Many travel bloggers do monthly recaps, so I decided to start doing these as well. I think it’s a great way to keep you up to date on how my mission visiting every country in the world is going.
I’m a little bit late for my first monthly recap, so I added September and October together. In the future, I’ll do one after every month. Officially, I started my journey on August 31. That’s when I moved out of my apartment. I stayed two weeks at my grandmother’s apartment while she was away and then I flew to Barcelona.
Countries Visited: Spain, the UK (Gibraltar), Portugal, Andorra, France, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Vatican, Albania = 11
Cities / Towns visited: Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Marbella, Granada, Seville, Lleida; Portugal: Lagos, Lisbon; France: Toulouse, Nice; Italy: Milan, Rimini, Rome, Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii, Bari; Albania: Durres, Berat, Saranda, Tirana
New Countries: Portugal, Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Albania = 5
Country Count: 70/197
Modes of Transportation Taken: Plane, bus, train, car (hitchhiking and rental car), ferry, minibus
Places I’ve Slept in: Hostel, hotel, apartment, bus, train, ferry terminal, ferry
Nights without bed: 3
I’ve had sleeping problems my whole life, and if I have to spend a night in a bus, train or anything like that, I won’t sleep. I’m already having huge problems sleeping in hostel dorms because there is always someone snoring. So hopefully, I can reduce this number to zero.
Alhambra: Getting there was a real struggle, but it was worth it. Such a beautiful place!
Pompeii: I’ve wanted to visit this place forever, so it was nice to tick it off my bucket list.
Hitchhiking in Andorra: Hitchhiking is never easy, but when you can do it in such a beautiful place as Andorra, you don’t mind long walks or waits!
The Bari situation: This was the lowest point on my travels so far. I missed my ferry, got sexually harassed, spent two nights without a bed (another one locked inside the ferry terminal) and broke into an office room. You can read the whole story here.
Getting sexually harassed: This happened more than once in Italy. You can read here how I got harassed in a hostel dorm.
San Marino: I had no expectations for San Marino, so its beauty surprised me. All those castles, mountains, and forests… And all the time you are walking in the clouds – literally! Also, I think that Autumn was a good time to visit as the colors were beautiful and it truly made the atmosphere unique.
Albania: I had tried to visit Albania four years ago when I was traveling in the Balkans. Back then connections to Albania weren’t nearly as good as today, so I decided to skip it. Now, I finally made it there, and I enjoyed every second there. Beautiful landscape, friendly people, and its uniqueness are reasons to fall in love with Albania.
I haven’t written posts about these places yet, but I have three clear winners for this category.
Ao 26, Lisbon: The best restaurant I’ve ever been to! It’s a vegan restaurant, but I recommend it for meat-eaters as well. Their seitan steak tastes just like meat; you won’t even notice the difference. I ate there two times, and I could travel back to Lisbon just to eat there again.
Rifugio Romano, Rome: This restaurant is not fully vegan, but offers a whole menu for vegans. It’s a traditional Italian family-run restaurant. Half of the family is vegan, and that’s why they offer veganized Italian dishes. I ate there literally like six nights in a row because it was located just next to my hostel and the food was to die for.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Naples: If you have watched the movie “Eat, Pray, Love,” you will recognize this restaurant. They only make two different pizzas: Marinara and Margherita. I went for Marinara, obviously, because it’s vegan. And yes, it’s true, they really know how to make pizza in Naples!
This photo is from Belem Tower, in Lisbon. I happened to be there early in a morning when I got this shot.
Beautiful San Marino.
A view from St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican.
Coming up in November 2016
We are already halfway through November, but I can just tell you that this month there is not much excitement happening. Right now I’m in Istanbul, and I’m planning to stay here the whole month. I’ll probably make small trips to places like Cappadocia and Pamukkale, but that’s it.