Fastest way – best way?

People of the XXI century became very lazy. Most of us lack patience. We don’t like to wait at all, we need fast lines, fast service, fast food, fast internet connection and so on. We got used to getting all we want immediately and if it happens that we have to wait for something we get anxious. What happened with easy come, easy go? Is the fastest way always the best way?

The World Is Calling Me

La Rioja, Spain

My best friend Natalia and I decided to go for a road trip in the north of Spain. We were very tempted by taking a flight to Majorca and spent few lazy days on the beach but we thought that maybe instead of that we can rent a car and visit few places in the north. Also, we believed that it will be cheaper (we were very WRONG). Anyway, we decided that we want to cut on expenses and instead of taking the paid highway we will take the local roads. This way we could save some money and see more of the countryside.

Natalia&I in Bilbao

Natalia&I in Bilbao

The idea was very beautiful but the trip itself was pretty exhausting especially for Natalia, who was driving for the whole time (I know, I’m a bad friend, but my driving skills are so excellent that I was seriously afraid of killing us on the way). We spent most of the first day of our trip in the car, driving from Barcelona to Bilbao. When we entered La Rioja province the decent roads ended and the GPS took us through some small villages and very narrow roads in the high mountains. Also, we were lucky enough not to have a good GPS so we used Google Maps from Natalia’s tablet instead. Both me Natalia had no smartphones at that time (hurray) and we struggled a lot because of that. We got lost only twice but I got so angry when entering Bilbao that I felt like throwing all the electronics we possessed out of the window. I didn’t do that in the end but it was close 😉

Pais Vasco

The views were stunning and we couldn’t stop looking around and commenting on how beautiful the north is. From time to time we crossed the highway and laughed that the fast lanes are for rich people and we, poor girls, have no choice but driving through those shitty roads. Well, the conclusion of that trip was that sometimes, it really pays off to be poor 😉

Paisc Vasco

Paisc Vasco

It took us ages to get to Bilbao and we arrived exhausted yet very satisfied (again, Natalia was a hero, I was just a copilot). One day on the road was enough to realize that driving through Basque Country will be pretty challenging but we truly believed that it will be worth it. And it was 🙂

We (again Natalia) stuck to the plan and didn’t drive even 1 km on the paid highway. Yeah, we did curse those tiny roads with millions of dangerous curves but If we could plan the trip again we would do exact same thing.

Natalia is an amazing driver and she handled it with a lot of grace – I have to admit that there were few moments when I was seriously scared – we drove very close to the edge and when there was a car coming from the opposite direction I had a feeling that we gonna crash. Nothing like that happened of course but it was close, especially on the way out of Bilbao, which is by the way the craziest city to drive in I’ve ever been.

Pais Vasco

Thanks to driving on the local roads we saw a lot and we had the privilege to stop anywhere we wanted to take some awesome pictures. I enjoyed every second of that trip and although we spent most of it in the car crossing Basque Country and came back home exhausted and a bit sick I would never change that trip to lazy time on Majorca or crazy time on Ibiza (and you know how much I like partying 😉 ).

Also, thanks to the fact that all the hotels in the city were booked we stayed in an amazing place in the middle of nowhere that had a view like that

Arantzazu, Pais Vasco

Arantzazu, Pais Vasco

Arantzazu, Pais Vasco

Arantzazu, Pais Vasco

We saw Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and a lot of small villages on the way. I don’t usually have a chance to travel with my best friend so that opportunity was one in a kind. We are a perfect match so traveling with her was a pure pleasure, we never discussed on what we gonna do, we always felt like eating 😉 and enjoying everything we could. I usually prefer to travel alone because I don’t like to compromise too much on what and when to do, but traveling with Natalia was perfect because not only we agree on mostly everything but we also have the same sense of humor…being around her is a lot of fun always 😀

When we were on the way back home I suddenly saw a beautiful lake and started to scream  – “stop here, stop here, I have to swim in that lake”! Natalia wasn’t so happy about that because we were running out of time and she was tired but as I said, she is an amazing friend so of course she did stop so I could take a short swim in the most beautiful lake I’ve seen in my life.

Emblase De Yesea

The most beautiful lake I saw in my life – Emblase De Yesea

 

Emblase De Yesea Lake

Emblase De Yesea Lake

The whole trip was a big success; Basque Country is beautiful, the food there is delicious, and when crossing La Rioja province I got a chance to taste the best grapes in my life. The countryside is stunning and the small villages charming – I can’t complain about anything beside one weird pueblo, where everyone was looking at us and some rude waiter refused to serve us food (and we were so hungry!). Oh, and it rains quite a lot but well, they say you can’t have everything…but when I think about it I can say that I had everything: the sun, the sea, very tasty food AND the best friend on my side. Well, nothing else to add, I’m simply a very lucky bastard 😉

 

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