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

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

The day Spain brought me to tears

Tears are welling up behind my dark sunglasses. Around me people are waving white handkerchiefs and the encouraging “olés” can be heard all over La Glorieta. I knew I shouldn’t have come… What was I thinking? It all started the day before, when travelling from León to Salamanca. In the bus station my attention was drawn towards the numerous posters advertising Salamanca’s “Feria Taurina” or “bullfighting festival”. I had always been curious about this Spanish tradition or 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 five most stunning white villages of Andalucia

Andalucia: a place where the sounds of guitar and flamenco still resonate, a region where the corrida (bull fighting) agitates the spirits and where the numerous religious fiestas create a never ending vibrant atmosphere. But behind these clichés lies a lesser known Andalucia. Deep within the valleys or high perched on a mountain top lie the numerous white villages of Andalucia, hidden from the madness of the coast! This is the Andalucia I love, the place I return to over and over again! This Continue Reading

How to avoid getting scammed in Morocco

I am a solo female traveller so let’s set a few things straight first: after having travelled to 4 different cities, I can truly say that Morocco is one of the friendliest and most hospitable nations I’ve travelled in! Moroccans are a traditional, respectful and good-humoured bunch! I have never felt unsafe, harassed or worse! So what about all those horror stories of being constantly ripped-off or hassled? There’s indeed no denying that there are a fair amount of touts, hustlers and 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