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Keep Looking Back at 2014? Look Forward to 2015!

Keep Looking Back at 2014? Look Forward to 2015!

As we usher in a new year, shake off the inevitable hangovers, grimace at our waistlines and look ahead at the year to come, many of us also look back on the previous year.  We assess our achievements, successes, adventures and the missed opportunities.   2014 was my second full year living in Barcelona.  I had some definite highs and some real ‘kick you in the crotch’ lows, all of which I have learned from.  I am older, hopefully wiser (or…

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Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

There are many simple pleasures in life, that don’t require any technology, hard work or complicated designs.  And for me, most of these can be found through travelling.  I was planning to just do a top 5 list but there are just too many pleasurable aspects to travel!  The sheer joy of discovering something new, leaving your daily grind back in the city, and breathing fresh air somewhere else….. just get me on a plane! 1. The moment you get…

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Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I am a fan of social networks as a way of meeting people and doing things I might not normally do.  So, feeling a little restless and in need of adventure I decided to get back on the Meetup wagon as I hadn’t done anything with them for a while.  After browsing the meetups on offer I selected one from the aptly named Enjoy Barcelona & Catalonia group.  The group’s organiser…

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What is the Best Thing about Solo Travel?

What is the Best Thing about Solo Travel?

As I sip my glass of white wine out of a plastic cup I gaze around at my surroundings.  A pop-up bar along the banks of the Danube, made up of an old camper van, pallet furniture, and a couple of hammocks, it also boasts recycling for our cups, and a banging stereo system propped up on the bar.  Chatting with my fellow party goers who I only met a couple of hours before, it all feels slightly surreal.  But…

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What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

The world is full of adventurous souls, discovering new and exciting lands every day, and many of these travellers are doing it solo.  Going it alone can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it is not without its trials and tribulations.  So what is the worst thing about solo travel? For me, it is dining alone.  I can go to a museum, visit a monument, wander around a city to my heart’s content; all quite happily by myself.  However,…

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My Head in the Clouds: Spectacular Views of Barcelona

My Head in the Clouds: Spectacular Views of Barcelona

I love a beautiful view.  Nothing makes me happier than gazing at scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see; it gives me an amazing sense of freedom and relaxation, a feeling that all is right with the world.  Add to that clear blue skies and my blissful smile gets just a little bit wider.  So when I was feeling particularly blue myself one weekend I wondered what would pull me out of my metaphysical funk and give…

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My Top 10 Travel Tips

My Top 10 Travel Tips

In my years of travelling, and working in hotels, and having so many frustrating moments of ‘oh crap why did I do that??’  I have learned a few tricks along the way that help make your oh so stressful journey just a little more enjoyable.  Some may be obvious, some maybe not, but these have become my Golden Travel Rules!  What do you think, are there any I have missed? 1.  Take earplugs with you, wherever you travel.  They are…

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The One Year Itch? Or just another mosquito bite?

The One Year Itch? Or just another mosquito bite?

It has occurred to me that my last couple of posts seem to be moaning about a lot of things that get on my nerves.  I hope you don’t think I’m ranting about everything and hating Barcelona because that really isn’t the case – it may seem that way, but it is just these little irritations that get to me after a long day at work, or that time of the month when my hormones turn me into a raging…

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My Love Affair with Barcelona

My Love Affair with Barcelona

It all started for me when I was at University in Leeds back in 2003, and the time had come to choose our year abroad options.  I was studying French & Spanish, and for me it was an easy choice to pick Spain over France, but as for a specific location I didn’t have a clue.  It was actually my brother who suggested Barcelona, having visited there once before with friends, so it was through a combination of luck &…

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