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My only regret in life is that I won’t live long enough to see all the places I’ve always wanted to see.
For the past 10 years, my life has been revolving around studies and work. One day I hope travelling will move up on the list of priorities. Now I make the most of those 33 days of freedom per year.

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Goodbye New York

It was always going to be a day of farewells and (happy) endings. 31st of December was our last day in New York and we decided to leave with the best possible view in our memories. Because we are both creatures of habit, once again the day started with bagels and a wonderfully perfect flat white from Stumptown. Good cup of coffee used to be something I could not have imagined my morning without. A big bonus of flying west is that mornings are your best time of the day. Even after over 7 days in the States, I still would wake up around 5 and enjoy my early morning, watching the city come to life through a window. Around 7 we would leave our hotel and walk 2 blocks to Stumptown. On this last day I treated this as a ritual. I took it slowly, took my time to take pictures and enjoyed the frosty air. One “the usual for you guys?” breakfast order later, we were on our way to the Rockefeller Centre to …

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Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats

Everybody here wanted something more Searching for a sound we hadn’t heard before And it said Welcome to New York It’s been waiting for you Welcome to New York Welcome to New York Welcome to New York I may be slightly repetitive, but there was something absolutely enthralling about waking up still slightly jet lagged at 5 AM in our small room in Manhattan and planning a day ahead in New York City, still in darkness as J would happily sleep until late (here: 6.30AM). I’m not sure if I’ve talked about it here before, but I’m a bit of an obsessive planner when it comes to travelling. As much as 50% of my pleasure from visiting a new place comes from making it my own by reading about its history, stories and finding out the best spots to eat, stay, walk and play. This was our second last day in the city. Overwhelmed with choice, as always, we thought that rather than try to fit in as many new places to discover as possible, we …

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NYC Part 6 : Central Park, Soho and East Village

When I visit a new city for longer than just a few days there is usually a point when I run out of ideas of what to do. It would be a sin to say that there is nothing to do in NYC, but too much choice sometimes is worse than no choice at all. On our 7th day in the city however, we still didn’t see one of the biggest attractions – The Central Park. I mean, we did visit Central Park on Christmas Eve but the weather was awful and I didn’t see much. So the plan for our 7th day was to walk up the 5th avenue all the way to Central Park and then in the afternoon to find a few iconic foodie places around town. Do you know how I knew it was going to be a good day? Two reasons: the sun was out and J found the most incredible and at the same time the most ordinary bagel place. We were getting fed up with breakfast from the …

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Alternative guide to Edinburgh

After you’ve seen the castle and walked down the Royal Mile it’s time to get to know the other side of Edinburgh. Truth be told, it had not always been the pleasant and family friendly city we find it today and you will not find much street art on its sandstone town houses. But don’t despair, there’s still plenty to do.  The Scottish capital has so much more to offer than just tartan, bagpipes and haggis (local delicacy).  With its curious mix of medieval and classical architecture, rich cafe and restaurant culture, mountains and sea, Edinburgh will please and surprise most visitors and it simply is a great place to live in. It can be easily explored by just by walking around at a strolling pace. See Edinburgh New Town It’s geometrical, it’s beautifully built and it’s a UNESCO site. Here is a short story about New Town: in medieval Edinburgh rich people and poor people used to live in the same buildings perched along the Royal Mile, which extends from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood …

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New York – Part 3

You can catch up on my previous posts about NYC below: First Impressions from NYC Part 1 – First night in the city and Christmas Eve in the Met and West Village Part 2 – A bit of a surprise in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Christmas Day, two starving people and a banned film. We started the day with a cup of the gorgeous Stumptown coffee (which was only one block away from our hotel) and tried to look for a place for breakfast. As we were about to cross the street, I looked left and I saw the Flatiron. I completely didn’t expect to see it that day so I had a bit of an NYC moment. I waited for the yellow taxi to drive past me, for the white man (not green) to appear on the other side of the road, I looked at the water tower on top of a nearby building and I realized that I was in New York City (I know it sounds cheesy but it was a bit …

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First impressions from Chilean Patagonia

Edinburgh, Barcelona, Zurich, São Paulo, Santiago, Puerto Montt and finally Punta Arenas. This was our journey to the very southern tip of South America. And every minute of this 21h journey was worth it.  Patagonia welcomed us with rain and wind, as I expected. Why would I want to go on my first holidays of this year to such a cold and remote place? After months of studying and worrying about my final exams (which I passed, hooray!) I wanted to spend time simply. To wake up, put my backpack on and walk all day. Pitch a tent, crawl into a sleeping bag and listen to the wind as I fall asleep. To think about nothing but putting one foot in front of another and look up to see condors circling the snowy mountain peaks. This is what Patagonia delivered. Solitude, silence, incredible views and windy nights. I had time to think to look around me and unplug from the world for 5 long days and 4 nights. As soon as I woke up I …

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New York – Part 1

Good news, friends. The New York diaries are about to be published, almost three months after I set foot in the land of dreams and the city that never sleeps. Brace yourself for two weeks and countless photos from New York City. This trip was completely unplanned. As some of you may remember, I won a prize on twitter from Skyscanner for a trip to NYC. The only thing I did was click “retweet” on one of their tweets and a couple of days later I was a lucky winner of tickets and a couple of nights in a hotel in the city I never thought I would have a chance to visit. I never believe in that kind of competitions, but I am a living proof that it’s possible to win! So thanks a million to Skyscanner for allowing me to tick another place off from my bucket list. Now, since by that time J used most of his annual leave, we had two choices: go to NYC for a long weekend, or go …

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Winter walk in the Pentlands

[vc_row type=”in_container” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” bottom_padding=”4%”][vc_column][vc_column_text] Winter walk in the Pentlands When we first moved to Edinburgh I used to live in a neighbourhood called Marchmont – a part of town mostly inhabited by students and some families. After the first year we rented a small flat in the attic in Morningside, on Maxwell Street. I shared a room with my younger sister and the view from our window was looking out towards the Pentlands. Even if the pavements in Edinburgh are still dry and mornings not frosty at all, the Pentlands are usually dusted with white powder or a snowy duvet after some colder days. On Sunday we woke up early. I fried the bacon rashers and toasted some bagels while J flicked through a hill walking guide and chose a path – a loop of around 9 km through the hills. Since we were going for a long walk we shared 3 bagels between us. They tasted almost as well as in NYC. Almost. The bacon was super crispy. Our …

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Bali – map & practical information.

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]That’s a wrap for my travelogues about our trip to Bali. Here are some thoughts and practical information, hopefully useful for those who are planning to visit Indonesia. Why go to Bali? Bali can be as versatile, as touristy or virgin as you will make it. The tourist industry has discovered it a good 20 years ago, but there are still places frequented only by locals. It’s extremely easy to travel in, with tons of guest houses, hostels and home stays to choose from. What makes Bali really interesting is the mixture of cultures and religions, with Hindu, Christians and Muslims living in harmony. The vegetation is lush and gorgeous, the culture exotic and completely different to Europe, the available activities will please both active and more static travellers. For me it was a perfect starting point to travelling as we’ve never ventured outside of Europe before. I was amazed at the culture, religion, lifestyle, scenery and the range of activities available to make your travel to this other end of the world really …

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Seaweed farms

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