When I came back from my Eurotrip I had the everyone asking me the same questions. Which part of your trip stood out the most? Which place was your favourite? Did the Camino change you? To be honest I was so overwhelmed spending 26 days abroad and trying to absorb all the cultures, scenery, new people and food, that the last thing that I was thinking of was the answers to those questions. I first wanted to process my experience and then draw these conclusions at a later stage. It's been two months since I came back and thing that I can answer the questions now. So here goes:
What part of your trip stood out the most?
What I loved the most was spending time with the locals to experience how they lived from day to day. I was blessed to have met or knew a few individuals that showed me a good time in their city. A few cool nights with the locals worth pointing out:
- When Nicolas took me to his friends house where they made us food and I was stuck in a bachelors flat with 15 other Frenchies and then we had an after party in the basement. Read about it here.
- When I was in Toulouse with my mate Joe and we went pub hopping. Read about that it here.
- When we went to Anglet to my friends aunts house and ate a four course meal and the beach day was lovely. Read about it here.
- When I spent some time with my friend Diego in Pamplona and he took me out on town. Read about it here.
- When our Couch Surfing host invited his friends over and made us Mexican Food. Read about it here.
Which place was your favourite?
I went to a few places in France and Spain and only to Porto in Portugal. I think that Porto was my favourite. It is such a charming city and I fell in love with it. I could imagine myself living there. Buying an apartment, renovate it and living happily ever after. I loved that it was so colourful, decorated with the patterned tiles, flags and doors. I took loads of photos of the doors which formed part of my Door Porn collection. Check it out here. I liked the port bars, the seaside, the city, the architecture, the tram and the view from the bridge. You can read about my time in Porto here: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
Did the Camino change you?
The Camino was a challenge mentally and physically. I learned:
- Not to judge people, as everyone's journey is different.
- To be grateful for everything that I have at home, for my friends and family.
- That life is simple and we don't require much to be happy.
I took a few photos of reflections and shadows and thought it would be quite fitting with this post about my reflections about my trip. Enjoy!
|On the Camino|
|Me on the 'Way"|
|Linke and I, showing some Camino love|
|The last day on the Camino on our way to Santiago|
|In Biarittz, Me, Joe and Louis|
|In Paris at Nicolas apartment|
|Jen & I in Barcelona|
|On the Camino waiting for the Pharmacy to open to buy stuff for blisters|
|Mike & I on the Camino|
|On a train in Paris|
|Streets in Paris|
|Joe & I on a road trip to Carcasonne|
|Jackal, Joe & I in Toulouse|
|In a club in Pamplona|
|Same as above|
|On the Camino, on our way to eat dinner|
|Jen in Barcelona|
|In a reflection of an art gallery in Barcelona|
|Our walking tour in Barcelona|