Friday, July 29, 2011

Fun in the San Sebastian sun

There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about San Sebastian. The place really has it all; delicious food, fun surf, friendly locals, pumping nightlife and an infinite amount of photo opportunities.

We spent one amazing week in San Seb, and by the end I was ready to settle down and start scouring the rental market. In all my travels so far, I've never felt so at home and comfortable in a foreign (non English speaking) country. 

I had ALOT of trouble trying to cull down the hundreds of photos I took around San Sebastian, but here are my top ten. 

I hope you enjoy these shots as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Back to the future in Bilbao

To be completely honest, I did absolutely no research on the city of Bilbao. All I knew is that we were headed to this small Spanish city for the music festival BBK Live (which I also knew nothing about). This is not the way I like to arrive in a new destination, as this will more often than not - leave you with a sour (and guilty) taste in your mouth upon departure.

Thankfully Bilbao was kind to us. Very kind in fact. The festival dished up some epic tunes by the likes of Mr. Jack Johnson, Kaiser Chiefs and the Chemical Bro's to name a few and the city was interesting to say the least.

After a few days of camping on the magical mountain-side for BBK Live, we made our way into the heart of the city for a day of sightseeing, before heading to San Sebastien for our long awaited coast injection. The inner city of Bilbao was a complete eye-opener for us. Because the outskirts of the city were in much need of some TLC, I assumed that the rest of the city would be in a very similar state. Apparently not!

Downtown Bilbao reminded me of a scenes from Back to the Future (the one with the hoverboards), complete with impressive architecture, superb sculptures and the housing the world famous Guggenheim museum. OMG!! WTFace?! etc etc..

A hot tip to any rookie traveller or soon to be globe trotter: do your research before you get to your next destination, because you might miss out on something extremely special. We narrowly avoided sheer disappointment. I won't make the same mistake again!

Here are a few shots from the mountain top where we resided at BBK Live and from the brilliant city of Bilbao.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Running Of (From) The Bulls - Pamplona

Well it was madness to say the least. 650kg bulls hurtling their way down the narrow cobblestone streets of Pamplona. What makes it even more nuts is that they're just trying to get away (and probably scared shitless) from the hoards of local men and drunken tourists who attempt to run along with these sacred Spanish beasts at the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls in Pamplona every year.

Unfortunately there aren't a great deal of action packed shots in this post of people being gouged or trampled during the run. Thats because I was one of the crazy tourists (stone sober I might add) part-taking in this years event, and I was told that it was probably a good idea if I left the camera at home whilst running. In hindsight, that was a very good call! Once you see the bulls running full steam ahead and the revellers doing everything they can to not get trampled, there is only thing going through your mind. Run. Thats it. Sorry, no room for tourist snaps!

Fortunately, I had my number one travel buddy (A.K.A Nat Thom) in the stadium to get a couple of snaps of the younger, more friskier bulls going to town on a few of the dickhead Australian's who thought it was a good idea to try and pull them by the tail. Thankfully the majority of these people were dished out some swift justice, Spanish style!

These next few shots are taken from in and amongst the madness of The Running Of The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Last Days Of London

I've had mixed emotions about these last few weeks. Part of me has has wanted time to slow down, as there is still lots which I feel like I haven't done. The other part has wanted time to speed on by so I can get cracking on the exciting European Summer trip which Nat and I have been planning for the last 6 months. The surf, sun, beaches, parties and Ducati tours are calling!

I will miss London though. These last few days I've realised that more than ever. We've made some amazing friends and experienced most of the history and culture which London has to offer. These are this things which I'll miss most when we arrive home.

Here are a few photo's of our last few days of London. 

Thank you for having us London, you've been a great host!