PAMPLONA, SPAIN | Valentina Duracinsky: PAMPLONA, SPAIN

September 8, 2013

PAMPLONA, SPAIN

Pamplona 1
In august, my mom and I walked from Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona. From the age of seven to ten, I lived in Pamplona and this was the first time I'd been back since then. It was quite special. I had no idea Hemingway had been there; there were so many places with references to him! it was amazing. Eating "tapas" is one of the best experiences ever; My advice? Go to Spain. Eat tapas. 
I took very little on this trip and it was marvelous. Everything I took was purely out of necessity. 

Pamplona 2 Pamplona 3 Pamplona 4 Pamplona 5
Pamplona 6 Pamplona 7 Pamplona 8 Pamplona 9 Pamplona 10 Pamplona 11
I would say the second day of walking was the best. We left from our "refuge" in Orisson at 7:30 in the morning and got to see the beautiful sunrise. There were a lot of people, and everyone goes at their own pace. My pace was that of the roadrunner's. I passed over fifteen people on my way to being #1, and walked at an average of 5.3 km/hour. I walked alone, always; sometimes listening to music (thanks for the company Thom Yorke). I know the point isn't to be first, but it was a cathartic experience. At moments I felt like Chris McCandless, in the wild. At times it was so hard going up up up and then down down doooown, but it felt amazing to push myself and to succeed. I would definitely go back to Orisson to walk that path again, it was unbelievably beautiful.

In Pamplona, we stayed with some old friends, and I got to see girls I'd gone to school with. I've seen pictures of many of the people I used to know there, and it was funny because the three I hung out with were the three that hadn't changed at all. They just got taller. It was so fun to meet up again, and not awkward at all, believe it or not. Every night we went out for tapas, hitting several bars each night, trying to find original new tapas to try...

The last day, we took a bus to Biarritz and then a train from Biarritz to Paris. We walked around a bit and even spent some time on the beach – not too long, though. It's me we're talking of, hello. Every day was different and great in its own way. It was a fantastic trip. Vx

25 comments:

Lisa Pappalardo said...

I love that photo of your mum!

xo Lisa
Making Life's Lemons

Michal said...

Oh my god!What a privilege is to travel in so many places at your age! It's fun to read your descriptions from them. Can I ask why is your dad never come with you?you're either go with your mom or with your dad..?!Hope it's not rude...
Cheers!Michal

Jennifer Phillips said...

Valentina, I absolutely love your hair, and Spain looks amazing. Thank you for you inspiration and for sharing your adventures with us. Your a very lucky girl to be able to travel internationally so easily. Your momma is beautiful.

<3 Jenn

Brittney @ True Vintage Love said...

These photos are beautiful! That is so awesome that you have gotten to travel a lot of places!

♥ Brittney @ True Vintage Love
www.truevintagelove.com

Haley said...

This makes me want to try and walk somewhere far away :)

Chestnut Mocha said...

Your hair color is gorgeous, and you make me want to be traveling again! Also, you remind me of my friend, she looks a lot alike and she lives in Russia.

KamilÄ— said...

You and your mom are both really beautiful and very alike!

Lucy Aspray said...

This looks great! Well done, I'm not sure how I would deal walking so far in Spanish heat! You've definitely got me craving tapas... :)

Lucy xo | We Resolve Blog

vivalablonda said...

I never have done something like that, but I want to! Al this sounds amazing and the photos are omg, I love the first one ;) and what you wrote about the walk is so inspiring



xx

OohJules said...

Nice post !
I love it .
have a lovely day
xx Julien

www.oohjules.com

Staci Cooper said...

these are lovely photos! glad i came across your blog!!

Nina Rachel said...

wow looks sooo amazing - we're definitely jealous!
love spain it's such a lovely country, the people are soo nice and the food is delic. ;)
enjoy it!
lots and lots of love from switzerland,
Rachel and Nina from
www.fromarmanitozurich.blogspot.com
xxx

Amanda said...

Wow this sounds likes an absolutely amazing experience!

Shandrese/ Natalia said...

lovely photos! great blog!

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Orange You Classy said...

amazing photos! spain looks fantastic

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Hannah Gottlieb-Graham said...

That's so awesome that you lived there! I lived in Portugal with my family when I was 12, and I've loved all of my returning visits since then. These photos are very special!

Xo, Hannah

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Gabriella Wolf said...

Hello dear,
would you like to follow each other's blogs on facebook and bloglovin? Btw, love your blog's design, so chic!

Best wishes,
Gabriella
http://gabriellawolf.blogspot.com/

Teffy Perk said...

I spent all of my last summer travelling around Spain with my best friend. Never had so much tapas and sangria in my life... and I still love it!

Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }

Xx

Chelsea Elizabeth said...

Oh my gosh! These photos are so absolutely stunning, they make me want to get on a plane right now! Ive never been outside the US and I want to travel soooo badly

petal and plume said...

gorgeous photos! i love traveling thru your eyes!
xx

Aline Veiga said...

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Loved your post!
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xoxo, Aline

dana dimitras said...

Very cool photos! :)

Do you want to follow each other, let me know?!

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Jessica L said...

You have just described a dream day in Spain for me! Such great photos! would have walked-run like a roadrunner too, being that I love to run and I walk too fast everyone tells me. I also love your backpack and hat! -Jessica L

Simona said...

Beautiful pictures Valentina, it had to be a great trip! :)

sundaynightpaper said...

great shots! your trip looks amazing!
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