Ever since my trip to Penafiel to feast on lechazo (baby lamb), I have been eager to visit Segovia to try cochinillo (baby pig). I love that Spanish can plan an entire day around eating and this day was no different as we arranged for a group to meet in Segovia for lunch. In, Read More

Spain is well known for its architecture and design. Although Barcelona is famous for Gaudi’s historic architectural masterpieces, if you are traveling to central or western Spain, odds are you will be traveling through Madrid. Madrid is not as known for its architecture, but it has punctuated its skyline with a number of aesthetic, Read More

I first visited Valencia in 2007 during the America’s Cup boat races. Given that I was a young backpacker who was traveling with friends at the time, that trip was more focused on the party scene Valencia offers than its amazing architecture, culture, and food. Therefore, during my second visit to Valencia in 2013,, Read More

I had originally planned to spend three days in Dublin, but because I spent an extra day in Belfast (due to having such a great time there) I only had a weekend. I took a bus from Belfast to Dublin and it was a surprisingly cheap and easy to cross the border from Northern, Read More

After spending two weeks road tripping through Scotland with my parents, I was eager to get back into the backpacking scene and independently explore Belfast. Upon arrival, I found my way to the Global Village Hostel, a wonderful hostel that I would highly recommend to anyone. It is owned and operated by a very, Read More

We drove from Oban to Portree, on the Isle of Skye, and my parents dropped me off at the Portree Independent Hostel. Perhaps I had just grown used to the niceties of bed and breakfasts, but I found the Portree Independent hostel to be very basic and my room had a terrible sweaty sock, Read More

The next town on our itinerary was Oban, a name I was familiar with because there is a popular whisky sold internationally which holds the same name. As we drove from Stirling to Oban, we made a stop on Loch Lomand to take in the massive Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Unfortunately, the trees, Read More

We decided the best way to see Edinburgh was by making a day trip from Stirling, so we made the short walk from the Forth Guesthouse to the Stirling train station and purchased tickets to Edinburgh from the self-serve machine. The train ride was uneventful and the Edinburgh train station was in the heart, Read More

The road into Stirling provided a striking first impression for us, as both the Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument were clearly visible in the hills above. We stayed at the Forth Guest House in Stirling, which was another wonderful B&B run by two very nice older Scots. Following instructions from my good friend Michael,, Read More