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There are always risks involved with travel. In fact, sometimes travelling feels like a constant string of playing the odds. Whether we’re hiking in remote mountains, boarding a chicken bus in Guatemala or eating street tacos in Mexico, we need to weigh the risks (altitude sickness, tragic crash, 12 hours on the toilet) against the benefits (amazing mountain views, travel for cheapskates, tasty and greasy) when making our decision. COVID-19 simply presented us with another risk/reward assessment. When things got crazy in March at the end of our incredible Rota Vicentina trek, we decided to stay in Portugal after considering both the benefits (weather, scenery, avoiding the mad rush of the airports and airplanes) and the risks (diminishing flight options, getting sick abroad, attempting to speak Portuguese). We know that even though it is possible for us to get seriously ill from the coronavirus, statistically, it’s not very likely. However,…

If you have the choice where would you choose – Madrid or Nuremberg? In between our long, meandering Camino adventure and our current daily regimen of hiking and scarfing down fresh bread on the island of Tenerife there was an awkward little bubble of time during which we lacked any firm plans. Once we booked our flight to the Canary Islands out of Madrid, however, we knew we would finally get our look at that great old city. Strangely, despite Madrid being far and away the most common entry and exit point for Spain, not to mention a popular tourist destination in its own right, we had somehow managed to achieve the highly unlikely feat of spending at least one night in roughly 67 different Spanish cities/towns/villages/sketchy huts without yet spending even a single day in Madrid. Well, streak over. But did we really need a whole week there? Our…

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