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Caracas, Venezuela

Me as well as my mum were both born in Caracas, Venezuela. And if we didn’t move away when I was very little, if only we stayed there for a bit longer, who knows where I would be in my life right now.

Venezuela

I consider Venezuela as one of the wealthiest countries you will have the luck to visit -if you do, someday- from the wildlife, the wide variety of foods, the beaches, the Ávila, the music, the arts and the countless “I got to pinch myself” to believe the accessibility I had to a place with that amount of beauty.

As I was born there, I could have a bias, but the value you keep for living in such beauty cannot be replaced with any material thing. Although we did move away when I was so little, part of my family still lives in Caracas, and with them a sense of self still remains very closely identified with it.

If you’re Venezuelan and know where to get the following foods from, let me know: Arepas, tequeños, papas, pirulis, cheese wheez, cocosettes, Ovamaltina, colita fresca y bati bati.

Living in Dominican Republic

Those were times in which you would eat what the sea brought you, you would dance to whatever music was around you, you would play, explore, and in my case, sometimes chill up in the trees where I could find peace.

  • Caracas, Venezuela

  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

My family lived in Punta Cana when growing up, which does sound too good to be true. The only memories I still hold have been nudged by photos, family videos and those little stories you hear your family tell their friends.

Those were times in which you would eat what the sea brought you, you would dance to whatever music was around you, you would play, explore, and in my case, sometimes chill up in the trees where I could find peace.

Who knew those are the precious memories that one day will take your breath away by only remembering them. Those were the most precious years of our family time.


Yoga

There’s a very big community of people who are starting to join Yoga classes world-wide, as they know all the benefits that such activity can provide, not only physically but psychologically too.

YOU CANNOT ALWAYS CONTROL WHAT GOES ON THE OUTSIDE. BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS CONTROL WHAT GOES ON THE INSIDE.”

Since my time in China, I’ve always been a great fan of Yoga. There’s a very big community of people who join Yoga classes world-wide every day, as they know all the benefits that such activity can provide, not only physically but psychologically too.

In Melbourne they offered classes in front of the beach for sunset, and the views were mesmerising.

If you are travelling to Melbourne, there are so many pages full of information of where to go to do Yoga. Communities online were the ones who started the movement, and now there are hundreds of us doing yoga infront of the beach for only $5 or even for free.

Melbourne is one of those cities where you’ll never get bored and there will always be things to do. DEFINITELY one of the most beautiful and entertaining cities I have ever visited. To know more about Melbourne click here. A must-go.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The good thing about Amsterdam is you end up discovering cute little unconventional coffee shops in any alley you walk by, so there’s always places to go if you’d like a controlled sense of self

Amsterdam @ Uni

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You can go to Amsterdam for a couple days or a long weekend and still get a good glimpse of what the Dutch lifestyle is. Although my family lives close to Arnhem, an hour away from the city, me and some friends decided to book a low-budget hostel in the city centre and hired some bikes to make the experience as unique as we could.

We found this ‘artsy’ hostel part of the ‘WOW’ chain and stayed there for 5 days, the hostel was recreational, respectful, full of light, colour, a great place if you’re planning to be trippin’, as it is also surrounded by nature. The only place I would have avoided is the Bull Dog, as we found ourselves rammed anxiously inside with little space and too many people queuing.

The good thing about Amsterdam is you end up discovering cute little unconventional coffee shops in any alley you walk by, so there’s always places to go if you’d like a controlled sense of self – great for when taking those coffee shop brownies – .

Rotorua, New Zealand

New Zealand is an amazing experience, no doubt. It is not only amazing for the views and landscapes but for the people, the kindness and grace they all share when getting to know tourists. Everyone was happy to help us, and they were incredibly patient not only in the hostal we stayed, but even strangers in the streets.

We only had time to visit the northern island, which is so beautiful and peaceful. We booked our adventures with PeterPans Adventure Travel, they gave us amazing discounts for a range of activities such as zorbing, rafting, visiting the glowworm caves and the thermal baths in Rotorua.

Rotorua is also called the volcanic city, and its’ distinctive smell is hard to ignore once you arrive to the city. We wondered around and walked around different lakes, interestingly enough every lake had a different distinctive colour, from red, purple, yellows and greens…The colour of the lake can be attributed to rhyolite and pumice on the lake bed. You can read more about it here.

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Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef

We stayed in Cairns for 3 days. Cairns is beautiful, the Esplanade is amazing and it’s the perfect location to sunbathe, drink with friends and have some late nights with friends and music. 2-5 days are enough though

Scuba-diving the Great Barrier Reef

Rating: 3 out of 5.

We stayed in Cairns for 3 days. Cairns is beautiful, the Esplanade is amazing and it’s the perfect location to sunbathe, drink with friends and have some late nights with friends and music. 2-5 days are enough though.

We experienced heavy rains on the 3rd day and that’s when we realised there is not much else to do in Cairns, aside of the Esplanade. mainly to visit the Great Barrier Reef and some beaches, then continue to go south, do not stay more than that, as you’ll get bored and won’t know what to do (Some friends went to the cinema and watched a movie, but that’s not what you’re after when you’re travelling in Australia, right?)

You can go up North to visit Palm Cove. It only takes 45 minutes and the beach is insanely beautiful, but don’t go bathe as there’s box jellyfish and crocodiles. However, there is a designated bath area where you can still go in and have a swim (at least it’s something). You can also go to the Botanic gardens if you have spare time,

The Great Barrier Reef was done in one day. You go early morning with a designated boat that will take you there, it takes around 4 hours, but boats provide you with food, drinks and fun games where you can meet people and make friends.

On board you can choose to scuba dive or snorkel, scuba diving is more expensive but definitely worth the money. You don’t need to be an expert to scuba dive, you can have a quick learning lesson on board that will provide you with all the information needed for the diving.

Alert!!! Don’t get your expectations to high. You will get disappointed. The Great Barrier Reef is NOT this anymore: It is pretty devastating how colourless and depressing it looks down there. But this is the reality, there is no colour, barely saw any fish, and didn’t see any turtles at all. They might tell you “If it’s you’re lucky day you’ll see plenty of fish, turtles and sharks!” But most agencies just try to sell you the trip. Be prepared to see some damage.


Barcelona, Spain

My Barcelona

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was lucky enough to grow up in Barcelona for a couple years, and I had a taste of what it is to live 5 minutes away from the best mediterranean restaurants with fresh fish and delicious tapas. Catalans have an incredible and autonomous culture; it’s one of those magical cities you promise yourself to come back to someday.

If you ever go to Barcelona, make sure you visit Ciutat Comtal for the best tapas. It can get a bit crowded but their food makes the wait worthwhile. If you are looking for something a little bit more local make sure to get yourself lost in the streets of the Raval area, near the Ramblas. This is the epi-centre of happy hours, cocktails and wines to sip while watching the sunset with friends.

If you’re travelling to Barcelona in the summer make sure you opt for trams and public buses – they are equipped with some cold air coolers – and it will leave you in the same places the underground does, but without those hot flushes you get when using the underground. If you get a T-10 (10 rides) you can re-use it in any public transport..

Barcelona in photos