Berlin: the Cold War in 10 stops

I was 13 when the Berlin Wall came down. While I was counting the minutes to the next break, my history teacher went on about “big changes” and “huge impacts”! 28 years later, I find myself at the the Brandenburg Gate, ready to explore the most famous Cold War locations in Berlin. Are you joining me? 1. Tränenpalast Right next to the Berlin Friedrichstrasse railway station lies what was one of the main border crossings from the GDR into West Berlin: the Tränenpalast or Continue Reading

Blissful days in Palma de Mallorca

“You’re going to Mallorca? You? Really?” That’s the reaction I got from most of my friends. Can’t blame them really. I usually tend to go for more adventurous or exotic locations than that, but sometimes a girl is simply in need of some summer sun. A cheap flight to Palma de Mallorca seemed like the perfect medicine to escape the changeable Irish weather! Looking to spend a few days in Palma too? Let me guide you through some of my best moments in and around the city and discover the Continue Reading

Waterproof gear for walking in Ireland

I think I’m done with the sofa I think I’m done with the hall I think I’m done with the kitchen table, baby Let’s go outside (let’s go outside) In the sunshine I know you want to, but you can’t say yes Let’s go outside (let’s go outside) In the moonshine Take me to the places that I love best (Let’s Go Outside, George Michael) The days are getting longer, the rain is getting warmer, it’s time to go outside!!! I live in Ireland and refuse to let Continue Reading

Once upon a time in Italy…

The sun is setting behind the Ligurian Alps as I call it a day and sip from my freshly-made Aperol Spritz accompanied by a free aperitivo. It’s early March and Spring is about to arrive in the hilltop village of Pigna. A labyrinth of winding, narrow lanes and steep steps leads up to the historic centre and church. No supermarkets or high street chains here, instead two small “alimentari” and a handful of local restaurants advertising whatever it is they have on the menu today. Continue Reading

A practical guide to the Maya ruins of Mexico

Did you know that there are over 20 Maya sites in Mexico?  That’s right, one of the world’s biggest civilizations ever definitely left its mark in Mexico! The majority of the sites can be found in the states of Yucatán and Chiapas, making it easy for travellers to go on a Maya exploration spree. Some of these sites can simply not be missed, like Chichen Itza or Palenque, but make sure you explore a few of the lesser known ones as well. They actually turned out to be my favourites! Below Continue Reading

The various faces of Mexico City

I have a thing for big cities; a thing for organised chaos and for places that might seem daunting at first. “Cairo? Loved it! Los Angeles? Much better than San Francisco!” So it’s no wonder that the huge metropolis of Mexico City and I hit it off! From the moment I surfaced from the metro station onto the Zócalo, I felt “yep, this is going to be my kind of place!” But the city is big: you’ve got the historic centre, the skyscrapers, the village neighbourhoods, … So where should Continue Reading

Into the heart of Iceland- a tale of angry nature and herrings

I had the chance to tour Iceland for two weeks in 2016 and discovered a country steeped in culture and tradition.  From angry volcanoes to small, once booming, fishing towns: join me on a trip to some of the small museums in Iceland and discover the personal stories behind some of Iceland’s most important events.  Eyjafjallajökull visitor centre It’s cold but sunny as I pull over at the Eyjafjallajökul visitor centre, about 7 km outside Skógar. Nothing reminds me of the Continue Reading

The traditional side of Hong Kong

Hong Kong: a city of skyscrapers and endless shopping possibilities. A place where every square metre comes at an exorbitant price and where a constant stream of pedestrians is battling to cross the road 24 hours a day. People looking for Asian mystic and traditions have no place in Hong Kong. Or do they? I wanted to know if there were still any traditional remains left in what is known as one of the most modern Asian metropolises. I’m glad to say, there are. Welcome to traditional Hong Continue Reading

The best day hikes in Hong Kong

Forget the steel skyscrapers, the huge crowds and endless shopping centres. The outdoors is where it’s at in Hong Kong! There are endless hiking opportunities around the city that’ll give you the impression of being in a totally different place! The best time for hiking is October through to May.  Trust me, you don’t want to be huffing and puffing in the heat and humidity of the summer months! So put on your hiking boots and off we go for some of the best day hikes in Hong Kong! 1. Continue Reading

Eating my way around Hong Kong

“I promise, if you are still hungry after this food tour, you can ask my boss for a refund” says Jacky. Together with 8 other food enthusiasts, I have decided to join a Hong Kong Food Tour with Eating Adventures.  I could do with some insight to be honest, so far I haven’t ventured further than wonton noodles and dumplings and as tasty as they might be, I am looking forward to having a real local Hongkonger show me around the vast array of possibilities and cuisines. To wet our appetite, Continue Reading