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A plea ... help me salvage (current) trip

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I'm on week 2 of a 6-week trip, traveling solo. First week was in week in Berlin; I'm currently in Prague. I am scheduled to spend another few days here and then the plan was Kraków, Budapest, Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Barcelona. I was to fly from Budapest to Madrid on June 14 and return from Barcelona to US June 30.

Two things are going on. First, I'm having pain in both shins/ankles from walking. I've never had this condition before, but it's enough of an issue that I need to lay off the walking for awhile. Second, the weather here hasn't been good - cold, overcast, windy and rainy. It's just short of miserable for someone from Los Angeles and especially so for me, who needs to wear a sweater if it's below 74 degrees. I've bought a warm fleece and a windbreaker/waterproof jacket, but honestly, I'm not enjoying myself.

Looking at the rest of this trip, I decided I've got to change course, even though it will be expensive and I'll have limited options because I'm making arrangements at the 11th hour. My primary goal is to give my ankles a good rest before Spain. But I also want to enjoy the precious time I have in pleasant weather.

The first thing I plan to do is scrap Kraków (eating 6 nights of non-refundable hotel accommodations). The second thing I'm doing is inquiring whether my Budapest hotel can take me 6 days early. While I'll have to walk in Budapest, at least it will be warm and I'll lose less $. I'll just scale back on my itinerary.

If the Budapest hotel can't take me early, I think I have to scrap both locations, as I can't think of a place I could go that's a reasonable distance between Prague and Budapest that would be warm enough and quiet enough that I could lay on a beach or by a pool and try to recover. (I've had no time to research, having decided 15 minutes ago that I need to bite the bullet and make some changes. And at this point, I've got the Internet and you....)

If Budapest works out and I can move my stay up by 6 days, that will leave me with roughly a week before Spain. I was thinking of going to Begur (or somewhere else on Costa Brava) or Nice/Cote d'Azure for the week between Budapest and Spain. (If the Budapest hotel can't move me up, I may well be looking at 2 weeks to fill before Spain.)

I was just in Nice last year, but I loved it, it's flat, and it would be easy b/c it's familiar. I know the beaches aren't great for lounging or walking b/c of the rocks, however. I don't know enough about the rest of the area to know whether there are other good base city options.

Begur looks stunning and it has the huge advantage of being in the same country as the balance of my trip, but I'm wondering if it's so quiet that being there alone for a week (or perhaps 2) would drive me a bit nuts. I'm unfamiliar with other areas on Costa Brava, but open to ideas.

Anyone willing to take this mess?

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