Willie Nelson said it best, but we're off on another adventure.
It was requested that I make a map of where we have been and where we are going. Below I have done that to the best of my ability. Some cities are left out because I couldn't fit more Xs in the smaller counties but the overall pathway is correct.
The purple Xs represent where we have been, the red, where we are planning to go. As you can see we depart for Europe shortly. We begin in Barcelona. The time change is pretty significant so we give ourselves a few days to adjust then head to Valencia for La Tomatina, the largest food fight in the world.
After that we meet back with some friends in Barcelona then we're off to Lisbon, Portugal. Since we want to go so many places in Europe we wanted to find the cheapest, most efficient way to move about the continent. We found a hop on/hop off bus that stops in 46 cities in Europe. We like the flexibility of being able to pick our own route and staying as long as we want in a place since buses come by every other day. We decided to start on their network in Lisbon. It's a bit backwards since from Lisbon we go back into Spain and visit Madrid then San Sebastián but it works! The rest of the path is pretty straightforward. From Paris we go to Bruges, Belgium and circle downward to Italy and finish back up in Paris again. We will stay longer in the places we find work and shorter in the cities we are just passing through. After Paris we will try to find work in London and hopefully get tickets to see Vince's favorite soccer team, Arsenal, play at their home stadium! From London we will fly to Chicago because international flights are always cheaper from there rather than St. Louis. However on the way to Chicago, several airlines have started doing free stopovers in Iceland, which we plan to take full advantage of!
So there you have it! Where we started, where we have been, and our plan for the future. (Always subject to change of course😉).
If you are interested I will list the cities in order below the map since not everything is labeled on the map. Italicized letters indicate cities we have not yet visited.
Layover in Houston, Texas
San Jose, Costa Rica
Playa Bejuco, Costa Rica (not pictured)
Mal País, Costa Rica (not pictured)
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica (not pictured)
Montezuma, Costa Rica (not pictured)
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica (not pictured)
Quepos, Costa Roca (not pictured)
-Back to Playa Bejuco
La Fortuna, Costa Rica (not pictured)
-Back to San Jose to catch the bus to Panama
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bastimentos Island, Panama (not pictured)
Zapatilla Island, Panama (not pictured)
Panama City, Panama
Ollantaytambo, Peru (not pictured)
Pisac, Peru (not pictured)
-Back to Cusco to fly to Chile
Viña Del Mar, Chile (not pictured)
-Back to Santiago to fly to Barcelona
-Back to Barcelona to Lisbon
San Sebastián, Spain
Prague, Czech Republic
La Speza/Cinque Terre, Italy
- Back to Paris to catch train to London
Stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland