19 October 2016

Villa Vibes - Mallorca

I spent my last part of the summer in Spain in Mallorca where a group of 11 of us rented a huge Villa for the week. It started out with a random group of friends of friends all going but it ll worked out amazingly as we all got along great and had such a rad time. We spent our days lazing by the pool drinking, swimming and playing beer pong in our private pool. Then our nights drinking some more, eating family dinners and playing games. A few of the days we ventured in to different little towns around the area and also rented a yacht for the day to cruise around in. It was a great relaxing vacation and I'll leave you with a load of pictures from the week!














Here is a video I made from our week in paradise.


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13 October 2016

Barcelona

This summer was the first time I decided not to head back home to Canada for a visit and actually take advantage of the long break and beautiful weather in Europe. So I headed to Iceland first with my brother which you can read about here. Then I spent the rest of my summer in Spain!



I headed off for a girls week in Barcelona before one of my friends left for a year long travel around the world. My first experience with Barcelona was not the best and I actually didn't really enjoy the city but upon going back a second time I loved it! The food for one thing was amazing! We spent most of our days walking the city streets and the nights were spent going tapas loco! We got to hit up some amazing food spots that were recommended to Sara from other bloggers.



We took in the nightlife and went to see Steve Aoki at Pasha one night. Which could have been amazing but they literally packed the club so ridiculously full that you couldn't move anywhere. We lucked out and found a good little spot on the side of the DJ booth but it meant we couldn't see Steve Aoki very well the whole time. But we did have enough space to dance around which was better for us. 




Overall it was a very chilled out nice way to spend a week of my summer. I love any place that does good wine and good food :)

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18 September 2016

Boomtown Fair

This summer I attended my first ever festival which as it seems is a right of passage for most early 20-somethings over here. But in true late bloomer fashion I attended my first one in my thirties :)


I had no clue what to expect from a festival only from what people had told me which was
1. Wellies are a must since it's one big mud pit!
2. You're constantly dirty (as is everyone else)
3. The port-a-loos are the worst things ever
4. It's the 'best time they have ever had!'



Boomtown was such a good first festival to attend as it wasn't overwhelming and we somehow lucked out with amazing weather all weekend (I ended up leaving the wellies at home)! We opted for the comfort camping and stayed in bell tents for the weekend which only cost us a bit more and we got a big tent with lots of room plus access to private loos and showers. Which was fine for me as I'm not that fond of being unwashed for four days.
















The best thing about Boomtown is that they really don't have any huge names in music performing so all the shows we went to weren't overcrowded and we could actually get close up to every band we went to. Plus they had so many stages all over that you could just walk around and every 10 minutes you would hit a new show. It also has different districts each with it's own unique theme and immersive theatre happening all around you all the time. Which you won't get at most festivals.




Here is the video they made form this summer so you can get an idea of how cool it was.



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10 August 2016

Iceland

Had my GoPro with me in Iceland and sadly only used it on one of the days. But here is a little video from a day out in Iceland. This is my first time editing so it's a little shaky... but still cool.





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09 August 2016

Iceland

First off I can say that Iceland in the summer time is gorgeous! Before going I had talked to lots of different people who had been to Iceland and absolutely loved it,  so I had high expectations from the start. Iceland was the perfect destination for my brother and I to meet for our holiday as it turns out that Iceland Air does layovers from Canada to England and you can pick how long you stop in Iceland on the way. So he chose to layover for 7 days and I met him there. 

I found a great little place to stay on Airbnb which was just a 20 minute walk from downtown Reykjavik. It gave us lots of space with two bedrooms and had a sweet record collection to listen to in our down time.



The best part about Iceland is there are so many things to see and do. So on day 1 we were presented with the daunting task of picking some activities and tours from the vast amount of choices. There is literally 10 different companies that do the same whale watching... it all gets overwhelming fast. I suggest going in to the tourist information located in the centre of Reykavik and looking over all 

On the first day we did the free walking tour with CityWalk which I read about on Trip Advisor and thought it was be a good way for us to get our bearings around Reykjavik. The woman who did our tour was amazing. She gave us lots of good insight on the city and kept us entertained for the couple hours. It was great and I highly recommend it to anyone going. 

We booked a tour of the South Shore with Reykjavik Excursions which was kind of last minute but it turned out to be our favourite one of the week. The tour took us to some amazing sights. We got to see two waterfalls one where could walk behind and the other you could walk right up to it and under if you wanted to. Because it was such a gorgeous day outside both waterfalls had rainbows coming form them which just added to the mystical beauty that is Iceland. We also visited a black sand beach and got to get up close to a glacier. 





We took a windy boat ride to go whale watching with Special Tours. We got to spend a couple hours riding around and trying to track down whales. Plus an added bonus for me was listening to our guide talk about the whales in his Scottish accent. *swoon* We got really lucky as one of the whales was breaching so I got the chance to grab a few good shots.



The last tour we decided to take was the most popular tour The Golden Circle and we went with a smaller group through Gateway to Iceland.  and weren't as impressed as we were with the South Shore tour. This tour took us to see a massive waterfall, we walked between tectonic plates, went to the national park to watch geysers explode nd finished off the day at a natural hot spring called the secret lagoon. Our driver also stopped along the way for us to pet some horses which was one of the highlights of that tour.




Iceland is an incredible place. Reykjavik was a cool city with lots of things to do. We spent lots of time exploring the city and trying lots of food! I loved Iceland but if we could do it again, my brother and I agreed we would definitely rent a car since it's so easy to get around and drive. Plus you can camp all over the country as they have so many different little campsites around. At one of the waterfalls you could literally camp right near it. Which would be an amazing sight to wake up to in the morning.

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06 August 2016

Back at it.

Sadly this post is wayyyyyyy overdue. I have seriously neglected my blog for some time now. I blame it on the fact that I was using a very old Dell mini laptop from 2007 and it just was taking forever to edit pictures and write each post. So I just gave up. Upon my return from Iceland a few days ago all has changed. I tried to get the pictures off my camera and they would not open on my computer so I decided that was the last straw for my piece of shit laptop and made a snap decision to purchase a mac. Thank god for a little thing called a credit card. The next day here I am typing to you on my new Macbook Air... and it is glorious! Already I have swooned over the quality of my Iceland pictures and how quickly they have loaded. I am in love. So I have a lot to catch the blog up on...

New posts to come soon...
Christmas spent in Italy
Iceland

But it may take a while longer as I have some big travel plans for August:
Iceland (just got back)
Boomtown Fair
Barcelona
Mallorca

So I will try to post again soon but for now I leave you with some Iceland pictures to drool over.







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