Traveling in Spain

We are currently traveling in Spain, having left Portugal, and I’ll soon be posting about our experiences in Georgia, Portugal, and Spain. We’ll be leaving Spain soon and returning to the United States for a few weeks to see our family and friends, and then we will be off again, most likely to South America. Our latest post is about how much we liked the Baltic States, along with some mixed feelings about some politics in Lithuania. If you’d like to read it you can get to it by scrolling down to the bottom of this page or selecting “Latest” from the Postcards From the Road menu. If it’s your first time visiting our website you can also view our posts from the beginning of our trip by selecting “From the Beginning” from that menu. You can also use that menu to view our posts by category, and I’ll be adding more categories as we travel (I’m currently working on a “What We Have Learned” post). You can be notified of new posts by entering your email address in the Subscribe to Blog Via Email section in the sidebar and clicking “Subscribe”.

You can see where we are, and have been, on the map. A blue pin on the map shows you where we are now, or if we are traveling, where our next stop is. If you tap on the blue pin, you’ll be able to read our posts from wherever we are.

The green pins mark the places we have visited, and you can click on one to read the posts from that country. The red pins are the places we may be going to. As of now, we haven’t decided where to go next, so stay tuned.

 

While our journey is generally unstructured, for practical reasons (international flights are much cheaper booked with frequent flyer miles or in advance), or because reservations are required (Machu Picchu and the Trans Siberian railroad don’t work if you just show up), or just because that’s when something is happening (The Berlin Festival of Lights), we have some dates we are committed to. I’ve used normal font for destinations we are definitely going to, and italics for those we’d like to get to — but for how long, and even if we get there at all, we’ll decide as we travel. You may notice that some destinations are only cities, Berlin and Beijing, for example, because we intend to return in the future and explore the rest of Germany and China, respectively.

This is our latest plan. It will probably change, although it hasn’t yet, and when it does  you can see the changes we make here. After all, who knows what will end up happening on the road?

July 29, 2015: Kaliningrad, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Lviv
September 22, 2015: Berlin
October 15, 2015: Peru
November 8, 2015: New Zealand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand
April 30, 2015, 2016: Bhutan
May 14, 2016: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
June 2, 2016: Mongolia
June 15, 2016: Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco
November 2016: California

Notice that most of the places in Central Europe for the period July 29th to September 22nd of 2015 are in italics, and based on our style of travel, we are not going to get to all of them. (We may spend more time there after Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in July of 2016.) Whatever happens, I’ll post changes to our plans and why we made them.

We’re planning to go through South America starting in December 2016, and then back to Europe. After that we’d like to visit more of the Far East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia and the South Pacific, the Silk Route, the Middle East, and the rest of Europe.

As we decide, I’ll update the map and our list and post our new plans as well.

How we decided where to go, and when to go there, was an interesting process in and of itself. You can read about how we did it here.

You’ll see some links to commercial websites such as Airtreks (who we bought our tickets through),and a few others. These are places we actually use, and if you click on a link and purchase something, we do get a very small (and I mean very small) commission, which we use to offset the costs involved in creating and maintaining our website.

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  1. Connie Martinez

    I am so inspired…..and will be living vicariously through you along the way. I just hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, so have fun in Peru. What a wonderful country.

    Congratulations on a life well lived.

    Warm regards, Connie

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      Neal & Linda Goldstein

      Thanks Connie, that’s exciting. Anything you can tell us about Peru? We will be there in October.

  2. Judy

    Very very cool ! l feel like I will know about what is going on with you guys than when you were here 🙂

    And I too will be enjoying your travels vicariously. Travel safely.

  3. Maggie

    Great reading, love all your personal insights. I can hear your voice and feel as though I am experiencing it with you! Miss you, Maggie and Jeff

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      Neal & Linda Goldstein

      Can we do that in Prague instead, that’s our next stop? or how about Berlin?

  4. Mary Ann Young

    No wonder you made a healthy living as a writer! Love being ‘a fly on the wall.’ Miss not seeing you in your office, through my upstairs window, working away day and night.

    Mary Ann

  5. Kathy richmond

    I am enjoying your experience vicariously! This was very brave of you and I can’t wait to talk about it in person when you return. If you go to Chile, try to go to Easter Island.

    Kathy

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      Neal & Linda Goldstein

      Thanks Kathy. We are planning to go to Cuba in December 2016, and then on to Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and then Chile. Maybe we’ll stop by on the way to see you both.

      1. ken richmond

        Hi Linda and Neal
        Kathy passed along the note. Be awesome if you guys could pop by. We just got back from CT seeing Esther, and I was in Jersey City this week, I may do a project with our old friends Mike Alexander and Mark Bisker from Schwab. We are off to Nashville, Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and Ann Arbor Mi. next week, Not as exciting as your trip, but better bourbon! Hope to see you in the not too distant future
        best,
        Ken

      2. Kathy

        Yes, please do stop on your way back! We have a guest room/bath with your name on it. Have a safe trip to Berlin.

        Kathy

  6. Wendie Kouwenhoven

    Hi Linda & Neal,

    Just wanted to say hi to you (we’ve met in the train after Machu Pichu).

    We will be following your journey’s!

    I hope the ‘jump’ to new zealand goes smooth…

    greetings Wendie (& Robin)

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      Neal & Linda Goldstein

      Thanks Wendie,

      Great meeting you and perhaps we’ll meet some day in some corner of the world.

      We are off today for New Zealand via Los Angeles.

      As beautiful as Peru is, New Zealand looks quite spectacular as well.

  7. Jackie

    Hi it was nice running in to you in Phnom Penh. Best wish for your journey along the way, I will be following.

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      Neal & Linda Goldstein

      it was nice talking with you as well I hope everything worked out with your passport

  8. Eva

    Hi Neal and Linda,

    Nice talking to you in Paro, Bhutan and I believe Linda had a wonderful birthday time on that day:-) I tried finding you guys at Paro airport last Sat but failed, hope you have arrived at Shanghai safe. If you have any issues or anything you’d consult with during your stay in China, please feel free to contact me. I am also well travelled, so basicially I won’t offer you some silly answers:-)

    Btw, your stories are inspiring, I will be following.

    Be safe and enjoy your trip in China!

    Eva from Shenzhen, China

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      Neal & Linda Goldstein

      Hi Eva

      We looked for you as well, although we didn’t get on to the plan until the end, and were in front so we did get off right away. Thanks so such for your offer. We’re really happy you will be following us.

      We are in Shanghai, as you know, and we love it! It is a great city and becoming one of our favorites.

      Neal & Linda

      1. Eva

        Hi Neal, Linda,

        Glad to know that you like Shanghai, where we call Magic city (魔都) in Chinese:-)

        Just a reminder: I know your interests are in art, architecture and maybe history, thus do not miss out Shanxi History Museum when you visit Xi’an, where you can see how great Tang Dynasty is. Of course Terracotta Warriors as well, which is truly a miracle. Well, I would pray, when you visit, there are not much crowds there: it’s horrible when they are fully packed.

        Hi Neal, the quotes from John Ruskin you put in your article are impressive, I do agree and actually have started practicing my trips in such a way. And I do like your writings, please keep it on.

        Enjoy your another day in China!

        Eva

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          Neal & Linda Goldstein

          Thank you Eva, and I’m glad you liked the John Ruskin quotes. Thanks also for the suggestion on the Shanxi History Museum. We’ll try to get to it when we are Xi’an. It was great meeting you and I hope some day we’ll get to meet up again on our travels.

          So far we love China. We just took a bullet train from Shanghai to Hangzhou, and it was definetky the best train trip so far. We look forward to our overnight from Xi’an to Beijing.

          Take care,
          Neal & Linda

  9. Debbie Severson

    I truly enjoyed being your Wingz driver and have never been so enthralled driving a client to the airport. The time flew by and I look forward to reading more about your travels on your blog. I’m so glad I met you.

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      Neal & Linda Goldstein

      Hi Debbie
      I really enjoyed meeting and talking to you as well. I liked hearing about the many things that you are involved in, and wish you much luck. I hope our paths cross again when I am in Scottsdale.
      Linda

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