Sri Lanka

The Surprising Place That Blew me Away

There is no doubt in my mind that Sri Lanka is a beautiful country. Ella and other cities in the hill country are known for their scenic beauty. These are usually the pictures that you see on postcards of Sri Lanka, and the postcards aren’t even as beautiful as seeing it in real life.
There is no doubt in my mind that Sri Lanka is a beautiful country. Ella and other cities in the hill country are known for their scenic beauty. These are usually the pictures that you see on postcards of Sri Lanka, and the postcards aren’t even as beautiful as seeing it in real life.

Taiwan

A Cheat Sheet to Taroko Gorge- Taiwan

Taroko Gorge should be at the top of the list for anyone visiting Taiwan. Just a two hour train ride from Taipei, you have no excuse not to visit.

My advice is to head to Hualien the day before you plan on exploring the gorge and spend the night at a hostel. This way you can get an early start to your day. There is a main street in Hualien lined with hostels so you should have no trouble finding a place. You can ask to leave your bag at the hostel for the day or- you can do what I did- just pack extra light so that everything fits into a day bag.

Umeda Sky Building
Japan

The Ultimate Bucket List for Osaka, Japan

Osaka is one of the largest cities in Japan and is located near Nara and Kyoto so it is worth spending a couple of days here to explore. From Osaka it is even possible to do day trips to Nara and Kyoto.

Osaka is most known for its modern city scape, vibtrant nightlife and amazing street food. There is a lot do explore in this city but make sure to add the following to your bucket list;

Japan

A Guide to Exploring Charming Nara on Foot

Nara is a very rare city where you can escape the big city lights and get a real feel for traditional Japan. On top of that, you can walk around here with wild deer! The deer in Nara are sacred and highly respected. The deer are comfortable walking around the city- and it will only be minutes after you exit the train station and are greeted by these friendly animals.

Spain

13 Places not to Miss in Barcelona

Barcelona is a sexy city rich in history, art and culture. It also has a fun side with beaches, shopping and amazing food and drink to enjoy. You will never want to sleep in this city because just as you think your exciting day spent exploring is winding down, the city is coming alive. Barcelona is always bustling but I found that it really came to life at night.

Gaudi Park. Barcelona
Spain

Gaudi! Gaudi Gaudi! The Best in Barcelona ​

Before I visited Barcelona I didn’t know much about Antoni Gaudí. Little did I know that this Catalan architect’s work would make my whole trip to Barcelona unforgettable. I fell in love with the architecture- or what I like to call architecture (it is often hard to decide if he is more of an artist or an architect).

A trip to Barcelona isn’t complete without visiting a few of Gaudi’s sites that are so iconic to this city. None of them will disappoint but in case you don’t believe me here is some information on his best works.

Let Loose

What it’s Like to Attend Running of the Bulls in Spain

The most famous place for tourists to see the running of the bulls- and even join it- is in Pamplona Spain. Not many people know that this festival is actually held at many cities around the country.

I went to one that was completely off of the beaten path. In fact- I didn’t meet a single other person who spoke English. I was very fortunate because I went with my Spanish friend and stayed with her family in the town of San Sebastián de los Reyes- a municipality of Madrid. This is what went down…

Waitomo Caves
New Zealand

Waitomo Cave

When I signed up to go black water rafting on the North Island of New Zealand I honestly had no idea what to expect. Like you- I thought that it would be similar to white water rafting but maybe more intense? I soon found out that this adventure activity unlike anything that I had anticipated- in fact, there was no rafting whatsoever.