Sunday, 12 November 2017

Back to Pompeii, the city that found its way to be seen again

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Back to Pompeii, the city that found its way to be seen again.

When we think of Pompeii, the modern city that has grown up around those ruins covered by the lava of the Vesuvius volcano in the year 79 does not come to mind. Instead, we directly think about that city which, despite being buried for centuries, managed to find a way to resurface from those ashes and present itself again to the world. Majestic, magnanimous and imposing, this is how the ruins of Pompeii are presented to all those visitors who dare to walk on those stones which one day were its streets.

If you ever go on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, regardless of the harbour from which it departs, bear in mind the possibility of visiting Pompeii if the ship is moored in the harbour of Salerno. The harbour itself is a fairly commercial place and there is not much to see, so the best option is taking a taxi and spending the day in the ruins of Pompeii. And that was exactly what my students and I decided to do: we took some taxis that would leave us right in front of them, entered, and marvelled, once again, at their beauty.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Taormina: strolling the streets of one of Sicily's most beautiful cities

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Taormina: strolling the streets of one of Sicily's most beautiful cities.


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

This week I'm coming back with a new post about the cruise I went on with my students back in 2015 and whose first stop was Valletta, in Malta. 

The post you are going to read today is about Taormina, on the Italian island of Sicily. Our stop was actually in Messina, but we decided to book several cabs and go to Taormina.

Taormina is like a balcony leading to the sea and facing Mount Etna - hence its consideration as one of the most important touristic areas in Sicily from the 19th century. Of course, Taormina has a lot to offer in terms of cultural visits, but, since we didn't spent too many hours there, we left so many things unseen. In fact, we only had time to savour its magical streets, devour a gelato and enjoy its magnificent panoramic view of the sea, with Mount Etna in the background. Needless to say, we would have enjoyed a visit to its famous theatre as well as its well-known Arab castle, but we like to think that there will be a next time.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Harrira

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Hello everybody and welcome to the inauguration of a new blog section!

As its name indicates, this section is going to contain vegan recipes... I know this is not purely related to travels, but a country's cuisine is part of its cultural background and it's therefore something you can learn from when travelling.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Valletta: baroque architecture in Malta's capital city

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Valletta: baroque architecture in Malta's capital city.

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog!

This week I'm coming with a new series about a cruise that I went on with my students back in 2015. This was their end-of-year trip and, as their homeroom teacher, it was amazing to be part of it and go on this wonderful trip with them.

The upcoming posts are all going to briefly describe each and every stop of our cruise and they will mainly include pictures of the places we visited. As some of you may know, when you reach a harbour while going on a cruise, you have a very limited amount of time to see your destination, and so the amount of things you can see is also limited. However, I hope you can enjoy these short posts and the pictures they will include and you can get an idea about how wonderful this trip was and how recommendable it is to try to go on a cruise at least once in your life.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

And [I] lived happily ever after

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And [I] lived happily ever after:

The concept of "happiness" has always been deeply anchored in the human mind... Even as kids, in the tales that our parents read to us, there was always the typical "...and they lived happily ever after" - a quote that, unfortunately, as we get older, becomes so difficult that we even consider it as something impossible.

From the proverbs of Chinese philosophy, Hindu mantras, yoga, meditation, exercise, slogans such as "mens sana in corpore sano", "carpe diem" or "you only live once" and arriving today in the form of a hashtag in social networks (remember the already mythical "hygge" taken from Danish), the concept of happiness has been represented by thousands and thousands of photos, quotes, articles and even books. But what is happiness? And, above all, how do we reach it?

Monday, 21 August 2017

Granada: the Alhambra, Moroccan food and a colourful bazaar

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Granada: the Alhambra, Moroccan food and a colourful bazaar.

Hello everybody,

How are you?

I am here again today in order to keep my weekly publication until I finish with all the remaining ones and I would like to talk about Granada, one of the most visited Spanish cities thanks to the Alhambra.

My trip to Granada took place in November 2014 with two of my best friends. We went to Granada one weekend in autumn, but the colors in our hearts were not only those of autumn leaves fallen from the trees, but also the Moroccan fabrics, decorative ornaments and jewellery that we found in a little street located in the city centre. All this, crowned by the aroma of the thousand and one flavors of tea that we were fortunate to buy in one of the squares of the city and, of course, the Alhambra and all its corners, made with different techniques, and in different materials and colors.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Violence? No, thank you.

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Violence? No, thank you.

I have wanted to write a post like this for a long time, a post in which I will express my opinion about a very popular subject but which, regardless of how popular it is, bothers me a lot. I am aware that this is a travel blog, but I guess that since it is my personal blog, there's room for my own thoughts.

This post and the ideas included in it are my own thoughts, things that I have been considering after (1) the terrorist attack in Barcelona yesterday and (2) the accident in which visitors of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, where I volunteered for twelve months, died and were injured a few weeks ago. In both cases, as I keep in touch with both Spanish and Indian people, I have received messages on Whatsapp and Facebook in which the facts were presented, pieces of news from the newspaper were included, and a lot of graphic images were spread: images of dead people lying on the street with ripped clothes, blood on their skin and visible broken parts of the body.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

What to take and what not to take to India

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What to take and what not to take to India.

Dear all,

Having spent one year and a half living in India, I usually think about the advice that I would have liked to receive before going there, especially in order to make some room in my bag and bring some more souvenirs from the country of colours and spices.

That is why, in order to provide you all with some more valid information about what you should and should not pack before your trip to India, I will make a list of must-take and another one with items that people usually take but need not. If you have any doubts or wish to read about one specific topic, I would love to hear your queries and I will try to give you a proper answer. So, do not hesitate to leave a comment down below and I will do my best to provide you with a relevant, satisfactory answer. Of course, living in India for one year and a half does not make me an expert at Indian traditions, but I might be able to give you an insight into the needs that you might have there, as, not long ago, I was also inexperienced in terms of the dos and don'ts, the what-to-take and what-not-to-take.

Without further ado, let's talk about it!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Alleppey: a trip to the quiet area of Backwaters, in Kerala.

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Alleppey: a trip to the quiet area of Backwaters, in Kerala.

In July 2016, as many of you already know, I started working at an international school in India. That was, in fact, the job that, unfortunately, I had to resign from because of the family situation that I have so often talked about lately. That unfortunate situation was the one that pushed me to cancel my three weeks in Thailand and return to Mallorca, my birthplace.

However, during my time living in Bangalore (India) I went on some outstanding trips around the country of colors and spices and my destination in the first long holiday I had, in October 2016, was Kerala and I went with my friend Cristina, whom I met during my volunteer work in Anantapur and who you have also heard about in the publications of New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Agra: visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World

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Agra: visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Hello friends and welcome back to my blog!

Today I am here to talk about the final spot of a trip through northern India, including Delhi and Jaipur, which was Agra. People have been asking for this post for a long time, so I hope you enjoy it!

Our goal when arriving there was none other than visiting the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and that was why, even before we started our trip, we did everything we could so as to be as close as we could to this gem, recognized as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1983.