I couldn’t get away this weekend, but Ryan managed to skip town for a few days to visit friends and snowboard his way across New Hampshire and Vermont (i.e. bro trip to shred the gnar, hit the pow-pow). It was his first time really exploring rural New England and he said it was every bit […]Read more "Ryan Kills it in Killington"
For our last night in Spain, I’d chosen to circle back towards Barcelona so we’d be nearby for our flight the next day. Tarragona is a quaint coastal town filled with Roman ruins about 45 minutes south of the Barcelona airport. It looked like a perfect quiet way to soak up some history and wind down […]Read more "Tarragona & the Santa Tecla Fiesta"
One drizzly morning in San Sebastian, we zipped out to Zarautz in search of surf. Ryan’s hopes were dashed by lackluster waves, but my dreams of whole roasted fish were just coming true. Nearby in the charming fishing village of Getaria was Elkano, a Michelin-starred restaurant called one of the “7 Most Underrated Restaurants in Europe.” They take […]Read more "Getaria – seeking surf and roasted fish"
This intimate coastal town in Basque Country has one of the best left-breaking waves in Europe, and possibly the world. A river mouth’s sandbar meets the ocean in just the perfect way to create a long, clean, and powerful left-breaking wave – just the kind Ryan loves to surf. We reserved possibly the most perfect AirBnB […]Read more "Mundaka: land of lefts"
Outside of San Sebastian, we stopped in Bakio for some surf, but it was flat. I pried Ryan away from the waves long enough to check out this hike I’d read about on Pinterest, of all places. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a tiny island connected to mainland by a zig-zagging man-made bridge. A chapel dedicated to […]Read more "San Juan de Gaztelugatxe"
Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine Abbey about 30 minutes outside of Barcelona, tucked into the side of the mountain of Montserrat. The monastery was founded in the 10th century and still functions today. We rented a car and drove straight up the mountain on our way from Barcelona to San Sebastian. The drive […]Read more "Magnificent Montserrat"
Barcelona is my new favorite big city. I knew the architecture would be out of this world, the food amazing, the wine a’ plenty. No one told me there would be beautiful beaches, that you can walk everywhere, that you can be on a mountain overlooking the city one moment and on the beach looking […]Read more "Barcelona, you beauty"