Expectations vs. Reality: Madrid, Spain

When embarking on a new adventure it’s hard not to have expectations for what life will be like. We all do it – whether it’s starting a new job, heading off on a trip, or moving to a new country or city – we fantasize and daydream about the way our days will look, how we’ll spend our time and just how absolutely amazing everything will be.

Before I moved to Spain, I spent days – really, weeks – daydreaming about my time abroad. I would dream about the glorious sunshine I would bask in, the delicious coffee I would relax with each morning, and the flawless Spanish I would speak with ease.

But, what we expect and assume usually isn’t what ends up happening.

Before moving to Spain, I had a lot of expectations and assumptions about how life would be in Madrid, but almost none of them came true. My reality in Spain was very different than the one I had imagined; in some ways, it was harder and in others, it was so much better than I could have ever hoped. Here are some of the expectations I had before moving to Madrid, Spain, and the realities that I experienced while living there. Continue reading “Expectations vs. Reality: Madrid, Spain”

A Day Trip To Uppsala

Uppsala is the historic and spiritual heart of Sweden.

Famous as a medieval university city, Uppsala was once the political and religious centre of Viking-era Sweden. Today, it is Sweden’s fourth largest city and one of the country’s most dynamic thanks to its bustling university population.

Located just 40 minutes north of Sweden’s capital city, Uppsala is the perfect option if you’re looking for a quick and interesting day trip from Stockholm.  Continue reading “A Day Trip To Uppsala”

5 Reasons To Visit Gdansk

Located on Poland’s northern coast, Gdansk is a city known for its rich history and quaint seaside vibe. It might not be the first or even second Polish city you think of but for me, it ranks as #1.

Last January, Dave and I took advantage of some cheap deals and went for a weekend city break. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect from the city, but we were not disappointed. From the food to the sights, Gdansk blew us away.

Here are the top five reasons I think you should plan a visit to Gdansk.

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Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

Well, September was quite the month.

The first two weeks of the month were nothing short of a whirlwind. In just a matter of days I finished up work, packed up and (intensely) cleaned our flat, and said goodbye to friends.

Before I could even take a breath, we were on our way to Stockholm, saying goodbye to Leeds for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017”