Madrid & Barcelona, Spain

January 3, 2011

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My only impressions of Madrid came from Atletico and Real but embarking on the eight-hour bus from Bilbao with Sami, we were soaked in sun as soon as we left the city.  Arriving in the evening to the welcoming Maria, dropping off our bags and heading straight out for sushi – Guillermo (or Willy, as […]

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

November 17, 2010

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On a day out from Bilbao, I took the hour-long bus out to Vitoria in an effort to see a little more of the country than just the usual city haunts.  I left from San Mames, didn’t quite know where I should get off – finding that the bus stopped four times in Vitoria itself, […]

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Bilbao, Spain

November 4, 2010

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I’d planned ahead to surprise my friend Sami from Bilbao, so booked the two hour flight from Amsterdam to Bilbao because I’d found it to be the cheapest way to get there.  The train was around €160, buses over twenty four hours and about the same price, yet flights were half the price at around […]

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

October 28, 2010

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Last time I visited the Netherlands was for seventeen days and dented the wallet significantly, I’ve learnt somewhat from that and encouraged myself to make the most of cheaper entertainment for the most part; buying one pre-rolled joint at a time (around €3-4 each of either hash or skunk), taking advantange of beer pitcher offers […]

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London to Amsterdam

October 13, 2010

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Gruelling the prospect, twelve hours on an over-airconditioned bus with little leg room and not a comfy position to get into and a hostel that wouldn’t open until midday, it was cathartic if nothing else. London Victoria coach station is a short walk from the underground station, checked in pretty quickly for the 22:00 to […]

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Final Rounds

September 26, 2010

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From Northampton to Wem to Hull to Malton to Northampton to London and in between, trying to see as many people as I can before departing can be demanding!  Booking trains just a week in advance has meant prices around 25% of their original price (via thetrainline.com); £6 from Northampton to London instead of nigh […]

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Planning

September 26, 2010

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This is something I did little of in life; coursework could wait until the last evening, buying presents at the final moment and travelling without much of an idea of where I’d be going.  However, this has changed!  I’ve reformed and come to realise that making my way to Syria and Iran is a time-constrained […]

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