Mental relaxation day

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 09:02 pm from Spain Spain
Day 167

After doing a bunch of walking, drinking, eating and sight seeing yesterday I decided to take today pretty easy. I went out in search of some souvenirs but two of the places I wanted to go to were both closed. I went back to the Zoco artists area and picked up a ceramic cooking spoon holder for myself (one of those you set the spoon on while cooking so it doesn't get sauce and junk all over your stovetop).

I got a few things from the grocery for lunch and dinner and then aside from a few little walks around the local area I've pretty much stayed in the hostel. I've watched some shows on my computer and answered some work emails.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow. We're meeting at 9:45am at the hostel and we'll do a couple hour hike to a hermitage of some sort, have lunch and then come back. The guy who helps run the hostel is leading the hike and says there are some really good views of the city from where we'll be.

At this time exactly one week from now I'll be touching down at the JFK airport before making the last leg of the trip back to Indy! It's crazy to think that I've been over here traveling around for nearly 6 months now. At certain times it's felt like time has gone slowly but at others it seems like it's gone by really fast. I feel like this last week in Spain is going to absolutely fly by.

Where this entry was written:

Sunset in Newquay. #newquay #europetrip2013
Manneke Pis. Supposed to represent the
Scottish Highlands. #europetrip2013
Cool water fountain on the Bristol to Bath pathway. #europetrip2013
Dublin to Edinburgh on a puddle jumper! #europetrip2013
Mountains behind the old city wall in Lucca, Italy. #lucca #europetrip2013
Enjoying some Italian wine out of a plastic cup on the old city walls in Lucca. #lucca #europetrip2013
Why did it take me so long to get to Italy? Warm weather. Mountains. Amazing architecture. Great food and wine. This is great. #lucca #italy #europetrip2013
Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre. #riomaggiore #europetrip2013
Manarola in the Cinque Terre. #manarola #5terre #europetrip2013

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Where I've been:

Good Evening… Planet Earth
All the countries I visited on this trip (in yellow).

What's this about?

Traveling is something I've loved doing for as long as I can remember. I've been lucky enough to travel out of the US a few times but never longer than 2 weeks at a time. I decided that I should go see the world and experience all it has to offer. I booked a one-way ticket to Dublin, Ireland to depart on June 26, 2013. After I get to Europe I'll let serendipity take hold and see where I end up. No schedules and no itinerary… just go with the flow. That's as close to a plan as I'm making.

Who am I?

My name's Brandon O'Brien and I'm a travelholic. Before this journey I've been to 11 countries and put over 17,500 miles on various motorcycle trips through the USA and Canada. I'm a self-employed web developer so I'm fortunate enough to be able to work anywhere there's an internet connection. That's what truly made this experience possible.

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