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Off the Beaten Path in Portugal

What better way to stray from the tourist trail than to take a local bus to a town you can’t pronounce? After a few days in Lagos, I felt this was the best way to discover a more authentic side of Portugal. An hour and a half later, I hopped off the bus at this random...

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Looks Can Be Deceiving in Lagos

You know that feeling when you see an extremely beautiful man (or woman)? You’re in awe of his beauty, dying to get to know him. As you finally find a way to approach him, you realize that behind that beautiful face and tan skin, he can’t hold a conversation to save...

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Spontaneous Adventures in Granada

Granada is a city that, to me, is unparalleled in culture, history, attitude, inspiration, and charm. Whether you’re taking a stroll along the Darro River or you’re exploring the ancient cobblestone labyrinth of the Albayzin, somewhere along the way,...

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Where to Stay in Córdoba, Spain

During the few days I stayed in Córdoba in Spain, I stayed at Option Be Hostel. I highly recommend staying here on your travels through Andalucia. Hostels can range from cozy and inviting to absolutely disgusting. That’s why it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you book a place to stay.

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La Mezquita Catedral in Córdoba

When visiting Córdoba, you can’t miss the stunning Mezquita Catedral. This massive structure is the centerpiece of the city’s old town, and with good reason. It’s one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings, demonstrating the brilliant architectural design and cultural influence they’ve had for centuries.

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Arriving in Córdoba, Spain

As it turns out, I’m starting this whole backpacking adventure in the country that made me fall in love with traveling in the first place: España. After revisiting my favorite beaches and seeing my best friends in Ibiza, I decided to take a trip to the classic, undeniably beautiful region of Andalucía.

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A Year of Travel

I’m writing to you from yet another airport, awaiting a flight to Andalucía from the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Next to me is a 55L backpack containing everything I’ll need for the next year of my life. This is the start of an exciting journey backpacking around the world.

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