June – August 1999

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Intro

Yes!  The defining trip of my youth… the post-college graduation backpacking, hitchhiking, train-taking, country-hopping, hostel-staying trip of a lifetime.  Except… I couldn’t wait until after graduation to do it, so I did it a full year before graduating.  That travel bug was really starting to get bad.

72 days – two-and-a-half months – essentially my entire summer vacation, was this trip!  This was, and still is, my longest trip ever, covering 19 countries (tied with my round-the-world trip in 2001)!  The heart of the trip had me meeting up with 4 friends in Seville, the start of an epic backpacking jaunt through Europe – covering Spain, Andorra, Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Czech Republic, and finally ending in Poland — going through some of my favorite cities in Europe.

Not satisfied with that, I planned a pre-trip trip to England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland for two weeks with a different friend, then left her in London and continued on my own for another week in France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and northern Spain, before finally meeting up with my friends.

 Of course… still not satisfied with that, after Warsaw, I continued on my own to Greece, Jordan, Egypt, and finally Germany.  Realizing that I’ll never be truly satisfied, I flew back home, and went right back to school.  Until next summer!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1London, EnglandJune 2, 1999June 7, 1999
    2Cambridge, EnglandJune 7, 1999June 8, 1999
    3Oxford, EnglandJune 8, 1999June 8, 1999
    4Birmingham, EnglandJune 8, 1999June 9, 1999
    5Conwy, WalesJune 9, 1999June 9, 1999
    6Holyhead, WalesJune 9, 1999June 9, 1999
    7Dublin, IrelandJune 9, 1999June 11, 1999
    8Drogheda, IrelandJune 11, 1999June 11, 1999
    9Newry, United KingdomJune 11, 1999June 11, 1999
    10Belfast, Northern IrelandJune 11, 1999June 12, 1999
    11Cairnryan, ScotlandJune 12, 1999June 12, 1999
    12Ayr, ScotlandJune 12, 1999June 12, 1999
    13Glasgow, ScotlandJune 12, 1999June 13, 1999
    14Edinburgh, ScotlandJune 13, 1999June 15, 1999
    15Inverness, ScotlandJune 15, 1999June 16, 1999
    16Dochgarroch, ScotlandJune 16, 1999June 16, 1999
    17Loch Ness, ScotlandJune 16, 1999June 16, 1999
    18Drumnadrochit, ScotlandJune 16, 1999June 16, 1999
    19Invermoriston, ScotlandJune 16, 1999June 16, 1999
    20Fort Augustus, ScotlandJune 16, 1999June 16, 1999
    21Inverness, ScotlandJune 16, 1999June 17, 1999
    22London, EnglandJune 17, 1999June 18, 1999
    23Paris, FranceJune 18, 1999June 19, 1999
    24Marne-la-Vallée, FranceJune 19, 1999June 19, 1999
    25Poissy, FranceJune 19, 1999June 19, 1999
    26Paris, FranceJune 19, 1999June 20, 1999
    27Belfort, FranceJune 20, 1999June 21, 1999
    28Ronchamp, FranceJune 21, 1999June 21, 1999
    29Belfort, FranceJune 21, 1999June 21, 1999
    30Mulhouse, FranceJune 21, 1999June 21, 1999
    31Basel, SwitzerlandJune 21, 1999June 21, 1999
    32Zurich, SwitzerlandJune 21, 1999June 22, 1999
    33Sargans, SwitzerlandJune 22, 1999June 22, 1999
    34Balzers, LiechtensteinJune 22, 1999June 22, 1999
    35Vaduz, LiechtensteinJune 22, 1999June 22, 1999
    36Sargans, SwitzerlandJune 22, 1999June 22, 1999
    37Thalwil, SwitzerlandJune 22, 1999June 22, 1999
    38Lucerne, SwitzerlandJune 22, 1999June 23, 1999
    39Bern, SwitzerlandJune 23, 1999June 23, 1999
    40Geneva, SwitzerlandJune 23, 1999June 24, 1999
    41Lyon, FranceJune 24, 1999June 24, 1999
    42Carcassonne, FranceJune 24, 1999June 24, 1999
    43Toulouse, FranceJune 24, 1999June 24, 1999
    44Bayonne, FranceJune 24, 1999June 25, 1999
    45Bilbao, SpainJune 25, 1999June 26, 1999
    46Miranda de Ebro, SpainJune 26, 1999June 26, 1999
    47Madrid, SpainJune 26, 1999June 26, 1999
    48Seville, SpainJune 26, 1999June 28, 1999
    49Córdoba, SpainJune 28, 1999June 28, 1999
    50Madrid, SpainJune 28, 1999July 1, 1999
    51Barcelona, SpainJuly 1, 1999July 2, 1999
    52Sitges, SpainJuly 2, 1999July 2, 1999
    53Barcelona, SpainJuly 2, 1999July 3, 1999
    54Puigcerdà, SpainJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    55Latour-de-Carol, FranceJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    56Pas de la Casa, AndorraJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    57Les Escaldes, AndorraJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    58Andorra la Vella, AndorraJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    59Santa Coloma, AndorraJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    60La Seu d'Urgell, SpainJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    61Montserrat, SpainJuly 3, 1999July 3, 1999
    62Barcelona, SpainJuly 3, 1999July 5, 1999
    63Nice, FranceJuly 5, 1999July 5, 1999
    64Ventimiglia, ItalyJuly 5, 1999July 5, 1999
    65Milan, ItalyJuly 5, 1999July 6, 1999
    66Florence, ItalyJuly 6, 1999July 8, 1999
    67Pisa, ItalyJuly 8, 1999July 8, 1999
    68Florence, ItalyJuly 8, 1999July 9, 1999
    69Siena, ItalyJuly 9, 1999July 9, 1999
    70Poggibonsi, ItalyJuly 9, 1999July 9, 1999
    71San Gimignano, ItalyJuly 9, 1999July 9, 1999
    72Florence, ItalyJuly 9, 1999July 10, 1999
    73Rome, ItalyJuly 10, 1999July 12, 1999
    74Vatican City, Vatican CityJuly 11, 1999July 12, 1999
    75Rome, ItalyJuly 12, 1999July 13, 1999
    76Falconara Marittima, ItalyJuly 13, 1999July 13, 1999
    77Rimini, ItalyJuly 13, 1999July 13, 1999
    78San Marino, San MarinoJuly 13, 1999July 13, 1999
    79Rimini, ItalyJuly 13, 1999July 13, 1999
    80Mestre, ItalyJuly 13, 1999July 13, 1999
    81Venice, ItalyJuly 13, 1999July 16, 1999
    82Munich, GermanyJuly 16, 1999July 16, 1999
    83Fürth, GermanyJuly 16, 1999July 16, 1999
    84Nuremberg, GermanyJuly 16, 1999July 16, 1999
    85Marktredwitz, GermanyJuly 16, 1999July 16, 1999
    86Cheb, Czech RepublicJuly 16, 1999July 16, 1999
    87Plzen, Czech RepublicJuly 16, 1999July 16, 1999
    88Prague, Czech RepublicJuly 16, 1999July 18, 1999
    89Krakow, PolandJuly 18, 1999July 19, 1999
    90Wieliczka, PolandJuly 19, 1999July 19, 1999
    91Krakow, PolandJuly 19, 1999July 20, 1999
    92Oswiecim, PolandJuly 20, 1999July 20, 1999
    93Krakow, PolandJuly 20, 1999July 20, 1999
    94Gdańsk, PolandJuly 20, 1999July 21, 1999
    95Malbork, PolandJuly 21, 1999July 21, 1999
    96Gdańsk, PolandJuly 21, 1999July 22, 1999
    97Warsaw, PolandJuly 22, 1999July 24, 1999
    98Frankfurt, GermanyJuly 24, 1999July 24, 1999
    99Athens, GreeceJuly 24, 1999July 25, 1999
    100Korinthos, GreeceJuly 25, 1999July 25, 1999
    101Athens, GreeceJuly 25, 1999July 26, 1999
    102Piraeus, GreeceJuly 26, 1999July 26, 1999
    103Athens, GreeceJuly 26, 1999July 27, 1999
    104Delphi, GreeceJuly 27, 1999July 27, 1999
    105Athens, GreeceJuly 27, 1999July 28, 1999
    106Beirut, LebanonJuly 28, 1999July 28, 1999
    107Amman, JordanJuly 28, 1999August 4, 1999
    108Dead Sea, JordanAugust 4, 1999August 4, 1999
    109Fuheis, JordanAugust 4, 1999August 4, 1999
    110Amman, JordanAugust 4, 1999August 5, 1999
    111Mahis, JordanAugust 5, 1999August 5, 1999
    112Amman, JordanAugust 5, 1999August 6, 1999
    113Madaba, JordanAugust 6, 1999August 6, 1999
    114Amman, JordanAugust 6, 1999August 7, 1999
    115Petra, JordanAugust 7, 1999August 8, 1999
    116Taybeh, JordanAugust 8, 1999August 8, 1999
    117Shobak, JordanAugust 8, 1999August 8, 1999
    118Amman, JordanAugust 8, 1999August 8, 1999
    119Cairo, EgyptAugust 8, 1999August 9, 1999
    120Memphis, EgyptAugust 9, 1999August 9, 1999
    121Saqqara, EgyptAugust 9, 1999August 9, 1999
    122Giza, EgyptAugust 9, 1999August 9, 1999
    123Cairo, EgyptAugust 9, 1999August 11, 1999
    124Amman, JordanAugust 11, 1999August 13, 1999
    125Athens, GreeceAugust 13, 1999August 14, 1999
    126Peristeri, GreeceAugust 14, 1999August 14, 1999
    127Athens, GreeceAugust 14, 1999August 15, 1999
    128Munich, GermanyAugust 15, 1999August 16, 1999
    129Ulm, GermanyAugust 16, 1999August 16, 1999
    130Munich, GermanyAugust 16, 1999August 17, 1999
    131Dachau, GermanyAugust 17, 1999August 17, 1999
    132Munich, GermanyAugust 17, 1999August 18, 1999

    Featured Image

    Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy

    The obligatory ‘tourist’ shot of one of the most famous buildings on earth, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Of course, it’s worth noting that I’m the one trying to save the building from destruction, not the one trying to topple it!

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