Preciados Madrid

preciados:Ā precious A short reflection on art and the streets of Madrid šŸ™‚ I’ve seen a lot of art in the past few weeks (or even in general, having gone to a few in Amsterdam), at the CaixaForum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza (modern art museum). The Thyssen was amazing, but the Caixa was small and easy to…

My MadrileƱa Life (a preview)

Recently the four-month mark has passed on my time living in Madrid, and I can’t believe it’s nearly over already! I’ve dedicated some time (time spent not studying for finals) to reflect on a few places in Madrid and ways I have made it a second home. Uni My university is located about 30 minutes…

But first, coffee! | Holland part 2

This post will be about more than coffee, I promise! But I found that Amsterdam had an impressive cafe scene. There is a fairly high emphasis on fresh, organic produce which correlates to a generally healthy lifestyle (more on the bikes of Amsterdam in a second). Cafes 1) VinniesĀ  Not far from Centraal Station, I…

(I)Amsterdam | Holland part 1

Yesterday I got back from a trip to Holland! I’ll be dividing this post into two: the first on the highlights of my trip and the second on Amsterdam’s vibe and cafe scene. I spent my first full day museum-hopping – Amsterdam is known as a museum capital – and went to the Rijksmuseum. They…

Sunday in Segovia

Plans generally change for the better. Instead of taking our trip to Segovia on Saturday, Kitty, Natalia and I decided to go on Sunday to avoid getting caught in the forecasted rain. After grabbing some breakfast (and coffee!!) at The Little Big Cafe in Moncloa (Madrid metro stop) and an hour spent on the bus,…

La Pedriza and its Moods

I’m one of those people who says they love hiking, but never actually does it…until yesterday. La Pedriza is a rock formation in the Manzanaeres el Real region, about an hour outside of Madrid via train/bus. The weather had been pretty awful over the past week (a lot of rain) so thankfully when we left…

DSS 2016

My university held a cultural trip to San SebastiĆ”n (also known as Donostia) last weekend. I had been excited about it for a while as it was named Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2016 and was highly recommended for me to visit. There was only one catch, a small and somewhat unspecified detail: The tour…

The Colours of Lisboa | Portugal part 3

My trip to Portugal was my first solo travel experience, and I was surprised at how exciting it can be. I immersed myself in the environment in ways I never thought possible, and I let my days unfold on their own. I knew I wanted to take a quick trip on the famous tram 28…

(O)Porto | Portugal part 2

Before I left for Portugal, my friend Kitty was telling me about her experiences there. In Porto, she went to see one of the world’s most beautiful bookshops where it is said to have inspired J.K. Rowling during her time in Porto. So as a book lover and a Harry Potter fan, I woke up…

Pura Vida | Portugal part 1

Pura vida: pure life To put it simply, I loved my time in Portugal. My initial plan was to do two separate posts (one on my visit to Lisbon and the other on Porto) but I took far too many pictures and am really excited to share them, along with my thoughts. So there will…

FAB FOUR: MalasaƱa

I thought I’d bring this format back today! Of all the districts in Madrid, MalasaƱa is my favourite. It’s full of trendy shops, cafes and bars and has a bit of a hipster vibe. Sydneysiders in Madrid often say it is reminiscent of the suburb Surry Hills, which is probably why I love the area…

Comida

comida:Ā food Over the past few years, I’ve become what we like to call a “foodie”.Ā I have a huge appreciation for meals with fresh ingredients and cafes and restaurants with exciting vibes. It’s likely that this won’t be my last post that’s entirely food-related (and come to think of it, this isn’t the first either…or the…