Dec 04, 2000
I've spent the last week remembering back to my first trip to Spain. I was new to backpacking, I had never traveled alone, and I was scared. I had a to cycle from Madrid to Florence. A plan which quickly fell apart. I remember clearly the fact that I had only donuts and coffee for dinner the first night because I couldn't find a restaurant. I remember the early struggle with not speaking the language.
This trip is very different. I am now an experienced traveler who has traveled much of the world. I am going without a plan, because I no longer need one. To some extent I regret my decision to go to Spain. First of all, it is cold. Perhaps I should have headed somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere where I could enjoy the summer weather. On top of that I have been to Spain and speak some of the language and understand a bit about the culture. I feel that this trip is going to lack the challenge and adventure of traveling someplace new.
Then I think more about my original trip to Spain. If I remember correctly, the people were great, the food was incredible, the parties lasted all night, and I met hundreds of beautiful girls named Marta. This trip may lack the adventure of some other places, but I sure am glad that I'm going.
December 5 - SFO ==> Madrid
I'll likely only spend a day or two in Madrid before heading South (could be East or West). I might visit Portugal for a few days since I haven't been there before. Other than that, I don't have any set plans. I should return to Madrid a day or two before the New Years.
December 31 - New Years Eve in Madrid
Rumor has it that you can spend a full 48 hours of partying and dancing in Madrid for New Years. The dozen grapes eaten at midnight are very much just the start of the festivities.
January 5 - Madrid ==> SFO
After a few days of continuous parties, I'll need a few days to hang out somewhere quiet and recover. After that, I'm back on the plane and heading back to San Francisco.