Why I Stayed Longer in Barcelona, Spain
January is almost over and my year started differently than expected. I took off for Spain at the end of December believing I will be back in 5 days. My list of things that needed to be done at home was countless. Instead, I stayed in Barcelona for almost a month.
It’s quite well known I am a planner. I plan anything and everything I can. As much as I love spontaneity, I can really relate to John Gielgud, who once said: “I am all in favour of spontaneity, providing it is carefully planned and ruthlessly controlled.” All jokes aside, I believe we must strive to have both. A flexible plan with space for spontaneous decisions. But while I aim for that, I too often put more focus on the first part.
Gaudi’s architecture in Park Guell, Bracelona
When my trip in Barcelona was about to end, I was offered an opportunity I didn’t see coming – to stay as a volunteer and work for the best hostel chain out there (shoutout to my H1 FAM!). Read More
Complete Guide to Lisbon, Portugal
I first visited Lisbon back in 2017 and immediately knew I wanted to move there. Although I could barely catch a glimpse of it during my long layovers, I was in awe with everything. Not even all those hilly, winding streets could put me off!
In November I got to spend a week in the capital of Portugal. While this may sound a lot to some (Lisbon can be seen in 3 days), I could easily extend my stay for longer. It is impossible to run out of things to do in Lisbon and as a food lover, I was in complete heaven.
In this post, I will cover everything from what to see, where to eat and where to stay. Read More
Northern Ireland in 48 Hours
Northern Ireland is well known for its natural beauty. Celtic ruins are perched along the coast, green river valleys spread all around, and cities come with a rich history. Although Northern Ireland has a lot to offer, you can still squeeze all the main sights in two days, which makes it perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
TIP: If you cannot fly into Belfast directly, look into Dublin. The bus from there takes 2 hours and costs €10 one way.
Below you can find a list of places that you simply have to visit.
The Dark Hedges
The avenue lined with beech trees twisted branches forming an arch over the road is mostly famous for its short appearance in S2 of the widely popular Game of Thrones. Can you see the similarity with the King’s Road?
What most don’t know, though, is that the trees are dying. Normally beech trees live around 250 years and these ones were planted 240 years ago. Feel free to use this information as an excuse to visit Northern Ireland asap.
How Much We Spent in Scotland
This summer we planned to explore Sri Lanka. Suddenly the prices went up and we gave up on that idea. As soon as we booked some low-fare tickets to Edinburgh, Turkish Airlines started having a sale for Asian destinations. Since Scotland has been on Jure’s list for the longest time and I couldn’t really remember much for my first trip there (don’t blame me – the last Harry Potter book was published just a day before we departed), it seemed like the right choice.
Because we were traveling during the high-season, the prices are not as low as we would have wanted. This is why we tried to do our best to keep the costs down by occasionally using couchsurfing and also cooking our own food.
Below you can find information on how much the whole trip (10 full days) cost us. Please note that I first write down the price we paid together and then calculate how much it was per person.
Car and transport
Rent for 8 days (full-insurance included): €201.00
Bus from and to the airport: £15 (€16.85)
Fuel: £122.79 (€137.94)
Parking: £2.20 (€2.47)
Expenses per person: €179.13
Car expenses were quite low this time. We rented our car on the second day in the city centre (10 minutes away from where we were staying) and returned it 8 days later at the same spot. Read More
My Experience of a 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Course in Slovenia
Imagine having a very limited space for moving for 10 days. Now add several strict rules to the mix. Many believe meditation can be nothing but relaxing, but I have tested that theory recently during a 10-day meditation course in Slovenia and have to disagree. Although my meditation course was happening in a beautiful hotel, it felt nothing like joyous vacations. Instead, I returned home feeling exhausted and broken. But do I regret it? Absolutely not.
I have first heard of Vipassana three years ago. Like many others, I have always dreamed of doing a meditation retreat somewhere in Asia. Eat, Pray, Love might have something to do with that… But every time I saw one being organized, the expenses were insane. Read More