Spain yesterday, England today, Israel tomorrow (and Jordan next week)

July 14, 2012

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This is when things start to get hectic. When the travels ramp up and my internet access gets scarce.  This is when I find myself barely able to keep up with where I need to be and when I start to get behind in my storytelling. Please forgive.

I’m in London right now.  I was in Spain yesterday. I fly to Tel Aviv, Israel tomorrow.  Liebling and I are off for a two-week jaunt around Israel and Jordan, landing in Tel Aviv, hitting up Jerusalem and the Dead Sea before crossing into Jordanian territory and spending the week exploring places like Petra and Wadi Rum.

If you’ve been following my shenanigans on my Facebook page or on my poorly maintained Twitter (I just can’t seem to get the hang of updating that thing), you’ll know that just yesterday I was in Madrid. I spent the last week in Spain, basking in the much-needed sunshine, hanging out with some really cool ladies, and… running with bulls. You know, as you do.  Because, yes, I participated in the San Fermin festival in Pamplona this year, dressed up in red and white and ran like a maniac alongside a herd of 1500 lb bulls with other maniacs crazy enough to do the same. Miracle of all miracles, I managed to run and not get hurt, apart from getting accidently socked in the eye by someone during the bull run. I’m typically way more accident-prone.

Pamplona was exhilarating, terrifying, and exhausting all at once.  There are so many words to write, so many stories to tell, and a ridiculous amount of photos to share, but as I have to get to bed (early flight tomorrow!) they will have to come later.  For now, here are just a few snaps of what I lived this past week:

With my running partners Ms. Nicole is the New Black and Ms. Nomadic Chick as we awaited the arrival of Nicole TravelBug

 

A sea of red and white in Pamplona Yummy paella

 

Crazy Brit drinking sangria

 

 

Long story short: I had an amazing time and I want to go back, though I’m not sure I would actually run with the bulls again.  Stay tuned for more updates. They may be slow coming, but they are definitely on the way!

 

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Janet July 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

Love your blog and spirit! I’d like to surprise my husband with a trip to Europe (open to anywhere). Would be great to take the Euro rail to see multiple countries in the span of 7 days. Which two countries would you recommend as a must see. I’ve already been to London so that’s not priority.

I welcome your suggestions! thanks.

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Oneika July 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Janet! Glad you are enjoying my ramblings! If it’s your first time in Europe and you are big on both history, culture, and pretty monuments to see, I would definitely recommend France. I also love Italy, but if you only have 7 days and are travelling by rail, you won’t have time to go all the way there! I would recommend doing Paris and Nice or Lyon. If you have the time you can also do a day trip to Brussels/Bruges from Paris!

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Crystal July 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

How exciting! I’d love to get to Israel and Jordan one day. Have fun, be safe, and take lots of pics!!
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Oneika July 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Thanks lady! Pics coming soon!

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Andi July 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Yeeeees you are living THE dream!!! Enjoy your incredible Middle East journey!
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Nomadic Chick July 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

Have fun with your Mister!
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Oneika July 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thanks chicky!

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Sarah Thériault July 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

I still can’t believe you did it! You’re crazy girl! I look forward to the post about it and to hearing about your Isreal/Jordan adventures!
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Oneika July 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

We are crazy!! But so glad we did it anyway!

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nicoleisthenewblack July 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

We are so cute. Happy Travels and try to stay cool. OMG its gonna be hot as hell fire!
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Oneika July 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Don’t we look good!!? Ok, so Tel Aviv is blazing hot but I love it!!

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Emm in London July 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Oneika, the last thing you should be worrying about right now is keeping in touch! Glad you survived in Pamplona, have a fab time in Israel and sorry to read about your passport stamp debacle!
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Oneika July 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Hee hee! You are the voice of reason, Miss Emm!! Thanks for your comment!

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D.J. - The World of Deej July 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

Exciting stuff Oneika!
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Oneika July 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I’m making it a summer of travel fun!

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Quiana July 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

What a great teaser! I can tell you had an amazing time and can’t wait to hear more. Safe travels!
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Melissa July 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile–and love! Hope you’re able to share more of your experiences in Pamplona! I can’t wrap my head around running in front of a dozen sets of horns—weren’t you terrified?? I adore everything about Spain except, perhaps, the thought of doing that. I’m assuming you considered that “run” your run for the day? I’m with you on running while traveling (one of your other posts)–it’s the only way I can eat all the yummy food I find and still fit on buses and planes. ; )
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Oneika July 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

More Pamplona posts are coming up shortly! The run was too short to consider a real run, but the adrenaline and fear made me exhausted afterward…

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LittleFoot July 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I am once excited and jealous that you ran with the bulls. It is on my list of things to do now. I hear it’s going away (do you know if that is true?) So I better get to planning on being in San Fermin next year.

Happy travels to Israel and Jordan. Hope you made it to the Western/Wailing wall and left a prayer and let me know you you like the Dead Sea. For once I could float so I was pretty happy with it. Oh, if you have any open cuts or scratches be prepared for them to burn!

I loved Petra but comfy walking clothes and shoes to include a hat are a must. And water, icy cold water, will be your friend.

Enjoy!
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Oneika July 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for the tips!! I made it to the Wailing Wall yesterday and today and got some good pics! Spain was fabulous, I”m working on a post so it should be up shortly!

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Jay July 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

Wow! Your travels sure have ramped up! Excited to read about both Israel and Jordan! Safe travels!
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Oneika July 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I’m in Israel right now and it’s amazing!

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