Our International 25th Birthday International Issue has made our wanderlust grow legs.  We keep seeing things, keep wanting to scratch our itchy feet.

Today we’re looking at photographer Angie Lazaro‘s trip out of South Africa for the winter. Angie went to sunny Spain and came home with this eye fest.

Angie said she sensed this trip was going to be different and went armed with a guidebook, her ancestry and Ernest Hemingway’s e-book The Sun Also Rises written in 1929 (about Pamplona’s running with the bulls).

“Traveling in our hired car we left Barcelona and found our way through a picturesque country filled with historic towns. I never once put down my camera as we explored Sos del Rey Católico in the province of Zaragoza and into Basque’s Olite, Vitoria and Bilbao.”

“This is a land where architects are celebrated, each new structure is a masterpiece, take Frank O. Gehry’s post structuralist style in the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and then to see his distinctive design at Marqués de Riscal wine estate, in Rioja and of course the Rioja wines, another experience to celebrate.”

“With culture and history come the festivals, and the most famous is San Fermín (the running of the bulls – the Enciero) in Pamplona. We were dressed in white with the traditional red scarf and sash. The first bull run of the week long celebration happens at 8am, where testosterone congregates in the narrow streets as the bulls chase the crowd – people get trampled, knocked over and some get ‘corneado’ (horn injury).”

“We didn’t join that lot, though, but we lapped up the festivities and continuous party. Once we recovered we headed for the CostaBrava, Catalonia. We went beach hopping starting at Cadaqués and going southward.”

“Imagine swimming in the azure Mediterranean with the historic 12th century Tossa de Mar castle on the highest point. We, of course, ate our way around the country feasting on several courses of croquetas, jamón, chorizo, paella, fabada, tortilla de patata, sardines, pinxos, turrón and tapas.”

Posted by Gera Smuts