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 go on my very own Cold War tour of Berlin! Care to join 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 “Palace 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

Everything you need to know about working in a hostel

“So, what are you going to do during your career break”? my boss asks me on my last day. “ I’m heading off to Albania to work in a hostel” The look on his face speaks volumes. “OK, there are two things I don’t understand in that sentence. First, you are going to work? And second: in Albania?!” I laugh, but I’ve never been more excited! I’d been wanting to travel long-term for a while, but neither my parents, neither my bank account thought that this was an achievable idea. Continue Reading

An epic roadtrip around Iceland

“You’re going to Iceland for two whole weeks!? What will you do there?” a colleague of mine asked. Still considered a cold and tiny island “somewhere in the sea”, few people are aware of its sheer size. You see, Iceland is not like any other country, where the main cities are connected by motorways and driving is pure bliss. No, in Iceland, prepare yourself for gravel roads, weather conditions that slow you down and the beauty of the place that will make you want to stop literally at Continue Reading

The most beautiful places to visit in Albania

There are only a few places in Europe that have managed to stay pretty much off the tourist radar. While its more famous neighbours Greece and Montenegro are already well established on the Central European tourist-trail, Albania somehow seems to have been largely forgotten. Is it Liam Neeson’s fault for trying to scaremonger us by fighting the Albanian mafia in “Taken”? Is it because the communist regime wasn’t exactly welcoming towards foreigners wanting to visit the country? Or is it Continue Reading

The most amazing things to do in Sao Miguel

Halfway between Europe and North America lie the 9 islands of the Azores. No mass tourism here, the Azores are one of the best well-kept ecotourism destinations in the world! I had the chance to visit the main island of Sao Miguel, an ideal place for slowtravel, but plenty of things to do to keep you busy! These are the main things to do in Sao Miguel: 1/ Walking Let’s face it, if you go to the Azores it’s probably because you are into nature. And what better way to truly appreciate nature 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

The diversity of Tirana: from colourful façades to ancient history

“Mëngjes?” I stutter.  The old man at “Freddy’s hostel” looks at me, surprised. “Breakfast? No, we don’t do that here, but you can get a cup of coffee if you want…” At least that’s what I think he says. Between my non-existent Albanian and his non-existent English, it’s anybody’s guess… I am in Tirana, the capital of Albania.  When I got off the bus from the airport last night, the main square was heaving with 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 one of the prettiest villages in Liguria: 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 Continue Reading

A practical guide to the Maya ruins of Mexico

Did you know that there are over 20 Mayan 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 Mayan 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