itself is nice.
Q6. When are you coming home?
A6. I am home (in Portland). As for when I'm coming home after the next bit, I don't know. Depends on if I can get a job in Australia.
Q7. Are you going to come home married?
A7. Yes, there are several wives...none of them know.
Q8. What's the deal with the monkey?
A8. Spanky was a gift from Melissa. Being as I'm traveling solo, it isn't always possible to get pictures with me in 'em. That's where the monkey comes in.
Q9. What's next?
A9. I fly back to Paris Oct 12. I'll spend a few more days there and go off towards Normandy and the Loire Valley. Then it's up to Belgium, Netherlands and a bit more of Germany. I'll head to London to catch a flight to Egypt after that and take a tour around the pyramids and Nile. Fly back to London to officially start the round-the-world ticket and fly to Nairobi for a tour through the game parks of Africa. I'll probably go to Australia after Africa.