Six Month Retrospective: Best in Food

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This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. So, I’ve decided to take a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer.

For me, travelling is as much about eating new and exotic foods as it is exploring and seeing amazing things. The last piece of advice my mom gave to be before leaving was: “Eat and try all the weird new foods!” It was advice that I’ve taken to heart since we arrived in Europe – and thankfully, only once has it not gone my way (it didn’t go my way for 10 days, but that’s a story for another day…)

Here’s a sample of the most amazing, weirdest and most surprising foods I’ve tried:

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Six Month Retrospective: Adventures in Europe and Beyond

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This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. In some ways, it feels like we’ve only just arrived, and in others it’s like we’ve been here forever.

This week, I’m taking a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer. Continue reading “Six Month Retrospective: Adventures in Europe and Beyond”

Euro Decor: Doors

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Apparently, I have this thing with doors.

Which is a good because Europe and Europeans are great at doors. No matter what city we visit, the doors are always on fleek! From bright colours and interesting shapes, to peculiar and unexpected adornments, Europeans really go all out with their front doors.

To kick off this week, I thought I’d share with you some of the good, colourful, and plain old interesting doors and doorways we’ve encountered (so far) in Europe. Continue reading “Euro Decor: Doors”

Travel Diary: Sintra

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On our last full day in Portugal, we decided to once again hop on the train and explore one of the historical cities surrounding the capital. This time, our trek would take us to Sintra.

Without getting into too much detail, the morning of our Sintra trip I woke up and did not feel good, and little did I know that this would be the first of eight days of feeling disgusting. In retrospect, I should have stayed home; but ever the wanderluster I forged on and we hopped on the train for Sintra.

30 minutes (and €2.15) later and we were in Sintra. Dave had done all the research for this day trip so I didn’t know what to expect, but upon first sight I was blown away. The hills were covered in luscious forests, and dotted throughout were beautiful, colourful castles and mansions. Despite not being 100% well, I was ready to explore. Continue reading “Travel Diary: Sintra”

Travel Diary: Cascais

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Located just 30 kilometres west of Lisbon is the idyllic seaside town of Cascais. Technically, Cascais is a cosmopolitan suburb of Lisbon given the short commute, but in all honesty, it felt like we were worlds away.

This former fishing village gained popularity in the late-19th century when the Spanish royal family decided to set up their resort home in the area. Nowadays, in addition to being a cosmopolitan suburb of Lisbon, Cascais is a popular vacation destination for tourists, both foreign and domestic.

And, it’s easy to see why. With palm trees, stunning beaches, and amazing views, Cascais is a little slice of paradise. Continue reading “Travel Diary: Cascais”