24h in Dublin

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I am back with more city break series! This time it’s Dublin time. If you have been around for a bit you probably know my boyfriend is Irish, so I go to Ireland quite a lot to visit him. As both of us are studying and working we don’t have all the time or budget of the world so if we visit a city or village, we try to make the most out of it! I personally LOVE Dublin and I am really looking forward to graduating and moving there permanently, I love the atmosphere it has and the people. It is a city but it really has this village vibe to it that I absolutely adore.

Like in every other city break I’ve done I will be listing the different attractive and must-sees of the place and I will add a couple of pictures so you get a better idea of what the place is like. I will not talk about pubs and nightlife on this post because I am planning on doing a more extended and detailed version of it pretty soon. Enjoy! 馃檪

  1. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is one of my favorite cathedrals, it聽has been part of Ireland鈥檚 history for over 800 years and today is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Dublin. It was built in honour of Ireland鈥檚 patron saint between 1220 and 1260.聽I can’t stress enough how much I love this cathedral, it is absolutely stunning, I can proudly say I have visited it more than 5 times and I don’t get tired of it.聽

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  2. Trinity College. It is my dream college if I have to be honest.聽The campus itself is a masterpiece and it is all beautifully preserved. The architecture dates from the 18th and 19th century. One of my favorite things is the library, it is absolutely incredible and breathtaking.

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  3. Museums. The art gallery, archeological and natural museum are a must, I also recommend visiting the IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) if you are an art junkie like I am. Incredible masterpieces are in there and every time I visit it my little art fangirl comes out. 馃檪

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  4. Guinness Storehouse. I think it’s one of the most visited attractions in Dublin, everybody is obsessed with Guinness (me included) and fun fact, most Irish I have known don’t even like it that much which I think it is pretty funny. As a beer lover that I am, I had so much fun in there. You can see the different steps to create the beer and then the brewery also has a gravity bar where you can see the whole city of Dublin (pretty amazing).

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  5. Christ Church. This church is Dublin’s聽oldest building. It was renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, it is home to the famous 12th Century crypt. You may think it is not that incredible because of the exterior, as if you compare this church with others from different destinations of the world it may not be the prettiest outside but on the inside is incredible.聽

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Other places that may be interesting depending on your interests can be the Dublin Castle or the city hall, also the Ha’penny Bridge is a must, but I just wanted to list down the most important attractions in my opinion. Dublin is a really small city, as I have mentioned before so you can get pretty much everywhere walking. The streets are incredibly cute and you can always discover new places!聽


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Grateful: Countries I Have Visited Until Now

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I have a different type of post today. i was feeling really grateful and nostalgic, and I thought I would just write a post.聽
I have always loved travelling, and I have been really lucky to have the parents I have, as they have given me a lot of opportunities to explore the world and get to know different countries and cities.

The other day I was going through my memory box, and I realised I had a lot of tickets, boarding passes amongst others from several countries, and I started to count. Up until now, I have visited 15 different countries, and some of them, multiple times. Keep in mind I am only 19 years old. I felt really proud and grateful that I had the chance to visit all of those places in such a short amount of time.聽

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Why was I feeling grateful? Well, as I have said before, I am grateful because I have parents that have let me explore the world, with them and by myself. Because I have been lucky enough to be able to afford to travel. Because I have been able to learn and understand different views, different beliefs.

I just feel grateful for my life and all the opportunities that have come with it.

In the future I hope to discover new destinations and travel way more, and hopefully I get to travel Asia, as I have never visited.

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Spain

Portugal

France (Twice)

Italy

Vatican City (is officially a country)

Ireland (Three times)

Northern Ireland (Seven times going to eight!)

England (Twice)

The Netherlands

Germany

Denmark

Czech Republic

Austria

Hungary

United States (Twice)


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Afford to travel

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Today I am writing about something that I get asked a lot, how do you afford to travel being a student?聽Well… people expect answers like “oh, it is actually really hard, I work 4 jobs to afford my flights and accommodations…” FALSE.
I would like to start off by saying that yes, I am a student, so that’s why I don’t do super long trips and most of them are in Europe (which is cheaper than if I went to other places), I am in the middle of my semester so I can’t just go away for a month to Bali and then come back, that is simply not possible for me.

  • Where does my money come from?聽

Not surprising, I work. I’ve been working since I was 16 (I’m 19 now) so it’s no surprise to me to realize that if you want to do something, you can’t always depend on your parents, they are not a money machine, they work hard for their money, not so you can just spoil yourself.
If you can’t work because you feel you can get all stressed out mixing uni and a job, you can always get an internship. Internships are a great way to get experience on the field you want to focus on when you graduate, and also, a lot of them pay you (not a lot) enough for your stuff aka traveling in my case.

  • Goal board

I have a little board in my room where I write down which places I want to visit and an approximate price of the whole trip. Once I know that, it’s saving time. I love Starbucks, but let’s be real, 5鈧 per drink… it really makes a difference when instead of spending 5鈧 every day or week, you drink coffee at home.
Going out? Don’t spend that much per ticket and drinks.

OMG ARE YOU SAYING WE CAN’T GO OUT? No

There are some clubs that if you get in before a certain time, you get in for free. Drinks? Drink at home, friends’ house… DO NOT SPEND 50鈧 on drinks… that’s not smart.

  • Be smart

Most of you are probably like me, students that want to see and explore our beautiful world, so don’t aim for the best. What do I mean by that? Accommodation wise, stay in hostels and Airbnb instead of hotels, restaurant wise, go to local restaurants were prices may be a little bit cheaper than more touristy places. Be wise with your money, don’t spend it on stupid things.

These are my main money sources and tips on how I afford to travel. What do you do to save up your money for your adventures?


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How to eat Vegetarian/Vegan while traveling?

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So today I am writing about how to travel when you are a vegetarian or a vegan! I am neither of those myself, although I eat a lot of vegan food and I have reduced meat a lot in my diet. A lot of people think that if you have strict diet requirements, you can’t travel or you have it super hard. Reality is, if you know what to do, it is really not that hard. Obviously it also depends on the destinations you travel too, but I can assure you that 90% of the times, you will be able to eat as you please.

  1. Be prepared and inform yourself. Some countries have different understanding on what a vegetarian or vegan is. In some asian counties, being vegetarian means you can eat chicken and fish, so make sure you know which city you are visiting, and its food costumes.聽captura-de-pantalla-2017-03-04-a-les-21-08-03
  2. Prepare it yourself. Most hostels and guest houses have kitchens, so if you are unsure that the destination you are visiting has enough vegan/vegetarian options COOK IT YOURSELF! (Obviously make sure that your hostel actually has a kitchen though…) You just have to make sure that you know where the grocery stores are and tadaaaa you can be a Masterchef. 馃檪
  3. Choose the dishes wisely. I know in most restaurants you can customize your food aka “Oh sorry could I get this salad but without tomatoes?” BUT while choosing your food, make sure that you don’t come out as TOO PICKY. If you want to order a salad for example, do not go for the cheese and chicken salad and then start to ask the waiter to take the cheese, the chicken, the mayo… Get dishes that you can customize easily without getting the impression that you are basically a picky eater.聽Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset
  4. Plan. As a vegetarian or vegan, the chances are that you can’t eat wherever you want. Most restaurants, depending on the destination will probably not have vegan option or things that you can actually eat so make sure that you google some places before traveling so you kinda know where you can eat.聽captura-de-pantalla-2017-03-04-a-les-20-54-38
  5. Airplane food. Most food sold in airplanes are not vegetarian or vegan so pack your own food before traveling, and you can eat it after. Most airports let you board certain foods so make sure you are informed and know which ones you can actually bring with you!

So here are my tips on how to travel if you are vegetarian or vegan!


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24h in Belfast

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So if you have been following my blog, you know that I’ve spent this week in Belfast! I was there visiting my boyfriend so I was not completely focused in visiting historical places or museums as I would have if I was by myself.

Anyways, I’ve decided to write down all the things you can actually do in Belfast in just 24h, following my series I started out with Copenhagen 馃檪 Hope you enjoy!

For those of you who don’t know, Belfast is in Northern Ireland, UK, so if you go anywhere in Belfast and you see the Union Jack, don’t freak out (I’ve met people that were kinda confused by the flag and everything, that’s why I am clarifying). Anyways, the city is pretty small so if you are just staying there for a full day, you can pretty much see all of it, or at least, the most important things.

I started off with Queens University, that’s where my boyfriend studies so I thought it would be logic to see where he was going. You guys, that university is GORGEOUS! It kinda reminded me of Hogwarts if I have to be honest, so I got all excited for that (I love Harry Potter, just in case you didn’t know). I spent all day being jealous of him because my university is not near as gorgeous as his… After that we just walked around the Botanic Garden, it is pretty small but it’s absolutely adorable. It is really nice if you just want to walk around, or just sit down and talk a bit.

If you like museums, there’s Ulster museum right in Botanic. It is the largest museum in Northern Ireland, and you can find art, archeology, zoology and biology collections amongst others.

After that, it takes about 10 minutes to get to the City Hall, the building itself is just amazing, and it is right in the city center so it’s surrounded by loads of shops and restaurants. Victoria Square is pretty close to it so if you want to spend one or two hours shopping, that is the place.

Going back to the cultural visit. I recommend going to the Titanic museum. I’ve always been really interested on that so I was over the moon when I visited it. And to finish it off you can always go to the Belfast Cathedral if you really feel like it. But once again, if you don’t really like cultural visits you can just skip it! It depends on your interests. 馃檪

Some people say Belfast is not the cutest city, but to be honest, I quite liked it, it has this hipsters vibe to it and it’s full of students so the atmosphere is great! I’ll make a separate post on where to go out in Belfast (probably next week!) 馃檪

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How to decide what to pack

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So today I am writing about packing up for a trip. Every time I travel, I get asked the same question: How do you know what do you have to pack? I always struggle and end up overpacking.

Well, the answer is pretty simple, you have to know where you are going and what you are planning to do. I’ve summed up my tips in 5 different points that I think may be helpful for those who struggle with packing for a trip.

  • WEATHER. This is like my number 1 tip just because it’s too important to just forget about it! It may seem really obvious to some of you, but believe me when I tell you that some people is surprised when I tell them to look up the weather.
    Always check the weather to see if it may rain, be sunny, windy.. you never know, so make sure you are aware of the average temperatures and weather conditions of the place you visit. Sometimes you don0t need to do a lot of research to know the weather.For example, I am going to Belfast on Monday, you don’t have to be a genius to get to the conclusion that it will be cold and it will probably rain. This is obvious because of the destination, but other places may be really variable so make sure you know the weather before packing.

  • ACTIVITIES. That’s why I have said it’s important to know what you are going to do. If you go somewhere because you want to walk or hike, it’s obvious that you MUST NEVER wear heels, platforms, sandals… but if you are going to a city, and you know that you just walk like you normally do, then wear shoes that you know you’ll be comfy in.For example, I live in Barcelona, and I’ve spent all day in platforms, it doesn’t bother me, so again, if I go to Belfast on Monday, I know I can handle my platforms, so I could wear that if I wanted to.

  • MIX & MATCH. Well… I have this one really easy, because my closet is full of basics and same colored shirts, but! it doesn’t make it less important. Make sure you bring clothes with you that match between them. If you stay for a long period of time in a place, you can just mix and match your clothing 聽options and look like you are wearing a completely different outfit, when you have literally just changed your shirt, shoes and accessories. It may sound stupid, but it is SO helpful.

  • OPTIONS. Don’t bring just casual clothes, you never know if you’ll have an event or you will go out (unless you are actually just going to that place for that certain event, then just skip this step). Make sure you have different options, I have a couple of shirts that depends on what I am wearing with, they look casual or dressy. You just need o know which are those clothes and how you can make the most use out of them! 馃檪

  • CHECK LIST. I always worry too much about my clothes and then I forget about the most obvious things like hairbrush, toothbrush… and then I have to spend money buying another one while I travel (I’m that smart…).

SO! Hopefully this post was helpful to those of you who need a little help with packing!

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6 Reasons To Travel Solo

1755af61fd5c60a5f39455001e9cdf9fHello beautiful people from the Internet!

I wanted to share my 6 reason to traveling solo with you today. As I have mentioned in previous posts, London is the first city I’ve traveled completely by myself. It was weird at first, but then I started to really REALLY like it.

I decided to travel to London by myself basically because anyone else was able to. Our schedules didn’t match, they didn’t have the money/didn’t want to spend money or they didn’t want to come… so! I decided to go there anyways.
If I have to be honest, I was quite nervous. You never know what you can encounter during your trip, so this was the only thing it was making me stress a bit.

I was in a nice area, so it wasn’t super dangerous or anything like that. The mobility through the city was super easy, and I had a tube stop two minutes away from my hostel, so it’s not like I was lost in the middle of nowhere for 4 days, or took me forever to get to the centre of London.

Now that I’ve introduced you my first solo experience I want to share my reasons (learnt everything in 4 days!) on why you should travel alone, ENJOY!

  • TRIP PLANNING.聽How many times have you had to depend on someone else to buy your plane tickets, book a hotel… I think we have all been there at some point of our lives. Let’s be real, traveling with friends or family can be fun
    , but you can’t deny that it can be also pretty stressful. You have to depend on everyone else to get their tickets, book the same hotel as you. If you don’t聽want confusions, one person is in charge of bu
    ying everything and then the rest pays them back (if they don’t “forget”), the list of things that can happen while planning a group trip is never ending. What happens when you travel by yourself?
    Well, things change A LOT. If you see an offer online, you can go ahead and book it. You choose the destination, the hostel/hotel, the area you want to stay in, your budget… We could say you have total control of everything, it is soooooo much easy.
  • CONFIDENCE. This experience it has made me have more confidence in myself. Why? Well, I’ve seen that I am capable of moving around a city I’m not familiar with by myself, with no help. I that made me realize that I do not need someone by my side telling me where to go or what to do. It feels really good to know that you can rely on yourself to do things you like and want to do! 馃檪
  • BUDGET. Money is pretty important. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again. I am a student, I don’t make a lot of money, so I can’t just go spending the little I have on stupid things every single day. When you go with more people, maybe someone wants to go to an expensive place to eat, want to visit something and the tickets for that are crazy expensive (let’s admit it, usually touristy things are really expensive). If you travel solo, you decide what to do with your money. Is it worth it going to this expensive building? No? Then bye, let’s move on to another thing you are interested in.聽
  • FRIENDS. Traveling solo & friends. Is that even possible? YES IT IS PEOPLE. In hostels, you’ll find A LOT of people that are just like you, solo. In there, most people are pretty friendly and social, so it’s really easy to make new friends. Don’t be scared to talk to people, probably they want to talk to you too and maybe they don’t know how to start a conversation.
  • ITINERARY & TIMING. Each person has different interests so when you travel as a group, you have to take into account every interest of every person, and try to visit and do what everybody wants. This can sometimes create arguments, misunderstandings and confusions. Does that happen when you travel alone? NOPE.聽Your interests are the only ones that matter. If you love museums, maybe you want to spend 4h in one, and then just want to walk by the churches without getting in, who knows right?聽
  • SATISFACTION. Do you need to feel guilty if you want to sleep in? If you just want to sit down and chill in a park? If you want to stop and get some food? NO. Why? Because the only person that needs to feel happy is YOU. It may sound kind of selfish and self-centered, but you need to understand that your happiness is important, and that you can do whatever and whenever you want without feeling guilty because someone else wanted to wake up early and walk around the whole city or because they were not hungry so they did not want to waste time in a caf茅 if you could just visit other things.Processed with VSCO with se3 preset 

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