I decided that I was going to start fresh with another website (more professional).
I stayed at a hotel called Jini Guest House. The hotel has a view of the Gwangalli beach front, the diamond bridge and facilities include free breakfast in the morning. The lift was made of glass also so we could see the view when going up or down.
Along the beach there are lots of cute restaurants and if you go, make sure to try Bibimbap (rice and veggies and seaweed) and Kimchi at a local Korean restaurant. If you walk around and you see people having picnics near the sea. Drinking Soju is an unavoidable step towards your goal of exploring the real Korean life! My friends and I did it on the beach and we lit up fireworks on the beach, then went out in a club. There were no beds, so we slept in futons.
On the next day, we went to the cultural village (Haedung Yonggungsa).
We had red bean noodles which is a Chinese dish but you should definitely check it out! Then we went to hike in Jangsan. From the top of the hill you can see the city from afar, waterfalls and fireflies. Just make sure you go back to the city before it gets dark (hmm hmm). After making that beginner’s mistake, we (safely?) came back to Busan at night, went to Mad Dog to have something to eat and left the next day.
This was the perfect getaway weekend from where I live (Beijing). People usually know about Seoul but Busan is worth it, you should give it a shot!
So, is Busan on your list yet? 🔥
California is and always be my home… Actually, I’ve never lived there, but every time I go, it feels like it is my home. So far I’ve been three times, and each time was very different. Let me tell you about the third time I went. I wanted to come visit my friend who lives in San Francisco. I lived in Paris then, so I took a flight, got to SF, and the adventure began!
One thing I would recommend while in SF is to go to the parks. There are so many, and they each have a different vibe. This time I discovered the Glenn Canyon Park, Golden Gate Park, Billy Goat Hill and went to a few museums (SF MOMA..). I tried a Mexican hot chocolate (delicious discovery, I can assure you!). And walking around, I got to see amazing cacti, architecture (that’s actually one of the reasons why I love SF so mucho).
My friend is so good to me, she made me breakfast with some tea, coffee and a buddha mug (hell yeah, she’s the best!).
When you cross the bridge, you get to Sausalito, where you can escape the fog (Goodbye Karl – yes, SF fog has a nickname!).
I also went to Oakland, to see a friend, we had lunch at a place downtown and chilled around the lake.
With my other friend and her roomates (hi guys!), we went hiking in the area, and yes, if you were wondering, these are clouds!
That is when our road trip began!
This is Zion National Park, where we decided to fight the odds and try the hike of the Narrows. If you decide to go, beware of the flashfloods!
At this point I decided to dye my hair pink. It didn’t work very well haha. We went past Bryce canyon, and kept going towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park.
I made friends with chipmunks (I was the only one who cared).
But can I blame them? What they really wanted to see was this… the Lower Calf Creek Falls. Because it is so far from the main canyons and we had to hike for a few hours to access it, we were pretty much alone.
After all this hiking, fire-making (thank you friend), we decided to spend a day and night in Las Vegas. At first I wasn’t interested, but it turned out to be really fun! However I wouldn’t spend more than two days there, unless gambling and partying is your thing. We stayed at the Luxor hotel.
When we got back to SF, I had to attend a wedding in Fremont, we enjoyed some more of the city, tried a pole dancing class (fun!) and went to the redwoods.
We had a drink at the fancy Cliff House restaurant where we watched the sunset.
On the last day I got to see some more cool SF street art. I love it!
What do you guys think? Are you ready to give it a shot?
When I first came to Amsterdam, I was surprised at how modern and cute it was – I mean, really surprised. I didn’t know what to expect. The architecture is really cool, and there are lots of cafés with interesting and unique concepts.
I used the P+R system, which allowed me to park the car outside the city for 3 days for a total of… 3 euros! But you have meet the requirements when you get back to the parking lot, meaning using the tram not the bus, and checking in when you are in the city center. We had to go back and do that, otherwise I would have paid 72 euros!
Now here’s our summary of the trip:
Day 1, arrival in the evening:
I walked around downtown (for a change, you know how much I love walking) and saw the red district, tried some NYC pizza, and fries in a burger bar.
I woke up and went to the flower market, tried some (lavender, red pesto, baby goat) cheese, Belgian and Dutch waffles. After that I went to the Pluk Café, it was a bit hard to find a spot but it was worth it! I highly recommend it!
On our way to the Moco museum where I saw an exhibition on Banksy, I stopped by the I Amsterdam Sign, and followed the old tradition of taking a selfie with it in the background. I finally had a burger at Ter Marsh, it is opposite the Flower Market.
I started out the day with a few hours at the Van Gogh Museum, ate lunch at the amazing Avocado Show, where I had an avocado burger, a bagel with flowers and sweet potato and a delicious mushroom sauce. In the afternoon I gave the Heineken Experience a shot and was offered 3 beers. After that, I tried an Argentinian Restaurant and through the window saw a bunch of celebrities here to see the premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody. I then went to a bar downtown.
I tried to get into Ann Frank’s House, but didn’t manage to get tickets online. It was sold out. I walked to Lot Sixty One, a tiny café on the outskirts of town, had some kebab and falafels at Baba, and went to the GREAT Blue Amsterdam rooftop bar.
A few things surprised me during this short trip: You have to check out when you leave a bus, and if you don’t your card doesn’t work when you take a correspondence. Many spots don’t take cash, it’s only credit card. And to buy tickets for attractions, it’s online only! And there were many Argentinian restaurants.
I hope you enjoyed your read, and that it inspired you somehow. Let me know if there something you’d like to try 🙂
Bye bye! x
It’s been a while since I haven’t posted about Mainz, Germany so I thought I would catch up on this a little.
The Big Easy is our favorite place to celebrate Halloween. They serve amazing sweet potato fries and you have a great view of the river. You should try it!
This is the dome of Mainz. It’s very pretty inside too!
Have you ever been to Germany? What are the top spots in your opinion?
It’s my fourth time in the US and I just love it!
This time I went for three weeks to SF at my friend’s house and we did a road trip around Utah and Nevada…
I’m lucky because I could meet another friend of mine who lives in the area! After lunch in a Mexican restaurant and a little walk we grabbed a Mexican hot chocolate. We also visited Oakland.
With my friend-host, we went to Sausalito for the day.
We then left for our road trip! We started by Zion National Park, where we hiked the Narrows.
We drove all the way to Grand Staircase Escalante National Park.
We saw a chipmunk (cute!).
And we finished our trip in the Luxor Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, with some cocktails by the pool.
On our way back, we kept on visiting the city, discovered the Dropbox headquarters with my friend’s roommate (Hi Tanner!), we went into the Red Woods (I love these woods) and we tried some classes (Pole dance and aerial flow yoga).
I’ll be back!
I ADORE the US, and, somehow, I always end up back there. Do you have any country that you always end up going back to? Let me know 🖤
On our arrival there was a storm so it was a bit chaotic but then we had quite good weather! We stayed at the Apple Hostel Moscow, near the Kitay Gorod metro station.
You can see the Moskva River, just like on TV!
The big shopping center by night (the GUM) was really impressive.
From the Central Children’s Store, we had an incredible view of Moscow.
The Alexander Gardens, the golden Dormition Cathedral are other landmarks that you must visit in Moscow!
The World Clock Fountain is really cool too.
Of course we had to go to the Vodka Museum.
Here is the Bolshoi theater (although it was closed so we couldn’t go inside and see a performance).
We went inside the State Tretyakov Gallery, where we can see the famous “Girl with Peaches” painting and sea paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky.
Don’t forget to take the metro because in Moscow it is really beautiful!
One of my favorite things was the Gorky Park, where you can hear classical music as you watch the water fountains.
We then took the night train to Saint Petersburg.
We stayed at the BroadSky Hostel.
We walked around a lot, met a nice Russian girl (hi Vicky!) who brought us to a pizzeria with a view of the Kazan Cathedral.
She took us to a party downtown and we went on a roof at night.
We also saw the Isaac Cathedral…
And Church on the Savior on Blood.
Here are some other views of Saint Petersburg: The Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt (a shopping street), the Palace Square…
From there, we visited Peterhof Palace, the Russian version of Versailles!
I remember when we decided to go to Russia, people were confused because it wasn’t common, but we loved being there and we were extremely well welcomed.
So, is that on your list now?
A year ago I decided to (finally) go to Thailand. I arrived at Phuket, went to Khao Sok and then to Bangkok.
Looking for tips online, I found the Natural Restaurant, a restaurant with vegetation everywhere! It was my favorite restaurant in Thailand. They have fresh juices and a famous dessert: mango sticky rice!
The next day, I went on a tour to Phang Nga Bay. It was organized by the John Gray Sea Canoe company. The whole day was spent on a boat on the Adaman sea, we had canoes to visit three caves. Always smiling, our guide was fun and helpful. We ate some traditional food on the boat, and we could swim around the islands.
If you like DIY activities, you’ll love this one! We made our own krathong, made a vow and let it go on the water. We also saw bioluminescent plankton in the water (when you put your hand in the water they appear it’s like magic!).
On the next day, I took a bus to Karon Beach.
And I left for Khao Sok by bus. When I arrived in the jungle it was night time and I went to a restaurant in the middle of the jungle and saw a big flying insect, just to remind me that I was in Thailand haha.
In Khao Sok I went in the jungle with a guide who showed me animals (insects, adult and baby monkeys) and made me breakfast and lunch (a freshly cut pineapple and delicious fried rice – probably the best food I had in Thailand to be honest). I swam in the river (before he told me that there were leeches everywhere!).
In Bangkok shit got real. The Songkran Water Festival (the New Year in Thailand) lasts three whole days and people throw water at you to bring good luck. It’s a lot of fun!
I hope you enjoyed this long article, I really loved our trip to Thailand so it was hard for me to reduce the number of pictures on this post.
I will definitely go back to Thailand in a few years to visit the North of the country (around Chiagmai). Feel free to leave a comment to give me some tips for that next trip, I’d be excited to read you!
Have a great day!
This year my friends made the proposition to go to Barcelona to celebrate New Year’s Eve. I took a few days before and after that night to enjoy the trip, as I hadn’t been in a loooong time.
Here’s a summary:
I arrived really early in the morning and couldn’t do the check-in so I went to a 365 Bakery to get breakfast. It was really nice and comfy!
I walked downtown and reached the sea, went to the beach and to the W Hotel in the evening.
I had some tapas in a delicious restaurant and some sangria.
The second day, in the afternoon I went to Park Guell after admiring Casa Batllo from the outside.
I visited the Museum of Illusions, which was tons of fun.
In the evening, my friends and I went to the restaurant The Cow Market. We had booked it online a few weeks before, it was a nice meal and wasn’t that pricey for a New Year’s Eve! They offered us some grapes and champagne to go (mostly because they wanted us to leave, I suspect though haha).
We went to the Poble, which is a big medieval castle, they had a party for New Year’s Eve which was nice, but it was a bit cold so we were glad to have booked the VIP tickets to go inside. The entrance included 4 drinks and some cotillions and grapes.
The next day I slept in the morning and in the afternoon I had tapas and beer at El Nacional, it was suuuper cute inside, all lit up.
On the fourth day, I did some shopping (its was the sales at Mango hehe), and ate a traditional paella at Mil Grito’s downtown.
In the evening, I went to a rooftop restaurant on top of a hotel, we had a view of Barcelona which was very nice and we could see the sea also. Yay!
My flight was pretty late in the evening so I went to a friends to relax a bit before being on my way.
Ever thought about celebrating New Years Eve in Barcelona?
If you need any tip, reach out and I’d be happy to help!