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Hello from the verdant Santiago de Compostela, Spain! The picture above is the view from the kitchen table in my Airbnb, overlooking Alameda Park, just a five minute walk from the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This town in Galicia is the end of the famous Camino de Santiago (or The Way of St. James), a pilgrimage that millions have made to visit the shrine of the apostle St. James (in said Cathedral).

Yesterday I traveled on a four hour bus ride from Porto, Portugal (recommended over flying, the drive was gorgeous!), where I spent four nights and five days wandering around tiny alleys of the historic part of town, admiring beautiful buildings and churches covered in colorful tiles, biking along the river and coast, and eating sardines and every other fresh seafood and shellfish I could get my hands on.

Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
Sardine season is just starting in Porto!
Sardine season is just starting in Porto!

Prior to Porto I spent a few days and nights in Madrid, settling into my trip, checking out art museums, and stuffing my face with tapas and vermouth.

Before I get any further along in my travels, I want to reach out to my biggest resource of travel knowledge–you guys! This is where I’ll be over the next five weeks:

  • Ireland
    • Dublin
    • Wicklow
    • Galway
    • Roundstone
    • Connemara
    • Clare
    • Ring of Kerry
    • Dingle
    • Baltimore
    • Cork
  • Italy
    • Rome
    • Perhaps the coast of Italy somewhere?
  • Maybe Croatia or Montenegro?
    • Split or Dubrovnik?
    • Kotor?
  • Norway
    • Bodo
    • Lofoten

As you can see, not all of this trip is defined. I will 100% be in Ireland until June 16 as I’m renting a car with friends to drive around all the aforementioned places, and will 100% be in Rome June 16 through the 19 as I have a flight and Airbnb booked. Then I have two weeks that are relatively unplanned, when I’m thinking to leave Rome and head down to the Italian coast, and then cross over to Croatia.

The final destination is defined as I’m meeting some friends to camp in the Lofoten region of Norway in July. I’ll travel to the United States after that to visit friends and family for a while before heading back to Buenos Aires in the beginning of September, when the weather starts to improve down there again.

Tips? Pointers? Suggestions on where to spend that two week period in the end of June? Restaurant/food recommendations are especially welcome as I basically live to eat.

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