A Day in Cuenca

A Day in Cuenca

A town with houses hanging over the edge of a cliff. And what’s more, it’s a town under an hour from Madrid on the AVE. Yes, you should visit Cuenca to see its famous Casas Colgadas (hanging houses), but really there’s so much more to see. Of course, you’ll probably take a walk to the top of the … Continue reading

Spring in the Centre of Spain

Spring in the Centre of Spain

While autumn has been getting well and truly settled in with temperatures dropping and leaves changing colour, I’ve been reminiscing about spring. The blossoms here in Spain may not rival those of Japan or South Korea, but they’re still beautiful and an exciting sign that the dark and frigid mornings of winter have come to an … Continue reading

The Road Less Travelled in Morocco

The Road Less Travelled in Morocco

To Casablanca or not to Casablanca, that was the question. With 10 days to get from Rabat to Marrakesh and no plans, I had a big decision to make as our group headed in two different directions. Should I go north to very traditional Fez with its UNESCO medina and then to ride camels in … Continue reading

An Initiation to Africa in Rabat

An Initiation to Africa in Rabat

“‘Cause this is Africa,” I hummed as I walked through customs at the airport in Rabat. One of the benefits of budget airlines is that you don’t always fly into the city you want to. Benefit, you say? Isn’t that exactly what you don’t want? Well, in the case of Morocco it took us to … Continue reading

The Pull of Porto

The Pull of Porto

I’d been dreaming of moving to Spain ever since I got home from my university exchange in 2006. So naturally the first long weekend I got when I finally did move to Madrid, you’d imagine I’d spend it somewhere in Spain, right? Wrong. Thanks to some cheap Ryanair flights, a little bit of arm twisting … Continue reading

A Day in Toledo

A Day in Toledo

“A city in Spain where Christians, Jews and Muslims once lived side-by-side in harmony?” you ask in disbelief. “Where?” you continue, interested by this statement because even with your basic knowledge of Spanish history, you know that none of these religions have got along for long periods in Spain. “Toledo,” comes the reply, “just half … Continue reading

A Day in Segovia

A Day in Segovia

Living in Madrid means living in the most land-locked location in Spain. Like me however, the Romans had a great appreciation for water and one of their most well kept ruins in this part of the world is the aqueduct in Segovia. Only about 2 hours from Madrid by bus, you feel like you’re entering an … Continue reading

Soaking It Up in El Nido

Soaking It Up in El Nido

It’s not every day you go to a place recommended to you by people who have never been themselves. It’s even less common that it becomes your favourite place on your three month trip. But that’s exactly how we ended up in El Nido (well that and a couple of flights and a 6 hour … Continue reading