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Our Home Away from Home: Villa Rental in Costa Brava

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Just two weeks ago, we took a break from work and had a relaxing vacation in Costa Brava (i.e. no laptop, no concrete plans and no work). We wanted to get some unplugged time and also take the opportunity to visit our dear friends Dan and Esme who had moved to Barcelona recently; Costa Brava is [...]

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Splish Splash: Aqua Trekking in Costa Brava

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With my hands across my chest, I take a leap into the shallow waters beneath me. It’s a 5m drop, nothing quite as intimidating as the heights I’d experienced while canyoning, but being the wimp that I am, I’m still slightly nervous. Carlos looks at me and gives me a reassuring nod. Within seconds, I emerge [...]

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Summer in Costa Brava: Exploring Secret Coves, Beaches and Trails

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Pardon me for a week of silence! We took last week off from work to treat ourselves to a holiday in Costa Brava. Many people think that I’m on a perpetual holiday since I’m constantly traveling — but few know how much work I put in and how exhausting it is to be on the road [...]

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My Packing List for the Camino in Summer

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So you’ve done all your research and you’re ready to hit the trail. Your Camino adventure is about to start — but wait, what should you pack? For the Camino, packing light is essential and it’ll make your life much more enjoyable and pain-free. As you’ll be carrying your pack for more than six hours/day, it’s important [...]

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A Quick Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

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As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Retracing its origins to the 9th century, Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of Saint James”, was an important pilgrimage route for the Christians. The Christian apostle Saint James [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Reaching our Destination, Santiago de Compostela!

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The final walk from Pedrouzo into Santiago de Compostela was possibly the hardest one we did. Walking at night was plenty of fun at first as we weaved through forests with our head torch and giggled in the darkness, but eventually our lack of sleep (and therefore energy) caught up on us and it was such [...]

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The Camino Diaries: The Final Stretch

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Tonight we will begin our last hike to Santiago de Compostela – the destination for most Camino pilgrims. Many people have recommended us do a night hike for a different experience (and to avoid the crowd and heat), so we’ve decided to do this last leg of the Camino at night to end with a [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Highs and Lows

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Over the past few days, I’ve experienced what has been perhaps the most intense moments of high and low within such a short time frame. After having tendinitis on my second day on the Camino, I fortunately made it back on the trail the next day. From Low to High That day turned out to [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Getting Injured on Day Two

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It’s only day two of our Camino walk and I’m already injured. Sigh. My left knee started aching terribly just when we were three-quarters through today’s hike and the pain just got worse and worse as I continued limping on the trail. I had to give up almost towards the end of today’s trek and [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Day One Updates

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The sky was tinged with purple streaks and the clouds were hanging low when we set off for our Camino pilgrimage this morning. It was barely dawn but we knew we needed an early start before the summer heat set in. Just as the doors of the albergue opened, we took our first step onto [...]

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The Camino Diaries: Why I’m Walking 300km

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This week, I’m off on a new adventure: I’m walking 310 km (192 miles) across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. I had learned about the Camino on my first trip to Spain almost eight years ago, and ever since then, I’ve dreamt of walking it. We’ve lived in southern Spain on and off for about four years [...]

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Staying in a Yurt in the Spanish Countryside

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Last weekend, we found magic in the Spanish countryside. It was a whimsical, spirited  place — a place of fairies, myths and dreams. I knew we’d found somewhere special the minute we arrived. It made my heart smile all weekend. We slept under the stars in our yurt, frolicked in the pool, cooked and drank with our [...]

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The Best of Germany — from Historical Sites to Traditional Brewhouses

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My recent visit to Germany surprised me on many levels and it reminded me of just how much we enjoy the country every time we’re there. We’ve traveled to Germany almost five times now, visiting different cities and during different seasons on each occasion. Germany never failed to surprise us with its rich history and [...]

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Holy Week in Granada: A Time of Mourning

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The atmosphere is solemn and the mood that hangs in the air is somber. Pointy-hood  wearing nazarenos (penitents) are walking slowly through the streets, looming tall and dressed in red, their hoods masking their faces and dark robes flowing along to the movement of their bare feet. Elegant women wearing black lace veils and high heels [...]

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The World’s Happiest Countries – Do You Agree?

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Since we’re on the subject of happiness, I’d like to share this interesting list of the happiest countries around the world compiled by the World Happiness Report. Every year, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network conducts a 156-nation survey and rank the happiest countries around the globe based on aspects such as healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life [...]

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