This month we’ve been terribly busy and we are exhausted. The mere thought of continuing this crazy schedule of work, courses and events during November makes us tremble with fear. To top it all of, we have to suffer works at home. Oh life’s good… So what do we do when everything seems too much? Daydream about new destinations! This year Budapest has been discreetly climbing to the top of our bucket list. We already talked about it in February (click!) but lately it has been more present in our conversations about new destinations. And with Christmas season around the corner we can’t help but picturing how beautiful the city would be. For us, Eastern Europe is a complete mystery, so could Budapest be the door to our eastern neighbour countries? Have you ever been to Budapest? Any tips or recommendations?
16 years ago I spent a few months studying in Heidelberg. Yeah, I’m that old. No Euros, no low cost travel, no internet. No internet!!! So that really meant being abroad, away from your family and friends. I may or may not sound like a granny but, really, those were the old days… I had my first brunch there when it wasn’t even called a brunch, I used payphones to call home, I wrote letters, I cooked lots of Tortilla de patatas because before globalization there were still things that we didn’t know from other cultures, I spent a huge amount of time in trains, I tried to surprise my best friend in Geneva but didn’t met her because there weren’t mails or mobile phones to warn her… I had a great time. It was disastrous, fun, scary and wonderful. This weekend I’m taking my mum and P. to Heidelberg and I just can’t wait. It’s going to be a walk down memory lane and I’m really looking forward to it. I guess everything is going to be …
Have you ever thought that some destinations are better if enjoyed at a certain age? Well, I do think that every age has its destinations. Long exotic journeys are for those years in college and things like tours around Tuscany call for a more mature and slow-paced travellers. Well, we feel that we belong in the latter group, so we’ve been planing a road trip in Tuscany for a while. It would be nice to spend a few days in Florence breathing art and history. Then we could rent a car and get lost in the famous Tuscan countryside. Eat, drink, relax, repeat. I know is a fantasy that most of us have: Tuscany! It’s almost a brand, a cliché… but wouldn’t it be nice to make it a reality?
We have to confess that Morocco was not very high on our bucket list. P. visited Casablanca a few years ago and came back with mixed feelings. I’ve never been to Morocco and never gave it a thought, to be honest. But recently, we’ve started reading about new hotel openings, camps in the dessert, crowded markets and lonely walks in the Atlas Mountains… and now we have the urge to visit and get to know Morocco. What about you? Is Morocco on your bucket list? If so, stay tuned for Thursday because we will share with you something that might interest you ;)
Now that Paris Fashion Week is here, we can’t help but remembering March last year, when we pretended we were street style photographers. We had a blast during a long weekend during Paris Fashion week. We stayed at a very pretty boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter, ate the most amazing burgers here, escaped from the FW madness wandering through the beautiful streets and squares of Paris while enjoying the first signs of Spring and we even had a night out! We would love to come back to Paris in Autumn, though. Crispy mornings with freshly baked croissants, long walks along the Seine… Oh and a day trip to Versailles! We’ve never been there but we sure we would love it! Who else is dreaming about Paris?
October (or should we say the end of September?) is almost here and we can’t help but think about Oktoberfest. Munich is a city that we have had in mind since we moved to Germany. We have thought a lot about that trip, but as you should know if you follow us, we haven’t made it yet. Yet. The key word! Now there is finally a good excuse to go: our friends have moved there and maybe it’s time to pay them a visit, don’t you think? We are not specially fans of crowded places, so we probably will avoid Oktoberfest… luckily there is a lot more to do in Munich!
If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter (@theslowpace) you know that we spent the weekend in Amsterdam. We’ve had a great time and we absolutely need to come back to get to know the city a little bit better. A weekend was obviously not enough! And that made us think about other places that we need to revisit. The first one that came into our minds was Edinburgh! Besides, with Autumn just around the corner we know that tartan is making its comeback… so thinking about Edinburgh is inevitable! (Well, the Scottish independence referendum this month is another reason to think about Scotland too… but let’s not get into politics and stick to tartan and shortbread). Edinburgh is a city that is really close to my heart. Lots (I mean: lots!) of years ago I spent a wonderful and terribly fun Summer studying there. I remember the melancholic weather, the grey sky and the beautiful trees that showed the first signs of Autumn. But I also remember the crazy shopping in Princess Street, the …
Last week we almost booked a trip to Amsterdam. We wanted to do something spontaneous, so we decided we would book a hotel for the weekend, jump on a train and enjoy the city! Of course that didn’t happen. I just can’t be spontaneous. No hotels available, problems with the trains… I hate being spontaneous but when I try the universe stops me! Anyway! Amsterdam is one of those cities that we want to visit but apparently we can’t, like Stockholm or New York. Oh well… we’ll just keep trying! Maybe next Spring? I can totally picture us on our super cool bikes, smelling the tulips, wandering through the Canals, eating Gouda… sigh! ;) What about you? Are you spontaneous when booking your trips and holidays? Or are you a control freak like me?
We are city girls but sometimes a countryside getaway is just what the doctor ordered. It’s been three years since we don’t visit Valle del Baztán so it was about time! Next week we will be heading to one of the most beautiful areas of Spain. Quiet mornings, delicious food, afternoon hikes in the mountains and maybe a day trip to San Sebastián are waiting for us. If you love off the beaten track destinations, if you enjoy nature and if you are looking for the best chocolate (hello Elizondo!)… Valle del Baztán is for you! If you want to come along, follow our adventures via Instagram and/or Twitter! PS: Read our tips to make the most of Valle del Baztán here.
In a couple of weeks we will be flying to Spain to visit friends and family. We just can’t wait! Before heading to the beach, we will be spending a few days in our beloved Madrid. Oh, we miss that city! We lived there for a few years and we always dream about coming back. There is something about Madrid that makes it unique: you always feel welcome. It doesn’t matter where you come from, this city will make you feel at home in no time. We are looking forward to visiting this exhibition, meeting our friends for tapas in La Latina (with a couple of new babies hopefully!) and finally seeing my old coworkers, who I haven’t seen in a long time. But we need your help: any new addresses that we just can’t miss? New restaurants, bars or shops? We would be really thankful if you leave us your tips on the comment section! Thanks a million!